September 21, 2017

Braves Fall Hard to Blessed Trinity 44-19

The Braves knew headed into Friday night’s state playoff game with Blessed Trinity high school in Roswell that they would face a major challenge from the Region 6-AA runner-up Titans.

The Titans boasted several college prospects including stand-out quarterback Spencer McManus.

Seemingly, the young Braves with only a few upperclassmen would need to play an almost perfect game and catch a few breaks in order to have a chance.

Unfortunately, for the Braves and head coach Tim Barron this would not be one of those magical kind of nights as they were dominated by the Titans from the opening kickoff.

The Braves won the toss and deferred to the second half so the Titans took possession first. They wasted no time as they quickly drove down the field behind a long run from Jordan Denson to set up a quarterback sneak form McManus to put the Braves in a sudden 6-0 hole with 10:14 to play in the first.

After the Braves went three and out Trinity again drove at will down the field to go on top 12-0. They were unsuccessful on an extra point after the first score and again failed on a two-point attempt after the second touchdown.

After the Titans defense produced another three and out followed by a poor Braves punt, McManus again produced points finding a receiver in the endzone and extending the lead to 19-0 with a minute still to play in the first.

The Braves finally answered the Titans with a nice drive in the second quarter when Senior Tyler Wynn found the endzone to close the gap to 19-6 after a missed PAT, but the Titans offense could still not be slowed as they took a 30-6 lead into the locker room.

In the third quarter, Trinity continued to pound the Braves who could find no answers defensively, and at the end of three quarters the Titans were rolling 44-6.

Quarterback Jonathan Hunt found Senior Brandon Smith midway through the fourth for a touchdown and then nearing the end of regulation he found Damian Pearson for a score but it was too little too late as Blessed Trinity knocked off the Braves 44-19.

The Braves finish the season at 6-5 and despite being so young did make some marks this season and leave a lot to build on for next year.

Seniors Brandon Smith, Blake Hardy, and Tyler Wynn will be sorely missed but the large contingent of freshmen and sophomores will mature and should provide a lot of excitement for the next couple of seasons.

Coach Rich Fendley will have another off season to get all the young kids in the weight room where they can improve on their size, strength, and speed.

The new region and classification alignments are due out this week which should answer many questions about the next couple of years in Region 5-AA.

Blessed Trinity moves on to face Lamar Co. this week at Barnesville.

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