January 24, 2022

Middle Braves Rally to Stifle Wildcats 24-12

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(Franklin) — The HCMS football team used a last second first half score and a strong performance from the defense in the second half to rally to a 24-12 win over the visiting Villa Rica Wildcats Thursday to set up a divisional showdown with Temple this Thursday on the road.

The Braves looked to be in trouble in the home contest Thursday as the Wildcats took a 12-0 lead with 6:27 to play in the first half and picked off a pass on the next drive for the Braves.

The Braves defense then stepped up and recovered a fumble pitch by the Wildcats to shift momentum for good as the Braves scored 24 unanswered points in the game.

The pivotal stretch came with under 2:05 to play in the first half when Andrew Leak scored on a five yard run followed up with a two-point conversion by quarterback Alijah Huzzie to close the gap to 12-8. On the ensuing kickoff the Braves stunned the Wildcats by recovering an onside kick at the 46-yard line.

The Braves quickly drove down the field where Gage Cannon punched it in on a three-yard rush to give the home team its first lead. Huzzie again got the two-point conversion to extend that lead to 16-12 at the half.

The Braves defense dominated the rest of the game as they did not allow a single first down the entire second half. Leading the way for the defense was Cannon, Leak, Kezman Kelly, and David Urquilla.

The score remained 16-12 until late in the fourth quarter when Huzzie connected with Urquilla on a 44-yard TD pass to secure the win. Huzzia passed to Kayo Bradfield for the two-point play to make the final 24-12.

“Villa Rica started fast today– we knew they had a good ball team coming in we had seen some film on them and we had scouted them out and we knew all week we were going to have to work hard to get ready for them,” said Coach Sikes after the game.

“They were physical and just a big football team altogether. They jumped us 12-0 real quick but we were able to battle back and take the lead just before half. We had been talking to the kids all week about learning to deal with adversity and we had some eighth graders really step up to today and show some leadership.

Coach Sikes and staff will now face a difficult challenge on the road as they travel to Temple this Thursday (5:30) in a game that will decide home field advantage for the middle school conference playoffs.

Temple is undefeated overall and knocked off Central of Carrollton Thursday 34-20. Both the Braves and the Tigers enter this week undefeated in small school division games.

To see more photos from the game courtesy of Khris Martin visit facebook.com/KhrisMartinPhotographyServices.




  1. kezmann kelley says

    go braves

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