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Horsemen strike early, roll past Rattlers to stay unbeaten 48-19

Courtsey of Makkers Photography!
Henry Horsemen quarterback Theo Maxie gets ready to throw a pass against the Peach State Rattlers in last week's 45-19 victory.

Courtsey of Makkers Photography! Henry Horsemen quarterback Theo Maxie gets ready to throw a pass against the Peach State Rattlers in last week's 45-19 victory.

By Doug Gorman

dgorman@news-daily.com

The Henry County Horsemen, the semi-pro team football team from Locust Grove, are off to a fast start this season.

Last weekend, the Horsemen improved their record to 3-0 in the Gridiron Developmental Football League with a victory against the Peach State Rattlers, cruising to a 45-19 victory.

The Horsemen scored their first three TDs in just six offensive plays.

Henry County struck early and often Saturday night in a game played at Strong Rock Christian, scoring 19 points in each of the first two quarters to build a 38-0 lead at the half.

Quarterback Theo Maxie was 7 of 9 passing with four touchdowns en route to the victory as four different Horsemen were on the receiving in of TD passes.

"He did a great job throwing the football," owner and offensive coordinator Tyrone Barnes said. "We didn't ask him to do a lot, because we were able to run the football so well."

Jonathan George, Andre Powell, Brandon Shelby and Dae Spence each caught touchdowns for the Horsemen.

Shelby also ran for two touchdowns. Shelby led the rushing attack with 102 yards on seven carries.

Barnes calls Shelby and Spence the team's two-headed monster.

"It's nice to have that one-two punch this year," Barnes said.

The Horsemen added a third quarter touchdown to round out their scoring. Defensively, Brandon Howard led the way with seven tackles. Jermaine Allen and Devin Chapman stopped Rattler drives with interceptions.

Henry County shutout the Rattlers through three quarters, but allowed 19 points in the final 15 minutes.

After two games on the road, the Henry Horseman hit the road for a game at the Atlanta Agression Saturday at Tri-Cities High School. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

The Aggression are led by former Henry Horsemen running back Marcus Davies. Davies was the team's first running back when the Horsemen first started their team back in 2008.

"I am sure he is going to be really motivated," Barnes said.