Written by: Dj Coffman
On Friday the night the Haralson County Rebels (8-1) (3-0) hosted the Bremen Blue Devils (5-4) (1-2) in a cross-town rivalry game and the last test before the playoffs begin. Haralson County is coming off a week of rest that allowed some key people to get healthy and back to 100%. Haralson County also received the news of being crowned region 5-AA champions for the first time in school history. The Bremen Blue Devils are coming off a game where they lost to Heard County in a region bout.
Bremen would receive the opening kickoff and start 1st and 10 at their own 34. Both teams would both go 3 and out and punt on 4th down. On Bremen’s 2nd drive the Blue Devils would put the first points on the board kicking a 24-yard field goal. The Blue Devils would go up 3-0 with 1:45 left in the 1st quarter.
The Rebels would start the 2nd quarter 4th and 1 and convert. On the next play the Rebels would fumble the ball and give the ball back to Bremen at their 35. With 6:45 left in the 2nd quarter the Blue Devils would capitalize on the turnover and Blake Matthews would run it in for a touchdown. The score would now be 10-0.
Haralson County would answer back with their first touchdown coming from a rushing touchdown from Clay Hyatt. The Rebels would now be within 3 down 10-7.
At the half the score would be 10-7 Bremen. Haralson County would receive the 2nd half kickoff and muff the ball resulting in Bremen recovering the ball. Bremen would attempt a field goal but missed giving the Rebels the ball 1st and 10 at their own 26.
It took Clay Hyatt 3 plays to break a long 71-yard touchdown run to take the Rebels 1st lead of the game. The Rebels now lead 14-10 over Bremen. The Rebels would force a punt and on the 1st play Wesley Cole would take it 50-yards with a huge lead block from Kaden Mullins to the house. The Rebels now had a 21-10 lead.
With 3:09 left in the 3rd quarter Blake Matthews would take it in from 4-yards out for the rushing touchdown. Bremen would attempt to go for 2 but not succeed leaving the score 21-16.
It took a minute for the Rebels to answer with Clay Hyatt taking it 68-yards up the middle for the score. The Rebels would now have their biggest lead of the game leading 28-16.
Bremen would go for it on 4th down late in the 4th quarter and be held. The Rebels would start to run the clock down and then Clay Hyatt would take it in from 4-yards out and his 4th rushing touchdown. The Rebels would now take a demanding 35-16 lead.
The Rebels would handle business 35-16 and look forward to the playoffs. The Rebels improved to (9-1) and perfect in region play. The Rebels will host Chattooga (5-4} in the first round of the GHSA state playoffs. Bremen would fall to .500 (5-5) and will travel to Fannin County (9-1) in the first round of the playoffs.
Huge shout out the Head Coach Scott Peavy on his region title and being the #1 seed in the playoffs. Also, congratulations to the Rebels G3.