November 26, 2020

White-out: Braves overwhelm Devils

(Franklin) — The Heard County Middle School football team faced off with their biggest rivals from just up the road Thursday afternoon in a home opener that left the Red Devils of Bowdon in shock at halftime.

It seemed unlikely heading into the game that eighth grader Carlton White would be able to match his unreal Bravy winning 387-yard rushing performance during last season’s semi-final 38-32 win at Bowdon, but he did just that — with the only exception being that in this game his accomplishments came much more efficiently.

Jaden Moreland (#1) throws a big block as Carlton White scores one of his 5 first half TD's Thursday (Photo: Khris Martin)

Jaden Moreland (#1) throws a big block as Carlton White scores one of his 5 first half TD’s Thursday (Photo: Khris Martin)

White scored an astounding five touchdowns and amassed 350 all-purpose yards after only touching the football five times during the first half of what turned out to be a 49-28 rout of the Devils.

The final score was not indicative of the overall game as head Coach Sikes substituted lots of back-up players during the second half after jumping out to a 40-8 lead at the break.

The Devils had no answer for White in the first half as he dominated them in all three phases of the game.

Offensively, White scored on runs of 68 yards, 38 yards, and 68 yards while defensively he turned the tables on a big drive by the Devils when he returned and interception 95 yards to pay dirt. He also started the scoring in the game with an 81 yard kick off return for a score.

Kendaz Goode scored the other two touchdowns on a 62-yard pass from Emory Jones and an 84-yard run from scrimmage.

Emory Jones continued to shine at quarterback, leading the highly efficient offense during the first half an showing the poise of a junior or senior.

Sikes was very pleased with the big win that puts his tram in the driver’s seat for home-field advantage a middle school championship opportunity.

“We came out all week challenging our guys to play hard and we wanted to get off to a fast start so we could probably take advantage of our overall team speed,” said Sikes. “We had a great week of practice and Coach Horn worked out some good things offensively. Coach Westmoreland also had a great defensive plan. Everything went right for us today in that huge first half.”

A big key to the team’s 3-0 start has been the play of the offensive linemen up front. Michael Cheney, Mason Jenkins, Will Posey, Ryan Crews, and Jacob Skipper have opened big holes for the backs all season long and Thursday was no exception. Sikes added, “I can’t say enough how proud I am of our guys up front. They have really stepped up for our team. Cheney has also been big on defense for us.”

The team returns to the road next Thursday when they travel to Villa Rica before returning home for eighth grade recognition day in two weeks versus Temple.The division playoffs begin on October 17.


  1. Good Job guys and hats off to such a great coaching staff at HCMS. Keep doing what you do Braves win!!!!!!!!!!!

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