Photo by Heather Middleton
By Doug Gorman
It was billed as the Game of the Week in the Gridiron Developmental League.
One thing is for sure, fans who love defensive football got their money's worth last week when the Henry Horsemen and Georgia Jets, two local semi-pro football teams, put their undefeated records on the line at Strong Rock Christian.
When the game ended, the Horsemen were sitting on top with a 14-6 victory.
Henry Horsemen quarterback Charles McCullum threw his second touchdown of the night on the team's last series of the game when he hit Tonio Bearden on a 17-yard score to break the tie and clinch the victory.
"We have to give a shout out to Charles," said General Manager and owner Tyrone Barnes. "He did a great job leading us down the field."
McCullum directed the squad to the winning touchdown with a no-hundle offense.
After a scoreless first quarter, the Horsemen broke on top when McCullum threw a 4-yard touchdown pass to Andre Powell. The extra point failed, and the score stayed at 6-0 the rest of the first half.
The Horsemen could have opened the game up even more early after moving the ball into the red zone on its first four possession. However, those drives resulted in just one touchdown.
The Jets put six points on its half of the scoreboard when Julian Limehouse scored a touchdown from the defensive side, when he returned a fumble 40 yards for a score.
Although Barnes was disappointed in his team's inability to put points on the board early, he says the team just found away to win.
"I think it says a lot about the character of this team," he said. "We had guys step it up out there. They were just determined there was no way we were going to lose the game."
Quarterback Theo Maxie is still starting games for Horseman. Against the Jets, completed five passes for 68 yards. McCullum completed eight pass, two for the touchdowns. He finished with 86 yards.
McCullum is just returning from a stint playing with an arena league team, but the two-quarterback system is working.
"It really gives us an advantage heading to the playoffs," Barnes said.
Brandon Shelby was the leading rusher for the Horsemen. The running back finished the game with 86 yards on 10 carries. Bearden and Powell each had five catches.
Alvin Cox had six tackles.
The Jets were led by quarterback Detronn Harris, who was 6 of 14 for 86 yards. Cordellaro Jones caught three passes.
Tobais Bell had three tackles to pace the Jets' defense.
The Jets entered the game with three straight shutouts.
Both teams get back in action Saturday. The Horseman play a rematch against the Georgia Crush in Macon. The Jets are home against the Atlanta Chiefs.