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Yellow Jackets prepare for physical BHP front

By Brady Cox | T.L. Hanna Contributor

While all 109 players on the T.L. Hanna Yellow Jacket football roster enjoyed a 47-6 victory over Inlet Grove last Friday night, it was hard to ignore the team that was next on the schedule: the Belton-Honea Path Bears.

The Yellow Jackets will make the 20-minute haul up Belton Highway for yet another historic Anderson County matchup, and according to Coach Jason Tone, the team has not lacked energy this week in practice. “The team’s energy has been good,” Tone said. “It was extremely hot this week, but they did a good job of pushing and hustling.”

The Bears come into this game 1-1, and represent the best team that T.L. Hanna has faced thus far. “They have a huge offensive line that loves to run block and be physical,” Tone said. 

Although T.L. Hanna and BHP run completely different offenses, with Hanna running a Wing-T and BHP running a pro-style spread, both teams are built off of similar philosophies. Tone noted that both teams love to establish their rushing attack, and BHP prides themselves in their physicality. “We have to match their physicality with our defensive play,” Tone said.

Perhaps the most intriguing matchup of the night will be the Yellow Jacket defense versus the BHP offense. BHP’s star player, Bralyn Oliver, who is committed to the University of Georgia, plays wide receiver on offense and safety on defense. It will be interesting to see how the Yellow Jacket’s cornerbacks, who have yet to be truly tested so far this season, will fare with the rangy Oliver. 

Another note worth mentioning is that the Yellow Jackets will be facing one of their own former quarterbacks, Logan Milford. Milford transferred to BHP over the summer.

The Yellow Jackets defeated the Bears last season by a score of 44-7. The game is slated for 7:30 p.m. at Belton-Honea Path High School.

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