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THS stays unbeaten, Battles records win No. 150

By Gary Buchanan

Tallassee opened region play with a statement win against Handley Friday night.  The 22-12 victory put the Tigers at 3-0 on the year, 1-0 in region play.  The win was the 150th win of Coach Mike Battles’ career.

The passing game was a continued bright spot for the Tigers. Junior quarterback Casey Baynes completed eight of his 13 passes for 90 yards.  He connected with Jake Burton for an 11-yard touchdown on Tallassee’s opening drive. Later, in the second quarter, Baynes hit Markevious Matthews for a 13-yard touchdown strike.  Trent Cochran-Gill closed out the scoring with a four-yard touchdown run.

Jake Burton spotting on the Nic Talley extra point attempt

The Tiger defense stymied Handley’s offense for most of the night, giving up only seven completions on 22 pass attempts. A big moment for the defense was a goal line stand following a Tallassee turnover. One of the leaders on defense was safety, Jamarcus Miller.  His defensive effort earned him the Bright House Networks Player of the Game honors.

“Look at all the plays our kids made tonight,” said head coach Battles.  “I can’t say enough about our seniors and the way our kids play. There is no quit in them. They play together as a team. We couldn’t beat a team like Handley if they didn’t do that.”

Tallassee goes on the road to Childersburg this Friday night for another region matchup.  Kickoff is set for 7:00. 1300 WTLS/106.5 FM will broadcast live beginning at 6:00. Audio will be simulcast on Bright House Networks cable television channel 97. A video webcast will be available on Tallassee Times TV:  The broadcast is also available through the Tune-In App and followed by the "Scoreboard Show" until 11:00 p.m. 


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