August 21, 2018

Middle Braves fall to Temple

The HCMS Braves finished the season as runner-ups in the West Georgia Middle Small School Conference with a record of 7-1

The HCMS Braves finished the season as runner-ups in the West Georgia Middle Small School Conference with a record of 7-1

(Franklin) — The Heard County Middle Braves football team finished the season at 7-1 and as runner-ups in the middle school small school conference after a disappointing 30-14 loss to the Temple Tigers at Staples Stadium last Thursday night.

A huge crowd packed the stands for the first ever championship game staged at the high school stadium.

Ashton Bonner scored a first half touchdown for the Braves and quarterback Leroy Marsh found Ayden Cannon on a long TD pass late in the game, but it wasn’t enough to overcome a talented Tiger squad for the second time this season.

The Braves had rallied to a 20-14 win at Temple during the regular season.

First year head coach Dustin Lane was pleased with the effort of his guys all season long.

“We knew it would be a difficult challenge to beat such a good team like Temple twice in one season but I just could not be prouder of how our guys stood up and fought in every game this season — even though in many of our games we were the much smaller team,” said Lane after the game.

“I also can’t say enough about all these people that came out to support us tonight this was by far the biggest crowd we have played in front of and we truly appreciate our community’s support,” said Lane.

Coach Lane wasn’t the only coach at Staples to notice the heart and determination of the young middle school players. Varsity head coach Tim Barron posted some very encouraging words on social media after the game as well.

“Tonight our Heard County Middle School was defeated by a very talented Temple team. Our young men and coaches were very upset about the loss and took it very hard,” said Barron .

“I want them to all know what I saw from my perspective as I watched from a distance. I witnessed a Braves team that executed extremely well! I witnessed a Braves team that played very physical. I witnessed a Braves team that showed heart and character regardless of the situation.”

“I am very proud of our middle school coaches and players,” Barron added. “You find out more about players and coaches when they face adversity than you do when things come easy. To all the coaches and players I want to say thank you for representing our community the Braves way!”

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