The HCMS Braves football team remained undefeated in conference play Thursday at home where they defeated a much improved Mt. Zion Eagle squad 28-14.
The Braves had possession first in the game and quarterback trey Alford march them right down the field for an early score.
Alford hit Austin Miller on a big pass play and then found Ethan Brant in the end zone to put the Braves on top.
Carlton White (#8) scored 2 brave touchdowns in the 28-14 win (Photo courtesy of Khris Martin)
Trey Wiggins added the extra point for the early 7-0 lead. Wiggins was an impressive 4-4 on the day with the PAT’s.
After a hold by the Braves defense on the next series Carlton White returned a punt for an 80-yard touchdown to give the Braves a 14-0 lead at the end of the first quarter. Defenses on both sides controlled the second quarter as the score remained 14-0 at the half.
Mt. Zion put a scare into Coach Sikes and the Braves late in the third as they reached the end zone for the first time cutting the lead to 14-6 but another Carlton White score put the Braves right back up 21-6.
A Jonta Gray touchdown for the Braves and a very late score by the Eagles left the final at 28-14.
Several Braves played well on both sides of the ball including Jeremiah Holloway who had several big tackles and a fumble recovery. Christian Murray had a big interception in the second quarter.
Other stand-out players were Connor Moon, Dylan Langley, and Peyton Ehlers. Quindon Dunson and Matthew Nilson also added some big hits in the fourth quarter.
The Middle Braves travel to Bowdon this Thursday for a big match-up with the Red Devils. With a win, the Braves would clinch home-filed advantage throughout the playoffs which start in two weeks.
“We knew we were going to be challenged by a much improved Mt. Zion team and our guys responded well with a division win. However, we have got to be able to play four quarters of football and learn how to put teams away when we have a chance. This is the second week in a row where we jumped out to an early 14 point lead and could not put a team away.”`Coach Allen Sikes