December 4, 2021

Final Four Preview: Braves vs. Fitzgerald Purple Hurricane

Heard Co. Braves vs. Fitzgerald Purple Hurricane

WHEN: Friday, November 30 @ 7:30 PM

WHERE: Staples Stadium @ Heard High School

ADDRESS: 545 Main Street, Franklin, GA 30217

RADIO: The game will be broadcast live on Carrollton’s B92.1 Country. The Tailgate Show will broadcast live from the north end zone beginning at 5:00 PM.

RECORDS: Braves (11-2), Canes (10-3)

SEEDINGS: Braves (No. 1 in Region 5-AA), Canes (No. 2 in Region 1-AA)

AT STAKE: The winner will advance to the GHSA Class AA State Championship game at Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta and will face the winner between Rockmart (No. 1 seed Region 7-AA) and Callaway (No. 2 seed Region 5-AA). If the Atlanta United soccer teams advances the MLS Final the game will be played on Wednesday, December 12 at 1:00 PM. If the United do not advance the game will be played on Saturday, December 8 at 1:00 PM. The game is very likely to be played on December 12.

HEAD COACHES: Braves – Tim Barron (140-59 in his 17th season with the Braves), Canes — Tucker Pruitt (14-10 in his 2nd season with the Canes)

RANKINGS: Braves (AJC No. 3 in Class AA), Canes (Unranked in Class AA)

SERIES: The Canes lead the series 3-0

LAST MEETING: The Canes defeated the Braves 24-7 in round two in 2015

HOW THEY GOT HERE: The Braves defeated Monticello 63-22 in round one, Douglass 27-6 in round two, and Dublin 18-3 in the quarterfinals. The Canes defeated Harlem 51-14 in round one, Swainsboro 27-12 in round two, and Rabun County 28-17 in the quarterfinals.

COLORS: Braves (Maroon and Gray), Canes (Purple and Gold)

SCHOOL WEBSITES: Fitzgerald High SchoolHeard County High School

ADMISSION: $15 at the gate as mandated by the GHSA. A limited number of $13 tickets are available for HCHS students only. Presale tickets will be available at the HCHS main office until 2:30 PM Thursday and Friday. (Note: Only babies in arms don’t need a ticket/GHSA passes only)

WEATHER: Partly cloudy skies with temperatures in the mid to upper 50’s at kickoff

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