December 2, 2020

Braves lose Dunson to injury in first win

(Franklin) — The Heard High Braves were able to overcome injuries to three crucial seniors Friday night and shutout the visiting South Atlanta Hornets 14-0 in the opening game at Staples Stadium.

Standout seniors Levi Brown and Elijah Toney were able to play through their injuries at less than 100 percent but the big blow came early in the game when all-state running back Duranta Dunson suffered a fractured collarbone. Dunson is expected to be re-evaluated in six weeks.

“Obviously we are praying that #5 gets back healthy soon, but I’m awful proud tonight because we had a lot of underclassmen that had to step up and make plays tonight,” said coach Tim Barron after the game.

Dunson has been the leading tackler for the Braves for the last several years in addition to his well-known proficiency and abilities at running back.

Barron spoke last night about the roles of his younger players. “We are going to have do our best to put who we think is best on the field — if they are freshman they are freshman — if they are seniors they are seniors. There are so many kids out here that have a role to play… it may be minimal and it may be maximal and it may change from week to week — you never know when your number is going to get called and you are going to have to step in and play.”

After a scoreless first half where neither offense could find the end zone, the Braves jumped out to a 7-0 lead after a 16-yard touchdown run by freshman Carlton White with 8:51 to play in the third quarter.

The Braves added another TD later on a short 1-yard burst by senior Pearce Kirk after several bruising runs on the drive by junior Austin Barron. Barron had a solid game on both sides of the ball including a big interception which stopped a potential Hornet second half scoring drive.

The defense played well most of the night with Levi Brown and Ethan Brant setting the pace with a quarterback sack on the first drive of the game by the visitors. Diamond Delgado also continued to play well with a big fumble recovery to end that first drive by the Hornets.

Another freshman who stepped up big time on defense was Jaden Moreland as he broke up several long pass plays by the Hornets in the second half.

Barron was proud of his son Austin and the way he played. “As a father to see Austin go out there and play as well as he did makes me proud as a coach and proud as a daddy, ” said Barron.

The Braves move to 1-2 on the season and hope to be healthier when they travel to Cedartown this week to take on the AAA Bulldogs. The Bulldogs lost to Bowdon 55-20 Friday night in Bowdon.

The Braves return home in two weeks to host a former region foe in the Macon County Bulldogs on September 26.







  1. Duranta, I hope to see you back on the field soon. Braves keep up the good work.

  2. I second that. I’ve known Duranta and his lovely family for years….many good memories at our house. BBQ’s, swimming, cookouts, parties. You had football in your hand before you were walking. Give that collar bone time to heal and you’ll be “Balling” real soon! By the way, Coach Curbow keeps me informed. Proud of you!

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