Duranta Dunson led the ground attack for the No. 6 Braves (9-0, 7-0 Region 5-AA), finishing with 153 yards and two touchdowns on five carries, while Tori Rogers had nine carries for 108 yards and two touchdowns and Qua Reid added 103 yards on six carries and a touchdown. Quarterback Jonathan Hunt had two carries for 59 yards, while also connecting on an 82-yard touchdown strike to Dilian Bradley.
And while the Braves took care of business on Friday, coach Tim Barron said it was somewhat of a struggle with the big game looming next week.
“I felt like we were emotionally down [Friday]. I’m sure the kids were probably looking ahead a little bit, but they did enough to get through the night. It was just one of them games. It’s not that they didn’t play well or anything like that. It was just one of them games that didn’t have a great feel. The kids didn’t seem emotionally in the game, but you’re going to have those games,” Barron said.
The Braves capitalized on a bad snap on Spencer’s first possession, setting up a two-yard Dunson touchdown run. On Heard County’s next possession, Dunson broke loose on an 83-yard touchdown run to put the Braves up 14-0.
Heard County led 27-6 at the half and then scored on its opening possession of the third quarter to put the game away and get the reserves some quality minutes down the stretch.
The victory secures no less than a No. 2 seed for Heard County in the Class AA state playoffs and it can clinch the region title with a win at Bowdon next week or losing by six points or less to the Red Devils in the region tie-breaker scenario.