August 1, 2021

Braves down Cherokees 33-8


The Braves headed to Columbus Friday night for region match-up with the Kendrick at Memorial Stadium.

It was homecoming night for the Cherokees and for the most part the crowning of the queen was the highlight of the night as the Braves rolled to an easy victory despite a shaky turn of events just before the half.

The Braves had a 14-0 lead behind to Duranta Dunson touchdowns and were aiming for more points as they drove inside the ten yard line looking for more. With less than 20 seconds to go in the half, Kendrick picked off an errant throw by Quarterback Jonathan Hunt and raced 94 yards for a touchdown.

After a successful two-point conversion, what was about to be a three score lead for the Braves turned into just a 14-6 halftime lead.

On the very last play of the half,  Hunt completed a long pass to Brandon Smith but he was tackled just short of the goal line to end what turned out to be an exciting half of football.

The second half was all Braves as they turned up the defensive intensity and made some big plays on offense to quickly put the game out of reach.

The Freshman Dunson tacked on a another touchdown to give him three on the evening and he again rushed for over 100 yards (137). Duranta has looked impressive over the last several weeks on both sides of the ball.

Hunt completed 6/11 passes for 193 yds and a touchdown and he also scored a touchdown on the ground.

Perhaps the biggest game of the night was had by Brandon Smith. He was the recipient of three catches for a total of 137 yards including a touchdown and he also snagged a first half interception on defense.

Other big offensive contributions came from Tae Freeland, Tyler Wynn, and Elijah Toney. The Braves out gained the Cherokees 465 to 188 in total yardage as they won 33-8.

Oddly, in the last three Braves wins they have scored exactly 33 points. The Braves will face a big challenge this week as they head to Lagrange Friday night to take on arch rivals the Callaway Cavaliers at Callaway Stadium.

The Cavaliers were dropped 28-14 by Carver last Thursday night to make this week’s battle likely for a home playoff game and a number two seed in the region. As always the atmosphere should be electric in Lagrange for this bitter rivalry.

The Braves have won five of the last seven in the series despite being decided underdogs on at least two occasions including last year when the Braves won 23-19 at Staples Stadium in a game that was not as close as the score would indicate. (Photos Courtesy of Rodney East)

Brandon Smith Interception vs. Kendrick from on Vimeo.


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