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Horsemen stay undefeated in semi-pro football

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Henry Horsemen wide receiver Andrew Powell attempts to catch a pass in the team's victory last Saturday.

Special photo Henry Horsemen wide receiver Andrew Powell attempts to catch a pass in the team's victory last Saturday.

By Doug Gorman

dgorman@news-daily.com

The Henry Horsemen improved their record to 2-0 this past weekend with a 31-12 victory against the Georgia Crush.

Relying on big plays from the offense, defense and special teams, the Horseman took the lead early and never looked back, getting point production from those three areas.

"It was a good win for us, but I still don't think we played 60-minutes of football," said Coach Tyrone Barnes. "We sort of let them back in the game in the second half."

It was the Horsemen's home opener at Strong Rock Christian School in Locust Grove.

Horseman quarterback Theo Maxie finished the night 11 of 23 for 128 yards and two touchdowns. He also threw two interceptions.

The Horsemen, a semi-pro football team who play in the Gridiron Developmental Football League, took control of the game early, scoring two first-quarter touchdowns to build a 14-0 lead.

They added a field goal in the second quarter when Derrick Arrington booted a 35 yards field goal in the second quarter.

Tonio Bearden and Andre Powell hauled in the touchdown passes from Maxie en route to the win.

Brandon Shelby finished the game with 60 yards rushing.

The Horsemen also benefited from two touchdowns from the defensive side. De'Mon Glanton returned a 60-yard interception for a score. Reggie Pollard also had a touchdown on defense.

Alvin Cox and Tabaris Johnson led the way with six tackles each.

The Horsemen face their biggest challenge of the year Saturday night when they host the Peach State Rattlers from Warner Robins.

Both teams are undefeated.

The Rattlers rallied last week to beat the Atlanta Aggression 50-26 to keep their two-game record perfect.

"It will be two very good football teams going at it," Barnes said. "We are going to have to play really hard if we want to win."

Kickoff is Saturday at 7 p.m. at Strong Rock Christian. Admission is $10.