January 17, 2022

Middle Braves stifle Eagles 26-6

(Franklin) — The Heard County Middle School football team broke into the win column at home Thursday afternoon where they downed the visiting Mt. Zion Eagles 26-6.

The win moves the Middle Braves to 1-1 on the season after an opening game loss to Callaway two weeks ago. More importantly, the win moves the Braves to 1-0 in conference play with three more division games coming up during the next three weeks.

Eighth-grader Gage Cannon led the rushing attack for the Braves with two touchdowns including a rush in the first quarter and a 20-yard TD in the third quarter.

Quarterback Alijah Huzzie, another eighth grader in his first season as a Brave, also had a big game tossing two touchdown passes including a very pivotal 30-yard strike to Kayo Bradfield with just one second to play in the first half to give the Braves a 14-6 lead. Huzzie’s other TD pass which iced the game came in the fourth quarter to David Urquilla.

Alijah Huzzie (#4) connected with Kayo Bradfield (#12) for a huge TD pass with just one second to play in the first half in Thursday's 26-6 win over Mt. Zion

Alijah Huzzie (#4) connected with Kayo Bradfield (#12) for a huge TD pass with just one second to play in the first half in Thursday’s 26-6 win over Mt. Zion

Andrew Leak played well on both sides of the ball as well as converting the Braves’ only successful two-point conversion attempt.

Tray Owens led the defense with a dominant performance from the linebacker position, while Michael Cheney was a standout in the trenches.

The Braves travel to arch rival Bowdon next Thursday at 5:30 in what should be a pivotal game in the conference standings heading towards the playoffs later this season.

Early indications are that the Temple Middle School Tigers might be the team to beat in the small school conference after they pounded Bowdon Thursday 46-6.

Head coach Allen Sikes was pleased to get the win but knows his squad has a lot to work on heading into the heart of the season. “Glad to pick up a win today but we have lots to work on to get better in the next few weeks,” Sikes said after the game Thursday.

“A lot like the varsity team this year we have a lot of new faces and we need to work harder each week and focus on our fundamentals to have any chance at a championship season.”

The Braves will be back at home in two weeks versus Villa Rica before heading to Temple the following week for a game which could have huge implications in the playoff seedings and home field advantage.

In other middle school sports news, the Middle Lady Braves softball team knocked off Villa Rica for their second win of the season.

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