September 23, 2017

Recreation Week 5 Round-Up: Flag Braves Go Undefeated!

Flag Braves 31, Bremen Blue 6 (Franklin) – The flag Braves coached by Ben Cosper finished the regular season undefeated Saturday after scoring a big 31-6 win over Bremen Blue at the Sports Complex. Camden Cosper was again huge for the Braves scoring three of the five touchdowns. The other touchdowns were scored by Todd Huey and Will Alford. Huey had a touchdown called back by a penalty just before the half but on the next play took it across the goal line yet again giving the Braves a 19-6 halftime lead. The defense was excellent at pulling flags all day and allowed Bremen Blue only a single touchdown in the second quarter. The flag Braves now await the flag bowl which will take place October 22-23 at Mt. Zion. great job by Coach Cosper and the smallest of our Braves! (Information courtesy of Rhiannon Candler)

9-10 Braves #2 (Owens) 24, Tallapoosa 14(Tallapoosa) – The 9-10 Braves coached by Scott Owens came out on top with their first victory of the season Saturday at Haralson County High School against Tallapoosa Rebels with a big 24 to 14 win. The 24 points were scored by the following: Tray Dunson scored on a 54-yard break rush up the middle.  Caden Raines scored on a hot pass to the right for a 24-yard score. Tray Dunson scores again on a 36-yard run down the side line to the end zone. Very impressively, Tray Owens followed up all three scores with successful extra point field goals. Tray was also big on offense rushing for 126 yards on the ground. Coach Owens stated after the game that he was very thankful to ALL of his players for the great effort. Congrats to these 9-10 Braves on getting their first win. Coach Owens team will face off against Temple Black at home next week. (1:00p.m.)

The 9-10 Braves coached by Scott Owens Celebrate Their First Big Win 24-14 over Tallapoosa. (Photo Courtesy of LeAnda Holdridge)

9-10 Braves #1 (Yates) 34, Holy Ground 0 (Roopville) – Coach Yates and his 9-10 Braves continue to obliterate the competition. They are undefeated at 5-0 and the defense has been unwavering allowing zero points all year. The team has outscored its opponents 112-0. They will look to keep the scoreless streak alive next week when they travel to Mt. Zion. (1:30 p.m.)

7-8 Braves #1 (Dean) 28, Carroll Co. White 0 (Carrollton) – Cain Dean’s Braves remained undefeated with a big road shut-out win over Carroll Co. White Saturday. They will return home next Saturday to face Bowdon. (10:00a.m.)

7-8 Braves #2 (Marsh) 14, Ranburne 0 (Ranburne) – Coach Marsh’s squad were big on the road with a 14-0 shut-out over the Bulldogs. They will next face off vs. Bremen Blue Saturday at home. (11:30 a.m.)

Villa Rica Black 32, 11-12 Braves 6(Franklin) – The Braves coaches knew this would be a tough test for their young team as they were going up against a Villa Rica defense that has only allowed two other teams in the league to put points on the board this year. Coach Head stated, “The Cats have a very stingy and quick defense, one of the best we will face all year”.

Captains for this week’s game for the Braves were: #25 Zane Mitchell, #15 Bryan Jones, #33 Kolby Hannah and #6 Trevor Garcia.

The game began with Villa Rica electing to kickoff and the Braves found themselves starting on their own 45 after a nice return. The Braves went 3 and out on their first possession.

Quickly the Villa Rica offense went to work from a shotgun formation. With 2:40 left in the first quarter, they scored with a sweep to the short side of the field by their speedy running back; however, on the TD conversion attempt, Chunky Hannah came up with a big play as he caused the QB to fumble after getting his helmet on the ball to knock it loose and the conversion failed.

Sticking to the game plan of mixing the pass and run, one of Jones’ passes was picked off and returned for the Cats second score of the game. Villa Rica then completed a successful conversion and the Braves found themselves down by the largest total of the year, 13 points.

The Braves never gave up and eventually punched it in the end zone on a beautiful 45 yd run by Trevor Garcia. It was Garcia’s first score of the year as his efforts sent the crowd into a cheering frenzy.

The Braves continued to try to pick the Cats defense apart but to no avail. On a 4th and 3, Coach Jones called for the QB bootleg.

Jones was stopped just inches short as his run required a measurement and close examination by the referees. Then with 4.6 seconds left in the contest, the Cats chose to run another play instead of simply taking a knee to run out the clock. On a busted play, the Cats punched in another TD and ran the score to 32-6.

In the midst of defeat, rose several bright spots on the day for the Braves. The hard-hitting play of both Kolby Hannah and Chunky Hannah (no relation) continues to anchor the Braves defense.

Trent Sickman has been a mainstay at center all year and the nice running by Trevor Garcia and Jaden Moreland continue to fuel the ground attack. Garcia had 7 carries for 69 yards rushing on the day.

The 11/12 Braves will travel this Saturday to play the Bremen Blue Devils in a 4 p.m. match-up at Bremen High School. (Submitted by: Gary Jones)

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