Braves readying for another top 10 foe

Baldwin County practices kickoffs before their upcoming game at Burke County.

After falling last week against Thomson, the Baldwin Braves are preparing to take on another top 10 foe Friday night.

“Last week, I feel like we played really hard, and I feel like we missed a few certain plays that we should’ve capitalized on,” said running back Kevin Hill, “and if we would have capitalized on those we would’ve won the game.”

Braves head coach Jesse Hicks agreed with his Hill, as he said he felt like last week’s game came down to three or four plays that did not go in Baldwin County’s favor.

“What we’re working on now is making sure when those plays do come, we’re successful,” said Hicks. “At the end of the day, every play takes on a life of itself, and what has to happen is that we can’t get complacent and take plays off and take things for granted.”

This week, Baldwin County will be tasked with subduing a Burke County team that features a very solid defense and is ranked in the top 10 in the state.

“Defensively, they run a 3–3 stack, and that’s something we’ve already seen about six times already this year. They don’t blitz a lot, but they do play good consistent run defense,” said Hicks. “One of the things I think we’re going to have to do is throw the ball a little bit on them because they do play such good run defense.”

Offensively, Hicks said Burke uses a spread option attack with a good run game and two dynamic quarterbacks.

“They actually play two quarterbacks consistently, and you don’t see that too much at the high school level,” said Hicks. “One is a little bit better runner, and the other is a little bit better passer. For us it’s going to be being able to see it, understand the formation and be able to play it.”

But after having success stopping Thomson’s rushing attack last Friday, the Braves are confident in their defense’s ability to get stops, and defensive back Donte Justice is confident that his team will be able to get a win if they execute according to the game plan that has been installed during the week.

The Braves see this upcoming test as an opportunity, and they feel like they have a good shot to win if they follow the game plan.

“I think if we stick to coach’s game plan, everything should go well,” said Justice. “Defense wins games all the time, and I’m pretty sure the offense is going to do their jobs.”

Hicks also said a win this week would be big for the Braves would keep them in the hunt for a region title and the right to host a state playoff game.

“This is an opportunity for us to get back in the region talk again,” said Hicks. “If we can take care of business this week, and then when Thomson and Burke play each other if Burke comes out on top, you’re talking about a three-way tie for first place. And we’d like to host and bring the playoffs back to Milledgeville.”

The Braves game against Burke County is scheduled to kick off at 7:30 p.m. in Burke County.

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