(Franklin, GA) – Coach Cain Dean and the 7-8 year-old Braves squad won their third consecutive game Saturday at the Sports Complex over Villa Rica Purple 15-12.
A true team effort on the both sides of the ball keyed the win which was important in the Kiwanis Bowl standings with only three regular season games remaining on the schedule.
The game was a rematch from last year’s Kiwanis Bowl A-Bracket Championship played at UWG which was won by Villa Rica Purple 39-6. The vaunted Villa Rica Purple team had dropped only two games during the past three season combined heading into this match-up.
The Braves took control of the game on their opening drive which culminated in a 12-yard TD run by Ashton Bonner and the extra point score by Noah Cantrell to put the Braves up 7-0 with under four minutes to play in the first quarter.
The Braves line led by Brent Hull and Luke Bennett were once again a significant factor providing big holes for the running backs and good protection for Quarterback Eli Dean.
Dean and Jameer Cook were big on defense on the next Villa Rica drive which led to a Cook fumble recovery and another Braves possession. The defenses continued to battle during the second quarter with the only score actually being made by the Braves defense when Kayden Minix got a huge tackle in the end zone for a safety putting the Braves on top 9-0 at halftime.
The Wildcats came back strong after the half scoring quickly to cut the lead to 9-6 after an unsuccessful extra-point try.
In the fourth Cook found the end zone for a 15-6 Braves lead. Villa RIca pounded it in once again but the Braves defense was able to hold on for the big 15-12 win. The 7-8 Braves are now 3-1 on the season.
“I am so proud of our kids today,” stated Coach Dean after the game. “Our defense played awesome. It was great to get some revenge for last year’s tough loss we had at UWG in the Kiwanis Bowl.”
The 7-8 Braves will be at home Saturday to take on Temple White (10:00 am).
Lacey’s 4 TD’s leads flag Braves to big road win
(Bowdon,GA) – The 5-6 Flag Braves once again showed lots of fireworks on offense taking down the Bowdon Red Devils on the road 34-19. Jonathan Lacey had an outstanding game once again going in on four touchdowns.
Antwon Carter also had a TD. Slade Parmer and Cameron Wilkins scored the extra points.
Lacey, Sammy Holiday, and Trevor Hansford sparked the defense. Coach Josh Parmer and the Flag Braves will be in Ranburne this week for their final regular season game (10:00 am).
11-12 Braves downed by strong Bremen White squad
(Bremen, Ga) – The 11-12 Braves fought hard on defense to a scoreless first half but the Blue Devils came out on top 21-0 after a strong second half effort. The 11-12 Braves return home this Saturday to take on Trojan White at 11:30.
9-10 Braves take first loss to Lions
(Franklin,GA) – Coach Sammy Marsh and the 9-10 Braves drop their first game of the season falling to Carroll County Black 20-8.
The lone scoring for the Braves came on a “freeze” play where nobody on the offense moved as the ball was snapped directly to Tae Gray in the backfield.Gray scampered through the confused Lion defense for a touchdown.
Tray Owens blasted the extra point which put the Braves up 8-6 at the time. On defense Gerrin Holley and Mason Bailey both had big sacks while Key Whitlow continued to be a beast in the middle making several big hits.
Other Braves defenders made big plays in the game including Micaiah Austin, Alex Hale, Chase Powell, and Komari Clark. Cj Shadinger led the way for the Lions with two touchdowns.