(Franklin) – The Braves came into the second annual Pulpwood Classic sporting a streak of 102 consecutive games without being shut out but when all was said and done that streak was no more as the Callaway Cavaliers drubbed the Braves 34-0 to claim ownership for the next year of the Pulpwood trophy.
Quarterback Tez Parks rushed for three touchdowns to lead the way for the talented Cavs and the Braves normally potent offense was unable to make it to the red zone the entire night.
The Braves were fortunate to overcome three turnovers and a blocked punt in the first half to trail by only 15 at the break, but they were unable to get any momentum going in the second half as the Callaway team continued to roll.
Junior running back Duranta Dunson led the way on offense for Coach Barron’s squad gaining 84 yards on 15 carries. Quarterback Jonathon Hunt was 6 of 12 through the air for 76 yards and one interception. Callaway outgained the Braves 308-225 in total yards.
“I still believe that we will be a better football team.We have the capability to be a good defensive football team. Four turnovers in the first half — that is not what Heard County wants to do, that’s not what we strive for,” said Barron after the game. “We have got to get in better shape and find some depth. We knew coming into this game that conditioning would be a big key because we just don’t have many kids that get many breaks.”
The Brave Nation fan base was out in full force for the season opener with the Staples home side filled well beyond capacity. The team debuted new gray uniforms and the atmosphere was electric on the home side early in the game.
Tori Rogers was able to play early in the game on the bad ankle he injured in last week’s scrimmage, but as the game wore on he was unable to keep it strong. Barron suffered a crucial loss as senior speedster Ta Freeland struggled in the very hot and humid weather after getting very few reps over the past three weeks because of a leg injury. The team looks to bounce back strong in two weeks at Chattooga.