Battle steals show, HBHS rollsPublished 11:49am Friday, August 31, 2012
All it took was one play and the Horseshoe Bend High School Generals got off on the right foot for the 2012 season, beating Wadley 59-21 last night.
Senior athlete Cory Battle took the opening kickoff 87 yards to the house and HBHS (1-0) never looked back.
Battle went on to turn in a record performance, finishing with 374 total yards and five touchdowns.
With an early lead, HBHS then responded to the first Wadley first down as Jay Glenn picked off the next play and took it to the Bulldog five-yard line.
Battle then scampered around the right side of the Wadley defense for his second touchdown of the game with five minutes left in the first quarter.
On the next series, Corey Glenn had one of his three interceptions on the night, and Battle took one of the ensuing plays 25-yards onto Wadley territory.
HBHS quarterback Chase Cheaney then threw for his first touchdown of the game when he connected with Damien Milliner for a 44-yard touchdown pass, taking the score to 20-0.
Then in one of the best runs of his high school year to date, Battle took a handoff out of the backfield, dodged to the right, then back to the left, eluded a tackler that held onto the back of his jersey and finally cut back to the wide open right side of the field and hit the flats with his burners on.
After the shake and bake in the backfield, Battle was wide open for a 55-yard run that the Wadley defense didn’t stand a chance of catching.
With the run, HBHS took a 26-0 lead into the second quarter.
Both teams had three-and-out series to start the second quarter, before Corey Glenn picked off another Wadley pass and Cheaney connected with Alec Cheatham for a four-yard touchdown pass with eight minutes remaining in the half, HBHS leading 32-0.
Tyler Meadows added a three-yard touchdown run and Battle scored his fourth touchdown of the night with a 65-yard run with three minutes remaining in the half.
HBHS took a 45-8 lead into the break.
The Generals were led in tackles by senior Luke Holt with eight, as Cheaney finished 7-of-17 passing for 135 yards and two touchdowns.
Both teams played majority of their subs in the second half, as the Generals rolled and look to region and county rival Reeltown next week.
“We have the mindset to get a little bit better everyday,” said HBHS head coach Jason Franklin.
“The kids believe in it and they are beginning to believe in each other.
“There are always things to improve on and we’ll get better as the season goes on, but overall I liked the way we played offensively and defensively.
HBHS will host Reeltown next week in New Site.