January 24, 2022

Middle Braves wear down Devils with strong 2nd half

Andrew Leak battles his way across the goal line for his 2nd TD in Thursday's 30-8 win over the Red Devils

Andrew Leak battles his way across the goal line for his 2nd TD in Thursday’s 30-8 win over the Red Devils

(Bowdon, GA) — The Heard County Middle School football team traveled to arch rival Bowdon Thursday afternoon and walked off the field with a 30-8 win fueled primarily by a strong second half performance.

Several turnovers by both teams had the game tied at 8-8 at the half before the Braves broke it open in the third quarter.

Tough pounding runs by fullback Andrew Leak all game long wore down the Red Devil defense late in the game. Leak had two touchdowns and a two-point conversion.

Gage Cannon put the Braves on top 8-0 early in the game with a TD rush and a two-point try before the Devils came back to tie the game at the break.

Andre Watkins broke away for a touchdown in the third quarter as the Braves pulled away.

Defensively, Kezman Kelly led the way up front while Cannon and Kayo Bradfield came up with big interceptions. Cannon’s interception stopped a Red Devil drive just before the half at the two yard line to keep the score knotted at 8-8. Bradfield returned his interception 35 yards to set up the Braves’ third score. Leak also had a fumble recovery early in the game.

On special teams, the big play came when Cannon recovered a nice onside kick by kicker David Urquilla.

“We came out and we played good today,” Coach Sikes said after the game. “We know the Bowdon game is always gonna be tough — it’s a big rivalry game for us all the way around. With that being said, our football team as a whole has got to get better at holding onto the football. We have to work hard to get better to be ready for our home game next week.”

The middle school band and cheerleaders also traveled for the game creating a “home on the road” atmosphere at Bowdon Middle School.

The Middle Braves will return home next Thursday to host the Villa Rica Wildcats who lost to conference favorite Temple 30-20 on Thursday.

If the Braves can take care of business versus the Wildcats it will set up a huge showdown at Temple on October 2 in a game which will likely be for home field advantage in the playoffs. The defending small school champion Braves have won eight consecutive division games.



  1. I am sooo proud or the braves football team and the braves band i know mrs.banard has worked really hard to get them together and if i was still a brave i would be really lucky to call it my home and i will also like to call out the best teacher there… mrs.banard she is my favorite out of all of the great hard working teachers there she treats every one like family and she is like a second mother to me she means a lot to a lot of people and we love her so so much

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