December 11, 2018

Playoff Rematches Highlight Braves Football Schedule

2018 Heard County Iron Braves (Standing L-R): No. 1 Zaylin Wood, No. 2 Andrew Leak, No. 7 Alijah Huzzie, No. 5 Aaron Beasley, No. 3 Tray Dunson, No. 4 Micaiah Austin, No. 8 Brenden Thompson, No. 9 Jacob “Big Kountry” Stephens (Front L-R): No. 10-T Tae Gray, No. 6 Komari Clark, and No. 10-T Jakab Moon

(Franklin, GA) — With summer workouts and the annual Iron Brave competition in the books, the 2018 edition of the Heard County Braves football team took the field Friday night for a full contact practice in front of a large crowd during ‘Midnight Madness.’

Despite the loss to graduation of elite starters Emory Jones and Jaden Moreland, the Braves return almost every other starter on both sides of the ball and expectations are very high for the Braves heading into the 2018 campaign.

The Braves will host Alexander in the lone preseason scrimmage this Friday night in Franklin and in addition it will be Hall of Fame night as the Brave Nation inducts Don Staples, Coe Bonner, Emily Chambers, Charles Echols, Dontavious Jackson, Shereetha Jackson, Hank Pike, Skip Reeves, and Kyle Yates into the Hall.

Newcomer senior Zaylin Wood won the Iron Brave this year and 11 Braves were named to the list thanks to a tie for the No. 10 spot between sophomore running back Tae Gray and senior kicker Jakab Moon.

Rounding out the top 10 Iron Braves were from No. 2 senior Andrew Leak, No. 3 senior Tray Dunson, No. 4 junior Micaiah Austin, No. 5 senior Aaron Beasley, No. 6 senior Komari Clark, No. 7 senior Alijah Huzzie, No. 8 senior Brenden Thompson, and No. 9 senior Jakob “Big Kountry” Stephens.

Iron Brave events consist of the Bench Press, Squats, Power Cleans, the 40-Yard Dash, the 300-Yard Shuttle Run, and the Broad Jump.

The top 10 participants each year are proclaimed the “Iron Braves” and each receives a t-shirt signifying their hard work and accomplishment. Each athlete scores between one and 30 points for each of the six events.

While no major preseason poll rankings have been released yet, the Braves will likely be a top five team in Class AA once that happens.

With preseason and Hall of Fame activities out of the way, the squad will travel south to Callaway Stadium to meet the Lagrange Grangers in the regular season opener on August 17. All regular season games will kick off at 7:30 PM this season.

The Braves will have the first of two open weeks on August 24 before facing off with two huge non-region Class AA opponents that will quickly let Coach Barron and staff know where the team stands compared to other top trams in Class AA.

The Braves will also be looking for some major revenge in each scenario as they face off with the same two teams that have eliminated them in the state playoffs the last two seasons.

Staples Stadium is sure to be on fire on August 31 when the Braves host defending Class AA State Champion Hapeville in a rematch of last season’s heart-breaking 28-21 last second home loss to the Hornets in the state semifinals.

In game three, the upperclassmen will be looking for revenge when they travel to Rockmart on Sept. 7 to face the same squad that handed the Braves their worst playoff loss in school history to close out the 2016 season. The Yellow Jackets fell 40-35 to Callaway in round two last season and should be a state contender once again this season.

In game four on Sept. 14, the Braves will host neighboring Central from up the road in Carroll County. The Braves knocked off Central on the road last season and have won two straight in the series after dropping the first four in the 1980’s and 1990’s.

The Braves will open the very important Region 5-AA action on Sept. 21 when they host upstart Spencer in the annual homecoming game. The Greenwave have reached the Class AA state playoffs the last two seasons and will be one of the tougher Homecoming opponents the Braves have dealt with in recent memory.

Following the second open week of the season, the Braves will then face back-to-back Region 5-AA road games when they travel to Temple on Oct. 5 and Jordan on Oct. 12 before returning home to meet the Callaway Cavaliers in the seventh edition of the Pulpwood Classic.

The Braves upended the Cavs 35-28 at Staples last season to bring back the Pulpwood trophy for only the second time in the series. The Cavs again have some top college prospects and will pose a huge challenge for the Braves as fans enjoy the teams biggest rivalry game at home for the second straight season.

The Braves will close out the home regular season slate with Lamar County on Oct. 26 before closing out the season at Bremen on November 2 in a contest that will likely have major implications on the state playoff seedings and Region Championship picture in 5-AA.

2018 BRAVES VARSITY FOOTBALL SCHEDULE

 

Friday, August 10:  Scrimmage  vs. Alexander (HOME)

Friday, August 17:  @ Lagrange

Friday, August 24:  OPEN

Friday, August 31:  vs. Hapeville Charter (HOME)

Friday, September 7:  @ Rockmart

Friday, September 14:  vs. Central (HOME)

Friday, September 21:  vs. Spencer (HOMECOMING)*

Friday, September 28:  OPEN

Friday, October 5:  @ Temple*

Friday, October 12:  @ Jordan*

Friday, October 19:  vs. Callaway (HOME)*

Friday, October 26:  vs. Lamar Co.*

Friday, November 2:  @ Bremen*

*Region 5-AA Games

 

 

 

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