June 24, 2018

Pulpwood Classic V Preview: Braves @ Callaway

Junior Brave quarterback Emory Jones (#6) will lead the Brave offense at Callaway Stadium this tomorrow night (7:00 PM Kickoff) as the Braves battle the Cavaliers in a game that will have huge implications in both Region 5-AA title picture and the Class AA State Playoffs.

Junior QB Emory Jones (#6) will lead the offense at Callaway Stadium tomorrow night (7:00 PM Kickoff) as the Braves battle the Cavaliers

(Lagrange, GA) — A healthy and well-rested Heard County Braves football team will travel to Lagrange tomorrow night (Thursday – 7:00 PM Kickoff) to meet its oldest rival, the Callaway Cavaliers, in the fifth edition of the Pulpwood Classic.

This week’s clash between two top 10 teams in Class AA may be the most hyped match-up in the storied history of the two programs with a lot to play for in terms of both the Region 5-AA and state playoff seedings.

This will be the first time the Pulpwood Classic has been played with both teams in the same region.

While the Braves (6-1, 1-0) have not seen live action since the 41-0 Fox 5 Game of the Week thrashing of Temple on Sept. 23, the Cavaliers (6-0,1-0) are coming off another impressive road win, 38-7 at Lamar County last Friday.

Coach Barron’s squad is ranked No. 8 in the state in Class AA and knows they will face a touch challenge versus a Cavalier squad loaded with D-1 prospects and athletes, the Braves bring in some highly-touted prospects of their own including Ohio State committed junior quarterback Emory Jones, junior wide receiver Jaden Moreland, senior athlete Austin Miller, and senior running back DayVin Troy.

The Cavs are ranked No. 3 in the state in Class AA and own an 11-7 advantage in the series since Callaway High opened in 1996 but the rivalry runs much deeper going back to the days of Hogansville High School.

The Greenwave dominated the Braves from 1974-1985 outscoring the Braves 315-82 before Heard County turned the corner winning seven of the final 10 games in the series between 1985-1995.

Brave alum and older fans will never forget the improbable Halloween comeback win over the Greenwave in 1985, the Braves first win in the rivalry.

Southpaw QB Darrell Stamey led the home team back from a 15-0 deficit late in the fourth quarter at Staples Stadium in a game where many fans had already left the stadium. The Braves scored two times and converted two 2-point conversions to win 16-15 and break Hogansville’s 13 game winning streak.

The Braves own two four-game winning streaks (1992-1995 and 2004-2007) in the series.

The Braves will not mind playing the game on Thursday night as they own a 2-0 series advantage in Thursday game including arguably the biggest win in Coach Barron’s tenure with the Braves on October 18, 2007.

The Brave defense keyed that magical 10-7 upset over an undefeated (6-0) Cav squad that entered the contest with one of the state’s most powerful offenses that was averaging 40 points per game in scoring. The Braves pulled off a similar 23-19 upset of the Cavs at Staples in 2010.

A Brave defense led by Jonta Gray, Moreland, Mike Holmes, Peyton Ehlers, Ethan Brant, Andrew Leak and Damion Hart might be the key to a win this Thursday night.

Despite the loss of nearly every lineman on both sides of the ball to graduation last year, the defense has more than held its own allowing just 14.7 points per game.

This 2016 edition of the Braves will also be looking to erase the memory of one of the most disheartening losses in the series just last year.

The Braves led 17-0 and were driving deep in the red zone with under three minutes to play in the first half before a turnover and subsequent TD drive by the Cavs closed the gap to 17-7 a the half. The Cavs would go on to win 20-17 and the Braves would like to put that painful memory behind them this week.

Fans are encouraged to arrive early at Callaway Stadium on the campus of Lagrange College for the early 7:00 PM kickoff.

Heard Co. Braves @ Callaway

Pulpwood-TrophyWHEN: Thursday, Oct. 13 @ 7:00 PM

WHERE: Callaway Stadium

ADDRESS:801 Dallis St, LaGrange, GA 30240

DIRECTIONS:http://mapq.st/2dKr6bJ

RADIO COVERAGE: Live broadcast on B-92.1 with Casey Bass and Clay Harden (Sponsored by Muse Landscaping)

RECORDS: Braves (5-1, 1-0 in Region 5-AA), Cavs (6-0, 1-0 in Region 5-AA)

HEAD COACHES: Braves – Tim Barron (115-52 in his 15th season with Heard County), Cavs — Pete Wiggins (97-39 in his 12th season with Callaway)

RANKINGS: Braves (Composite Ranking No. 8 in Class AA), Cavs (Composite Ranking No. 3 in Class AA)

SERIES: Cavs lead the all-time series 11-7

LAST WEEK: Braves had a bye, Cavs defeated Lamar Co. 38-7

NEXT WEEK: The Braves host Jordan, Callaway travels to Temple

COLORS: Braves (Maroon and Gray), Cavs (Crimson, Black and White)

SCHOOL WEBSITES:Callaway High School, Heard County High School

TICKETS: $8 at the gate

WEATHER: Clear skies and a temperature of 78 degrees at kickoff, dropping to mid 60’s during the game

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