October 22, 2020

Braves capture Barron’s 6th Region Title

(Barnesville, GA) — The Heard County Braves traveled to Barnesville Friday night for a Region clash with the Lamar County Trojans where a win could and did secure a region championship for the team.

The Braves walked away with an impressive 48-21 win and that coupled with a Callaway 38-7 win over Spencer secured the Region 5-AA Title and an important No. 1 seed in the GHSA Class AA State Playoffs that start in two weeks.

The Braves (8-1, 4-0) will host the South Atlanta Hornets (5-5, 3-3) in round one at Staples Stadium on November 10. The game will be a rematch from the season home opener won 42-15 by the Braves on August 18 in Franklin.

The Hornets are a much-improved squad — going 5-2 over the last seven weeks of the season after an 0-3 start. They knocked off Region 6-AA No. 2 seed B.E.S.T. Academy 35-34 in overtime Friday night to close out their regular season.

The Braves have one remaining region regular season game versus Spencer this Friday night at home. The team, band, sports medicine program, and cheerleaders will celebrate the Class of 2018 during the Senior Night finale.

The Region Crown marks the sixth for head coach Tim Barron during his 16 year tenure with the Braves. The win is also Barron’s 125th with the Braves and 135th for his career.

The 2017 Region 5-AA Champion Heard County Braves

The Braves had little trouble with the Trojans jumping out to an early 7-0 lead when Aaron Beasley picked up an errant lateral and scored on the first series for the Brave defense.

The Braves led 20-7 after the first quarter and 41-7 at the half before a host of younger Braves would see action in the second half.

Tackling leaders on the night for the defense included Andrew Leak and Micaiah Austin with eight each along with Kesean Johnson (6) and Tray Owens (5). Leak also had a fumble recovery. The starting Brave defense allowed just 100 yards on the evening.

Emory Jones accounted for over 200 yards for the Braves including three rushes for 37 yards and a TD on the ground. Jones and the passing offense were also on point as the senior completed five passes for a total of 193 yards and two TD’s.

His favorite target for the night was fellow senior Jaden Moreland who caught three passes for a whopping 175 yards and a TD. Moreland also had two rushes for 49 yards giving him well over 200 total yards for the night.

Popular senior wide receiver Brandon Skipper had a big moment with an 11 yard touchdown reception from Jones in the first quarter.

A host of Braves saw action in the backfield. Beasley led the way with 67 yards and two scores on just seven carries. Leak also had four nice runs for a total of 57 yards. Rounding out the rushing leaders were Alijah Huzzie with 36 yards and Tae Gray with 28.

The vaunted Brave offense amassed 482 total yards in the game thanks mostly to the vastly improved offensive line. Several of the Braves had monster efforts up front in Friday’s win including Michael Cheney, Brenden Thompson, David Urquilla, Jaidan Cameron, and freshman Anthony Graley.

The Braves have been fortunate in the injury department this season and hope that remains the same after this week’s meaningless regular season finale versus the Greenwave of Spencer.

Callaway’s win secured the No. 2 seed at state for them. Spencer would secure the No. 3 seed with a win this Friday over the Braves. Temple could secure the No. 3 seed with a win combined with a Greenwave loss in Franklin.

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