November 29, 2020

HCPR Football Week 1 Round-Up: 12U Brave Defense Stops Trojans

12U Brave Captains: #32 Ashton Bonner, #30 Wesley Crabtree, #17 Cody "Pinky" Hand, and #21 Andrew Jackson

12U Brave Captains: #32 Ashton Bonner, #30 Wesley Crabtree, #17 Cody “Pinky” Hand, and #21 Andrew Jackson

(Franklin) — The 12U Braves football team started the regular season off right Saturday with an impressive 15-8 win over a strong Carrollton Trojan Gold team at the Heard County Recreation Department.

The Trojans battled back from a 15-0 halftime deficit and were driving for a possible game tying score with under one minute to  go in the game when the Braves defense came up with a fumble recovery deep in their own territory.

Stand-out defensive back Ashton Bonner came up with the huge recovery off a hustling strip by Ethan Lawson (see video below) to seal the win.

“That was a tough little game right there — we dominated the first half but the second half they came out playing,” said head coach Cain Dean. “They had a good team. Our kids showed a lot of heart today to hold and win this one.”

The Braves defense made a statement early in the game when Lawson, only a first-year player, recovered a fumble with the Trojans driving.

Quarterback Eli Dean then marched the offense down the field on a nice drive that culminated in a tough 3-yard TD run by Noah Cantrell. Cantrell also added the conversion to give the Braves the 7-0 lead early in the second quarter.

The other Brave touchdown came on a 55-yard run by Bonner before the half. Dean connected with Lawson for the 2-point conversion and the 15-0 lead.

Leading the charge for the offense were offensive linemen Lance Skinner, Taylor Cheeves, Colton Meacham, Brent Hull, and Wesley Crabtree.

The Braves’ defense played aggressive ball in the second half  including an interception by Bonner and a batted ball by Lawson. Franklin Jackson and Blake Baldwin also played well.

The 12U Braves travel to Bremen next week to take on the Blue Devils. See the full schedule of upcoming youth football games below.

2015 6U Maroon Flag Braves, Cheerleaders, and Coaches after Saturday's season opening 27-20 win at HCPR

2015 6U Maroon Flag Braves, Cheerleaders, and Coaches after Saturday’s season opening 27-20 win at HCPR

6U Maroon 27, Black 20

Another exciting flag football game kicked off opening day under sunny skies at HCPR Saturday. The Maroon Flag Braves outlasted the Black Braves 27-20. Brody Buc Cofield and Benjamin Schory led the scoring for the Maroon team. Cofield had three touchdowns and an extra point while Schory accounted for one touchdown and two extra points. For the Black Braves, Jack Langley scored two touchdowns while Zaiden Moreland had one. Moreland also ran in two extra point conversions.

6U Gray Braves 34, Red Devils 19

The Gray Flag Braves started the season hot taking down the Bowdon Red Devils on the road 34-19. In yet another exciting flag game, Zack Donnell, Amari Heath, Carter Headley, and Tyler Philpot had scores for the Braves. Headley, Heath, and Donnell also had big games on the defensive side of the ball.

10U Trojan Gold 7, Braves 0

The 10U Braves were narrowly defeated at HCPR Saturday by another tough Carrollton Trojan squad. Jaquavian Sims scored the only touchdown of the game for Trojan Gold in a game dominated by the two defenses. Will Alford quarterbacked the Braves and Erozinis Edmondson, Jr. had a couple of nice plays carrying the ball. The Braves defense were led by the big men up front including Jacob Miles, Sammie Holliday, and Alexander McCormick.

8U Red Devils 13, Braves 0

The 8U Maroon Braves defense played well versus the Red Devils in Bowdon allowing zero first half points. Ultimately, the Devils came away with a 13-0 win.


Weekly Schedule 3Monday, Sept. 21

~ 8U Black vs. Villa Rica (6:30 PM)

Saturday, Sept. 26

~ 6U Flag Grey vs. 6U Black (10:00 AM)

~ 8U Maroon vs. Carroll Co. White (11:00 AM)

~ 8U Black @ Carroll Co. Silver (11:00 AM)

~ 10U Maroon @ Carroll Co. Silver (12:30 PM)

~ 12U Maroon @ Bremen (3:00 PM)

(*NOTE: For HCPR Fall Baseball and Softball schedules and other information online visit


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