October 19, 2021

Middle Braves Win Exciting Game to Finish Regular Season Undefeated

The HCMS Braves celebrated 8th grade day with a nail-biting win over the Temple Tigers 28-22 yesterday at the middle school.

The big win culminated a perfect regular season for Coach Sikes and his team, the first in Heard Middle School history. Before the game all 8th grade football players, managers, cheerleaders, and band members were introduced with family members in a pre-game ceremony.

The Braves faced a tough challenge in the Tigers, a very big and athletic team, which this year moved up to the big school division thanks to some re-districting which also resulted in the Villa Rica team moving down to the small school division.

The Braves received the opening kickoff and marched down the field quickly. Austin Barron continued his scoring ways with a 15-yard touchdown run.

After a two-point conversion by Andrew Cannon, the Braves quickly led 8-0 with 5:23 to play in the first quarter. Later in the quarter, a Braves fumble led to a Tiger touchdown and conversion which knotted the score at 8-8 at the end of the first.

The Braves appeared to have added a passing touchdown just before the half, but the ball was fumbled into the endzone and recovered by the Tigers so the score remained 8-8 at the half.

The Tigers, powered mostly by a very athletic quarterback, scored quickly in the third to go on top 14-6. Things seemed to be going downhill fast after a Barron fumble at the Braves own 15-yard line, but the defense was able to step up big for a stop and the score remained the same.

Carlton White, only a 6th grader, then scored on an exciting 30-yard touchdown run and with the  successful Barron two-point conversion, the Braves regained the lead at 16-14 at the end of the third quarter.

The fourth quarter opened with the Braves facing a huge 4th and 12 from the Temple 25-yard line. A nice reverse to Austin Miller, in which he made several moves to avoid would be tacklers, resulted in a touchdown run for the underclassmen and after the failed extra point, the lead was 22-14 Braves with 7:46 remaining in the game.

The Braves then recovered their second onside kick of the game and seemed to be in control until yet another turnover allowed the Tigers new life. Temple took advantage and scored a touchdown plus two-point conversion to tie the game with 4:59 to play in regulation.

It seemed momentum had shifted to the Tigers until the next play when Austin Barron ran the ensuing kickoff back 90 yards to pay dirt as the Heard crowd went crazy. The very important conversion attempt was no good and the lead remained at only six points.

It appeared that the Tigers would answer the score when they marched deep into Braves territory with very little time on the clock but as they have done for Coach Sikes all year, the defense came up big and recovered a fumble at their own 1-yard line to seal the win and the undefeated regular season for the Braves.

The Braves will now host the first round of the playoffs versus Villa Rica this Thursday at 5:00 p.m. at the middle school. The winner of this game will then face the winner of Bowdon and Bremen in the championship game on October 20.

Best of luck to the middle Braves as they try to continue the magical middle school sports season in which both they and the middle girls softball team have remained unbeaten.


  1. This was one of the best football games I have ever watched.. Congrats to all the HCMS players, Coaching Staff and Cheerleaders for a most exciting afternoon.

  2. I agree that the game was one of the most exciting game of the season. I think each player that touched the field did a great job but also the players that do not get to play do the better job because they cheer their team on to win like the fans do. Just a reminder to the coaches, fans and the media, let all of us give those that sit on the sideline a hand for a job well done. The team do not consist of eleven players. Remember always what a team is. GOOD LUCK BRAVES

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