December 14, 2017

Braves Dropped by Tigers

The Braves coaching staff knew they would face a tough challenge Friday night when the Carver Tigers (State #3 Class AA) came calling and their worries came to fruition with a tough 40-6 loss.

The very young Braves team had a few shining moments but for the most part The Tigers controlled the game from start to finish.

Early in the first quarter neither team could get much going on offense, but with 3:08 to play, the Tigers scored on a quarterback keeper and after a missed conversion attempt led 6-0.

Early in the second quarter, Senior stand-out Marquez Holloway scored the first of his three touchdowns to extend the lead to 12-0.

In the middle of the quarter both teams had difficulty holding on to the football. They exchanged turnovers quickly at one point and then Carver recovered yet another Braves fumble and quickly turned it into a score.

As the teams went to the locker room, the Tigers were in control 19-0. Shortly after halftime the dynamic Holloway scampered into the endzone once again and the rout was on.

The Braves were finally able to get on the scoreboard in the fourth quarter when freshman Duranta Dunson ran it in from 10 yards away but unfortunately for Coach Barron’s squad, at that point, the outcome had already been decided. Dunson was a bright spot once again this week with 101 yards rushing and 14 tackles on defense.

The Tigers left Staples Stadium with a 40-6 win and a strong possibility at becoming two-time Region 5-AA Champs unless Callaway is able to upset them in two weeks.

A three-peat will not be possible, however, as the Tigers will rejoin Class AAA next year when they open a newly constructed high school and attendance numbers go back to normal.

The Braves will travel to Temple next week in a game that could prove to be very important to the region playoff picture especially after the Tigers 21-15 defeat of Manchester this week.

The Braves will actually  be away for the next four Fridays in a row thanks to the odd schedule which had them at home all September and now on the road for the entire month of October.

After facing Temple this Friday, they will travel to Kendrick, Callaway, and Spencer before returning home for the season finale with Manchester. All remaining games are region match-ups.

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