November 24, 2020

Matt Brown headlines Brave All-Region Selections

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(Franklin) — The Region 5-AA Coaches voted for the 2014 All-Region Teams this week and several members of the Braves’ state quarterfinal team were honored.

Headlining the selections was junior Matt Brown who was named as the 2014 Defensive Player of the Year. Brown amassed numerous quality defensive stats during the season including setting a modern Brave record for defensive lineman with 120 tackles.

Brown also had three sacks, 17 tackles for a loss, 11 quarterback hurries, and a blocked kick during the 2014 campaign. Interestingly, the Brave defensive line tackle record was held by former Brave star running back Dontavius Jackson, who had 95 tackles while playing defensive line during his freshman season.

According to defensive coordinator D.J. Curbow, Brown is a special talent.

“Matt is a really coachable kid that always does what you ask of him,” said Curbow. “He never gives up on any play and I would estimate that 40 of his tackles came because of sheer hustle and effort including at least 10 that saved touchdowns for us.”

Brown will anchor the defensive front line during the upcoming 2015 season.

Bowdon Red Devil coach Dwight Hostetler was named as Region 5-AA Coach of the Year with Red Devil running back Darnell Holland garnering the Offensive Player of the Year award.

Three other Brave defenders were also named to the first team all-region defense including junior lineman Diamond Delgado, sophomore linebacker Ethan Brant, and junior defensive back Austin Barron.

Delgado was also a tackling machine with 96 tackles (including 20 for a loss) and gave quarterbacks fits in 2014 with 6.5 sacks. Delgado also caused three fumbles and recovered five fumbles for Curbow’s defense.

Brant had 86 tackles including nine for a loss and also sacked the quarterback three times. The hard-nosed sophomore also had one interception and should be a force for the Braves for the next two seasons.

Austin Barron led the team in interceptions with three and was in on 70 tackles including six for a loss. Barron was also named to the second team all-region squad as a running back on offense making him the only Brave named first or second team on both sides of the ball. Barron rushed for almost 1000 yards with 13 touchdowns on offense while averaging 6.7 yards per carry.

Braves named to the second team on defense included junior Rad brooks (DL), junior Qua Daniel (LB), junior Chandler Polk (DB), sophomore Mike Holmes (DB), and junior Collin Nutt (P).

On offense, senior star running back Duranta Dunson was named to the first team after once again accumulating monster stats despite missing several games with injury. Dunson rushed for 1864 yards on just 190 carries for an average of 9.81 per carry and 21 touchdowns.

Dunson finishes an amazing four years as the career Heard County record holder in almost every offensive rushing stat including yards, touchdowns, and yards per carry. Dunson also managed 61 tackles on defense despite limited playing time on that side of the ball.

Two other seniors were also named to the first team offense. Tight end Elijah Toney led the team in receiving with 349 yards on 13 receptions for an average of 26.8 per catch and five touchdowns.

Senior Levi Brown ends a stand-out career with another first team selection at offensive tackle. Brown is headed to Marshall University next season to play with the Thundering Herd.

Second team offensive selections included Barron at RB, freshman Emory Jones (QB), senior Zack Stephens (WR), junior Jacob Bishop (OL), junior Andrew Cannon (OL), and sophomore Trey Wiggins (K).

Jones had a solid freshman season at quarterback passing for 971 yards and nine touchdowns while rushing for 330 yards and a touchdown.

Honorable mention selections included senior offensive lineman Justin Whitten and freshman defensive back Jaden Moreland. (Some photos courtesy of Rodney East)



  1. This Graduating class however small in numbers, have been a big part of the successful teams of the last few years. As about half of them were either starters or number two,s as Freshmen. Its really unfortunate that they weren’t treated with more dignity in the All Region selection fiasco. However one only needs to look to next year and see just how much this class will be missed. No amount of Propaganda will cover that reality.

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