Extremely hot temperatures did not keep the Brave Nation away from Friday night’s scrimmage versus Greenville
(Franklin) — Seven different players found the end zone for the Braves Friday night during the final scrimmage tune-up before the regular season opens next Saturday night versus Fitzgerald at Mercer University.
The Braves varsity squad rolled over the Greenville Patriots 40-12 during the first three quarters before the score was reset to 0-0 for the JV fourth quarter which the Braves also won 21-0.
Head Coach Tim Barron was pleased but knows his team still has a lot to work on heading into next week’s match-up with the south Georgia power.
“You know tonight we were not mentally ready to play. We can’t have those penalties and mistakes like we did tonight. If we have those next week against Fitzgerald we will be in trouble, ” Barron said after Friday’s scrimmage. “I was excited that when I had seen enough of the first string that the second string came in there and had the drive that they did. We have to have a great week of preparation next week to be ready for a team like Fitzgerald.”
Sophomore Ethan Brant was the first to put the Braves on the board recovering an errant punt snap in the end zone to put the Braves on top early.
After recovering a fumble himself defensively, Duranta Dunson then scored on a 15-yard scamper to extend the lead to 14-0.
Freshman Carlton White scored next and following a long late second quarter TD pass by the Patriots, the Braves took a 20-6 lead into the half.
A large crowd was on hand for one of the hottest nights of football in recent memory with kickoff heat index readings well above 100 degrees.
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In the third quarter White rushed it in once again followed by a Chandler Polk fumble recovery which set up a short score on the ground by quarterback Emory Jones.
Jonta Gray, Devin Troy, and Mike Homes each scored during the junior varsity fourth quarter where the Braves depth proved a huge advantage on a hot and humid evening.
Former Marching Brave Jeremy Bishop received huge noise from the band section as he kicked two extra points while freshman Chris Carroll added the last extra point following the Holmes score.
Kickoff time is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. next week at Mercer University where the Braves will take on the Purple Hurricanes in the second half of a doubleheader.
Fellow Region 5-AA squad the Manchester Blue Devils will take on the Charlton County Indians at 5:00 p.m.