October 21, 2020

Kiwanis Bowl: 12U Braves Stun Trojans in the Mud

The 12U Braves will face Villa Rica this Saturday in the Kiwanis Bowl Championship game at Carrollton High School

The 12U Braves will face Villa Rica this Saturday in the Kiwanis Bowl Championship game at Carrollton High School

(Carrollton, GA) — Head coach Cain Dean and the 12U Braves came back for a 7-6 win over Trojan Black Saturday night at Central High School in a game that won’t soon be forgotten by the players or the fans.

The field conditions at Central High were horrible after several days of heavy rains and the Braves and Trojans saw the worst of it as they competed in the seventh and final game of the weekend on the sloppy field.

Both the Trojans and the Braves struggled to move the ball in the muddy slop and scoring would be at a premium.

The Trojans scored an early first quarter TD to take a 6-0 lead and it seemed that might be the only scoring of the night until the Braves turned things around late in the fourth quarter led by Ashton Bonner. Bonner recovered a fumble late in the third quarter after the Trojans had driven deep into Brave territory.

The Braves, led by quarterback Eli Dean, started the game-winning drive a their own 21 yard line but the score would not come easily at all.

The drive almost stalled near midfield when Bonner ran for a huge gain on a fourth down play setting the Braves up deep in Trojan territory, but the Trojan defense stiffened forcing yet another big fourth down play. This time Bonner got the call again and carried it in for the game-tying TD with less than four minutes to play.

Bonner then carried it in on the extra point to give the 12U Braves a slim 7-6 lead with just minutes to play, leaving it all up to the Braves defense which had played well since giving up the early score to the Trojans.

The Braves were able to hold on defense thanks to key plays by Wesley Crabtree and Franklin Jackson, but the offense would still need a first down to finish off the game.

Running back Cody Hand would not be denied gaining a tough first down for the Braves, allowing them to line up in victory formation and close out the huge win.

The win earned the Braves a spot in this Saturday’s 12U A-Bracket Championship game versus arch rival Villa Rica.

The Braves have faced the beastly Wildcat squad several times over the years including a hard-fought battle earlier this season in Villa Rica where the Wildcats won in a 14-7 comeback. The Kiwanis Championship kicks off at 4:00 p.m. Saturday in the big stadium at Carrollton High School.

“You know these games against these A-Bracket teams are tough they always seem to come down to the last second — my hats off to the Trojan team they played us a heck of a game today,” said Coach Dean after the game. “I am so proud of our boys tonight — they played hard to the final play and never gave up even when we were down.”

In B-Bracket action, the 10U Braves earned a spot in this week’s Championship game with a convincing 34-6 win at Bowdon.

The Braves dominated the Red Devils on both sides of the ball. Jacob Miles and Mason Bailey anchored a stout Braves defense that only allowed one score all day.

The highlight play of the day came just before the half when Todd Huey, Jr. connected with Jonathan Echols on a 90-yard touchdown pass.

Echols and Erozinis “RoRo” Edmondson, Jr. both had big days running the ball and Jacob Watts and Tanner Cheeves each scored on PAT attempts. Camden Cosper had some nice punts to keep the Braves in good field position.

Coach Josh Parmer got a solid effort from his whole team to score the big semi-final win. The 10U Braves will battle Villa Rica White in this Saturday’s Championship game at 1:00 p.m. at the Carroll County Recreation complex.

In 8U action, the 8U Black Braves were eliminated at Bowdon and the 8U Maroon Braves will battle for the C-Bracket trophy tonight at the Carroll County recreation complex.

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