August 4, 2021

Recreation Week 4 Round-Up: 11-12 Braves Down Bulldogs

11-12 HC Braves 24, Ranburne Bulldogs 13 (Franklin, GA) – For the second consecutive week, coach Alan Head’s Braves found themselves winners at the Heard County Sports Complex.

The Braves began the contest by winning the coin toss and electing to defer to the second half, showing their confidence in their defense.

When they got the ball, the offense wasted no time in putting points on the board. On a fourth and three play, quarterback Bryan Jones connected with Austin Quillen for a 46 yard touchdown pass followed by a successful conversion play and before the crowd got settled in the score was 8-0.

In the 2nd quarter, Bryan Jones completed another pass to A.J Head who scampered 47 yards before being brought down on the one yard line.

On the very next play, Jones kept the ball and pushed across the goal line for the Braves’ second score of the game. Once again, the Braves made a successful conversion, as Jones found Jaden Moreland in the end zone with a nice pass.

With 38 seconds left in the first half of play, Austin Quillen picked off a Ranburne pass and went 54 yards for another score. On the ensuing play, the Braves kicked an extra point which increased the score to 24-0 at the half. (Recreation football rules for 11-12 yr olds state that on a conversion attempt, a pass or kick will result in 2 points and a successful run will result with 1 point.)

The second half of the contest turned to a defensive battle as coaches for both side made adjustments. The Bulldogs from Ranburne found themselves in the end zone late in the 3rd quarter but failed on the conversion attempt.

On the next Bulldog drive, Kolby Hannah sacked the quarterback in the backfield for an 8 yard loss on a 3rd down play. Kolby also had four other tackles for loss in the game.

Once again Chunky Hannah made key stops on defense but none more exciting than on a goal line stand mid-way through the 4th quarter.

With help from Nathan Pettway and Jake Echols, the Braves’ D held strong and took over on downs inside their own 5 yard line.

Faced with 4th down the Braves decided to punt but it was blocked which gave Ranburne excellent field position and three plays later the Bulldogs scored with 2:34 left in the game. This time Ranburne completed a pass to their tight end on the conversion and the score was 24-13.

The Braves were once again able to run the clock out after getting possession and the final of 24-13 was in the books. The win pushes the Braves’ record to 2-2 and drops Ranburne to 0-4. The Braves will once again be in action this coming Saturday at the Sports Complex at 11:30 as they take on the Villa Rica Black team. (Article Courtesy of Gary Jones)


7-8 Braves (Dean) 19, Villa Rica Black 0 (Villa Rica) – Tae Gray added two more touchdowns to his already impressive season and Eli Dean also scored a touchdown. The defensive was unstoppable all day. Cain Dean’s Braves next face Carroll Co. White at the Carroll County Complex next Saturday at 10:00 a.m.

9-10 Braves (Yates) 8, Temple 0 (Temple) – Team Yates faced up to a difficult challenge against a quality Temple Tiger team and answered the call with a hard fought 8-0 shut-out victory. They will face the HG Stallions next Saturday morning at 10:00 a.m. in Roopville.

7-8 Braves (Marsh) 42, Tallapoosa 0 (Franklin) – Sammy Marsh’s team moved to 2-1 with a thrashing of Tallapoosa from the opening kick-off. They will be back in action next week in Ranburne with a noon kick-off.

5-6 Flag Braves 31, Bremen White 19 (Bremen) – The 5-6 Flag Braves coached by Ben Cosper moved to 4-0 on the season with an exciting 31-19 win over Bremen white on the road. Scoring touchdowns for the Braves were Will Alford, Jacob Watts, Camden Cosper, and Cameron Wilkins. The defense was strong and pulled lots of flags. The flag Braves will look to complete an undefeated regular season next week when they play their final game at home vs. Bremen Blue at 10:00 a.m. (Info courtesy of Rhiannon Candler)

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