September 16, 2021

JV Braves Win Shoot-out over Callaway

Braves Sophomore Tori Rogers vs. Callaway

The junior varsity Braves were supposed to have an open date this week, but a cancellation by a Callaway opponent prompted a bonus game for the die-hard Braves football supporters Thursday at  Staples Stadium.

The fans were in for quite a treat in this game which saw 70 points light up the scoreboard most of which were scored by the home team.

The Braves offense was on fire for the second straight week in a big 40-30 win over the rival Cavs.

The Braves offense seemed to score at will early on as after a long run by Tori Rogers Tae Freeland rushed in for a 5-yard touchdown early in the first quarter and the Braves would not trail again.

Quarterback Taylor Smith had another big game including two big touchdown passes to Freeland and Damon Pearson, and he also sealed the win on defense with an interception late in the fourth quarter.

Freeland has racked up a lot of yards and scores in the first two games this season in which the braves have scored an average of 38 points.

Coach D.J. Curbow said after the game: ” I don’t remember our JV team ever scoring this many points in back to back weeks before, but I do remember our defense giving up that many points before. Our kids on offense are playing real well right now.”

Curbow told us that in many situations our JV teams struggle because of the simple fact that so many freshmen and sophomores are forced into varsity play due to  a lack of depth in our upper classes.

It seemed the Brave had the game fully in control at 28-12 right before the half until a very poor defensive pass interference call on Damon Pearson allowed the Cavs to push across a short TD run as time expired bringing the Devils within 10 points at the half 28-18.

The Cavs cut the lead further early in the third quarter on a 55-yd run and the score was very close at 28-24 before the Braves offense bounced back once again on the long TD pass from Smith to Freeland to extend the lead back to 10 points.

The exclamation point and biggest highlight of the game for the Braves also came in the third when a blocked punt was grabbed in mid-air and run in for a touchdown by Junior Dillian Bradley.

The Cavs tried to get back in the game but after the late interception by Smith the Braves were able to drain the clock to bring their record to 2-0 on the young season.

Callaway will not have to wait long to seek revenge as the two teams will meet again Thursday at Callaway (5:30) in a rematch.

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