November 19, 2017

Defense Leads Braves to Victory over Eagles

The defenses for both teams played very well early which was reflected on the scoreboard by a scoreless first half but the game still featured lots of excitement.

In the first quarter, Blake Hardy recovered an Eagle fumble and Dillian Bradley had a big sack that really shifted field position and momentum.

Bradley, who has been playing well this season on the junior varsity team, filled in nicely for Iron Brave Qua Reid who was unable to play because of injury.

Defensive coordinator D.J. Curbow said after the game that Bradley’s intensity was a huge key in the success of the entire defense.

The Braves were the first team to find the endzone with 5:37 to play in the third quarter when running back Tyler Wynn carried it in from three yards out.

After Bill Singleton added the extra point the lead was 7-0 for the home team.

The Braves went up by two scores early in the fourth quarter when Wynn again scored on a 4th and goal from the one-yard line putting the Braves on top 14-0.

Wynn was the story of the night on offense for the Braves with 28 carries for 144 yards on the ground and several big hits defensively.

Freshman Duranta Dunson also contributed  a lot by gaining 58 yards on 19 carries.

Lineman Corey Freeman also had a big night with six tackles (two for losses) and a strong night blocking on offense.

It seemed the braves might have the game in hand at that point until Coosa quickly drove down the field and scored on a touchdown pass to their big tight end Jackson White to pull within seven points 14-7.

The Braves took possession with 6:54 to play and drove down into Coosa territory eating as much clock as possible before eventually turning the ball over on downs to the Eagles with under three minutes to play in regulation.

It looked as if Coosa might have shifted the tide at that point until Brave sophomore Tori Rogers intercepted a pass to seal the first win of the season for Coach Barron’s squad.

The Braves out gained the Eagles in total offense on the night 296 yards to 180 yards.

After the game, Coach Barron said his kids deserved a win after working hard all week in practice and that he was very happy with the way his defense lined up and went toe to toe with such a good smash-mouth football team like the Eagles.

The Braves are again at home next week for homecoming when they host the Jordan Red Jackets in the first Region 5-AA game of the season.

Junior Brandon Wiggins and the Braves defense held the Eagles in check for most of the night in the 14-7 win

Comments

  1. Brooke Wynn says:

    Great Job Braves!

  2. Nicole Freeman says:

    Great game!! Way to go BRAVES!!!! So proud of you all!!!

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