September 24, 2018

Wiggins breaks record in tough region loss to Lamar County

(Franklin, GA) — The Braves hopes of hosting a first round state playoff game were put into serious jeopardy Friday night following a difficult 14-11 loss to the Lamar County Trojans.

The loss breaks the longest region home winning streak in school history at 21 games. The Braves last Region 5-AA loss at home came to Callaway on October 30, 2009.

An untimely injury to sophomore back-up quarterback Alijah Huzzie during pre-game warm-ups put the Braves offense in a difficult position on senior night.

Starter Emory Jones played in the game, but was unable to throw due to his own shoulder injury suffered at Callaway two weeks ago.

Several other skill players for the Braves were also playing with injuries including senior DayVin Troy and junior receiver Jaden Moreland.

Starting defensive lineman Kezmann Kelley also left the game with a leg injury and did not return.

Senior third string QB Trey Alford was put into the difficult position as the emergency starter at QB. The lone bright spot on the night for the Braves came in the form of a school record 46-yard field goal by senior Trey Wiggins in the first quarter.

The record-breaking kick was a well-deserved senior night moment for the best kicker in Heard County history with a host of his family and extended family members in attendance.

The senior trio of kicker Trey Wiggins (R), holder Trey Alford (L), and snapper  Michael Cadwell (C) combined for Wiggins' school record 46-yard FG in Friday night's 14-11 loss to Lamar County (Photo: Rodney East)

The senior trio of kicker Trey Wiggins (R), holder Trey Alford (L), and snapper Michael Cadwell (C) combined for Wiggins’ school record 46-yard FG in Friday night’s 14-11 loss to Lamar County (Photo: Rodney East)

Despite a rough night statistically including three interceptions, Alford did find Moreland for a TD to close the gap to 14-11 with under a minute to play in the game. The subsequent onside kick attempt from Wiggins went out of bounds ending the Braves’ hopes of a miracle comeback.

The Brave defense led by seniors Peyton Ehlers and Jonta Gray played well limiting the Trojans to 238 total yards and forcing several punts.

“Our biggest thing right now is to get healthy, but we do have to go back and look at the film and see,” said Coach Tim Barron after the game.

“I am disappointed in some things that I saw tonight there is just no way around it — we can’t be individuals and we have a little of that going on and we have to find out Monday who wants to be a part of this family and win together and lose together — without pointing fingers — everybody has to do their part no matter how big or small that role is.”

Barron knows the tough challenge his squad will face next week on the road especially in light of all the injuries.

“I just think we have to grow and come together and find a way we are going to play a much better football team next week than we played tonight,” said Barron. “Whether we are healthy or not that game is gonna be played Saturday and we have to be ready.”

Several key Braves including Jones, Troy, Moreland, Kelley, Huzzie are doubtful or questionable with injuries heading into next week’s regular season finale.

The Braves still have hope of earning the No. 2 seed in the region next week but will need some help as they no longer control their own destiny.

The Braves would need a win at Spencer on Saturday and a Temple win over Lamar on Friday to earn the No. 2 seed and a home playoff game. Saturday’s game with Spencer will kickoff at 2:00 PM at Memorial Stadium.

The Braves have secured at least a spot in the playoffs regardless of the outcomes next week.

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