August 1, 2021

Kiwanis Bowl Round-Up Week 2: 7-8 Braves #2 Advance to Championship Game

7-8 Braves #2 (Marsh) 20, Bremen Black 6 (Central High School) – Coach Sammy Marsh and his 7-8 year old Braves #2 squad came up with a big 20-6 win over Bremen Black at Central High School Saturday.

Alex Boyd got the Braves on the board early for the Braves with a long touchdown as they took an early 7-0 lead after the extra point was run in by Kahlil Cofield. Cofield provided his own fireworks in the second quarter when he ran for his long touchdown up the middle and after Leroy Marsh ran in the extra point the Braves were in control 14-0.

In the third quarter, Leroy Marsh ran it in form 20 yards away and the Braves were solidly in control of the game at 20-0. Bremen Black was able to reach the endzone in the fourth but it was too late and the Braves advanced to next week’s championship game.

Bo Hazel and Drew Cornelius also played well up front for Coach Marsh. The Braves advance to the B-Bracket Kiwanis bowl Championship game next Saturday, November 12 at Carrollton High School. They will face off against the Trojan Orange team at 11:30 a.m.

They are the only Braves recreation team still alive so the Brave Nation will be rooting extra hard for them to bring home the big trophy next week.

Kahlil 75 yd TD Run vs. Bremen Black from Pat Cofield on Vimeo.


Villa Rica Purple 39, 7-8 Braves (Dean) 6 (University of West Ga.) – In the 7-8 Championship A-Bracket game, the Braves were obviously over-matched from the get-go. The Villa Rica team had a huge edge in size, experience, and athleticism.

They featured twenty-one 8-year old players while the Braves had only 5. One major bright spot for the Braves continued to be the play of Tae Gray. As time ran out in the first half Gray scampered 70 yards for the only score that Villa Rica would allow all season.

Gray also ran down several of the Villa Rica players in the open field as he appeared to be the fastest kid on the field. He should continue to be a Brave to watch during the next several years. This was the only loss of the season for this Braves team who were outstanding all year long.

Bremen White 28, 9-10 Braves #2 (Owens) 0 (Central High School) – Coach Scott Owens and his 9-10 team could never get on track against the Bremen team but with a nice first round win this team made lots of improvements this year.

The 11-12 team will welcome lots of new additions next year compliments of the two 9-10 teams. Also several of these players will be competing in the Turkey Bowl in Atlanta later this month.

Carroll Co. White 25, 11-12 Braves 19 (OT) (University of West Ga.) – In the most exciting game of the day at the Kiwanis Bowl the 11-12 Braves were defeated in overtime by Carroll Co. White 25-19 at the University of West Georgia in the C-Bracket.

This game featured two very evenly matched teams that fought each other hard all day long. The Lions got on the board first and led the Braves 7-0 at the end of the first quarter. The lead would be short-lived though as Braves quarterback Brian Jones passed to his favorite receiver Austin Quillen for a touchdown and after Trevor Garcia scored the extra point the game was knotted at 7-7.

Later in the quarter, Cal Helton of the Lions broke free for a 47-yard score after he was seemingly stopped for a loss putting the lions on top 13-7 at the half. The Braves answered back in the 3rd quarter on a Quarterback sneak by Jones and after a failed extra point the game was again tied at 13.

On the ensuing Lions drive, Kolby Hannah of the Braves brought down a big interception but had the ball stolen away on a great play by the Lions’ Dylan Wyble during the return.

The Braves were backed up deep at their own 10 yard line with 5:54 to play in the game when Jones connected once again with Quillen on a 90-yard touchdown pass as the Braves fans cheered wildly. After a failed extra point, the lead was 19-13.

Kiwanis Bowl 90-yard TD Pass from on Vimeo.

Amazingly the Lions had three touchdowns called back by penalties in the second half alone but they kept fighting and with only 45 seconds to play in the game were able to reach the endzone to tie the game at 19-19. The game winning extra point try was stopped by the Braves.

A Jones pass was intercepted by the Lions as time expired in regulation but Trevor Garcia made a huge tackle inside the 10-yard line and the game moved to overtime. The Lions took possession first ad quickly scored a touchdown but failed on the extra-point leaving the door open for the Braves.

Unfortunately, Jones was intercepted by Gabe Nelson of the Lions on the second play from scrimmage and the Braves were defeated 25-19.

The team was heartbroken after the close hard-fought game. The Lions will face the Carrollton Trojans in the Championship game next week.


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