October 18, 2018

Middle Braves Shut Out Eagles

HCMS Caps 2

HCMS Captains before Thursday’s 22-0 win over Mount Zion (L-R): Micaiah Austin (#77), Wyn Denney (#24), Kesean Johnson (#4), and Dale Thornhill (#10)

(Mount Zion, GA) — The HCMS Braves traveled to Carroll County Thursday afternoon needing a win over the Eagles of Mount Zion to earn the final spot in this year’s middle school playoffs that begin next week.

They answered the call and then some with a dominant 22-0 shut out win over the Eagles on their homecoming day.

First year football player Dale Thornhill continued to improve under center leading the Braves’ offense all day long. He got the offense on the board himself early with a 6-yard TD run in the first quarter.

Full back Aden McClellan added the 2-point conversion and the Braves never looked back. McClellan had another short TD run himself set up by a long Thornhill run in the second quarter to put the Braves up 14-0 at the half.

The last score of the game came on a nice 50-yard touchdown pass play from Thornhill to Ayden Cannon on the first play of the fourth quarter. Thornhill ran the conversion in to extend the lead to the final score of 22-0.

The starting offensive line made up of Devin Holley, Tray Owens, Micaiah Austin, Anthony Grayley, and Landon Holliday did an outstanding job opening the holes for the Braves and protecting Thornhill on the passes.

Defensively, Micaiah Austin had a huge game including three first half sacks and several tackles for losses.

Other defensive standouts included Wyn Denney, Gerrin Holley, Grayley, McClellan, and Cannon. Key Whitlow came up with a big fumble recovery late in the game.

The middle Braves now look to get some revenge in the first round of the playoffs as they travel to Bremen next week for a re-match with the Blue Devils. The Devils won 38-14 three weeks ago after the Braves could not overcome several early turnovers.

Head coach Allen Sikes knows they will have to do better in the turnover battle to have a chance against the top-seeded Blue Devils next week.

“It was good to get to that first win to get us a chance to play Bremen again next week,” said Sikes. “We think if we can go up there and execute and not make mistakes and hang on to the football that good things can happen — we just have to execute successfully.”

This week’s game will likely kick-off at 5:00 p.m. in Bremen. In the other semi-final this week, Bowdon will take on Temple. The winners will meet for the middle school championship on Thursday October 22 at the home of the higher seed.

 

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