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MACON, Ga. — Two weeks have yielded two wins for the Braves of Baldwin High School this season.

Baldwin, who is playing a region-only schedule in 2020, took to the road Friday and handed the Rutland High School Hurricanes (0-2 region, 1-4 overall) a 54-12 loss. 

“I’m really proud of how the whole team played,” Baldwin head coach Jesse Hicks said. “The offense did a good job of spreading the ball around again. I think we’ve got one of the most explosive, most balanced offenses in this area, and probably in the state.”

Freshman running back Micah Welch got the scoring started for Baldwin Friday. He put the team up after quarterback Derrick Lewis hit wideout Shatavious Hogan for a big gain. Rutland came back to match with their top running threat Jessie Phelps Jr., but the Braves went up 14-6 late in the first quarter on a Hogan receiving TD and never looked back.

The offense wasn’t the only unit Hicks praised after the lopsided region win. 

“The special teams were wonderful tonight,” he said. “That’s what I was really proud of because of field position.”

Although Baldwin only surrendered 12 points to Rutland, Hicks needs to see more out of his young defense moving forward.

“Defensively, we’ve got to do a better job of playing the run, especially inside,” he said. “We’ve got a bunch of freshmen that are starting for us, but that’s not an excuse. We’ve got to get it done.”

The defense’s main job Friday was to stop Phelps from making it a close ballgame. The physical runner went into this week leading all of Georgia in rushing yards this season at over 1,000 already. 

“He ran the ball real well tonight, especially in the first half, but we stopped him in the second half,” the BHS head coach said. “He probably went over 100 yards, but I know he touched the ball at least 25 times.”

Next up for the Braves in their region-only slate are the West Laurens Raiders who were 3-2 overall and 2-0 in the region after reportedly beating Howard High School Friday night. 

“They’re coming to our house,” Hicks said of West Laurens. “They’ve been a real good football team the last couple years, but they’re having some trouble because they’re young. But it’s region time, so you can expect anything and everything. We’ve got to be sure to be on our A-game and be able to stop the run.” 

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