The highly touted Braves offense, which has averaged 47 points per game during the 2012 season, took a backseat Friday night in Bowdon where it was the Braves defense that stole the show in a 28-13 rout over the rival Red Devils.
The win secured just the second undefeated regular season in school history and the first Region 5-AA Championship since 2006.
The Braves (10-0,8-0) will now host the Rabun County Wildcats (6-4,4-3) who defeated Oglethorpe County 49-27 to earn the Region 8-AA fourth seed.
The Red Devils jumped out to a quick lead in the first quarter at Warren P. Sewell Field when a Duranta Dunson fumble was returned for a touchdown with just three minutes gone by.
The Braves defense would not allow another Red Devil point until a meaningless score on the game’s final play. The Red Devils were unable to capitalize on two other Braves turnovers in the first half including a fumble on the games opening kickoff.
Junior Center Jace Mock celebrates the 10-0 season with his parents after Friday night’s huge win at Bowdon
The chippy rivalry game featured a lot of penalties on both sides of the ball and an ejection of a Red Devil player in the second half.
One of the biggest plays of the game came on a 1st and 44 when Jonathon Hunt connected with Senior Damon Pearson on a 50-yard TD pass to put the Braves up 14-7 late in the first half.
Another big play was an interception by Senior Dillian Bradley which set up a short Duranta Dunson touchdown.
Dunson finished the night with 137 yards on 18 carries. Tori Rogers rushed for 30 yards and two touchdowns on nine attempts.
The Braves defensive dominated all night up front led by Cody Stephens and Jake Edwards. (Photo by Rodney East)