July 24, 2021

Recreation Week 2 Round-Up: 11-12 year old Braves Suffer another Heart-Breaking Loss

(Franklin,Ga) – Coach Alan Head’s 11-12 year old team was involved in a very exciting game for the second time in as many weeks yesterday when they faced off against the rival Bowdon Red Devils at the Sports Complex.

The game seemed to be an even match-up from the outset with neither team being able to score but Jalen Moreland did recover a big fumble for the Braves and with just seconds to go in the first quarter Bryan Jones connected with Austin Quillen on a 12-yard TD pass which put them on top 6-0.

In the second quarter, Jones completed a big pass to Davey Raines on a 4th and 5 play that set up a Jaden Moreland 17-yard rushing touchdown to extend the Braves lead to 12-0 as they failed the conversion attempt for a second time.

The Red Devils then scored a TD and with a successful extra point cut the lead to 12-7. It appeared that the Devils might score as time ran out in the first half but Dekari Brewer came out of nowhere to make a touchdown saving tackle as the halftime horn sounded.

One of the Braves top players Quillen took a helmet to his ribs and was forced from the game in serious pain but after Heard County paramedics arrived it was determined that he only had severely bruised ribs and he was able to stay for the rest of game but did not re-enter to play.

In the third quarter, the Devils were able to get in the endzone once again but the Braves were able to stop the extra point play but the Devils had still taken the lead at 13-12.

In the last quarter the Devils intercepted a Jones pass and it appeared it would be returned for another Devil score but little Chunky Hannah was hustling real hard on the play and came up with an exciting tackle as the fans were going wild.

The crowd quickly turned quiet as they realized that on the play Chunky had suffered an injury to his arm which appeared very serious.

He laid on the field for several minutes as paramedics were called back to the field for a second time. All in attendance were thankful that after being helped off the field and looked at by the paramedics it was determined that he should be ok.

The Braves continued to play hard with the loss of two of their best players but they could not deny the endzone to the Devils who extended the lead to 19-12 after another missed extra point try so with under one minute to go in the ballgame things did not look good for Head’s team.

However, Jalen Moreland had other ideas in his head as he returned the ensuing kickoff by the Devils 72 yards for a touchdown as the home crowd exploded leaving the Braves down by only one point 19-18 with just 47 seconds to play pending the extra point try.

Unfortunately for the Braves, the Devils stopped the conversion attempt and the Braves still trailed by a single point with just a few seconds on the clock. Amazingly once against the Braves would not give up when A.J. Head recovered an onside kick and the Braves still had some life but were unable to capitalize as for the second straight week they lost a heart-breaker this time by a final score of 19-18.

Coach Head’s team will try to regroup from these two very emotional games next Saturday when they host Tallapoosa at home (2:00).

11-12 Braves TD Pass vs. Bowdon from HeardCitizen.com on Vimeo.



7-8 Braves (Marsh) 31, Carroll Co. White 0 (Franklin) – Sammy Marsh’s 7-8 year old Braves played their first game of the season yesterday and got off to a great start with a crushing 31-0 win in a game they dominated defensively from the start including a big fumble recovery by Ayden Cannon in the 2nd quarter. Cannon was also the star of the game on offense for the Braves with three big touchdown runs of 51, 72, and 38 yards. Kahlil Cofield also scored a touchdown as the Marsh’s Braves got off to nice start on the season. Next week they will face Trojan Orange in Carrollton at 10:00a.m.

5-6 Flag Braves 47, Bremen Black 19 (Franklin) – The flag Braves coached by Ben Cosper moved their record to 2-0 on the young season with a very impressive 47-19 win over Bremen. The 5-6 year olds were again led this week by Todd Huey, Camden Cosper, and Will Allford who each scored two touchdowns. Also big this week for the braves was Slade Farmer who blocked well and scored some extra points. The tiniest Braves will be at home once again next week when they face Bowdon at 10:00a.m.

#1 (9-10) Braves 23, Bremen White 0 (Bremen) – Coach Brad Yates Braves continue to look like a team poised to compete for the Kiwanis Bowl Championship this year as they came up with their 2nd consecutive shut-out taking down Bremen White in Bremen 23-0. They have dominated their first two games by a total of 51-0. They return home to face Trojan Blue next week at 12:30.

Villa Rica Black 44, #2 (9-10) Braves 0 (Franklin) – Coach Scott Owens team was clearly over matched in this game although they did get some nice runs from Travion Dunson. They will try to regroup next week when they travel to Haralson Co. to face the Rebels at 12:30p.m.

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