By Jonathan McNamara
FRANKLINTON — The Red Rams of Franklinton lost to the Pirates of Corinth Holders, a 2A Northern Carolina conference foe on Friday, 33-32.
New this season to the 3A Two Rivers conference, the Pirates came into the undefeated Red Rams’ stadium 4-1 and without a loss on the road.
Prior to this contest, Franklinton faced three 1A teams, one solid 2A team and a 3A team that has yet to win a game this season The Pirates were the first substantial competition Franklinton has competed against this season.
Striking first, Red Rams’ senior starting wide receiver Travon Judkins made running the ball look easy as he sliced through the Pirates’ defense and scored a touchdown in the first few minutes of the first quarter. Unfortunately, rookie kicker Jacob Woodburn, in his second game, did not score the extra point.
The Pirates answered quickly with a touchdown and a field goal to put Corinth Holders on top 7-6.
With both offenses taking advantage of scoring opportunities the score was tied 19-19 at halftime.
In the third quarter Franklinton’s defense kept the Pirates’ defense scoreless and secured a 26-19 lead.
Contributing to the Red Rams, starting quarterback Daquan Neal completed six of 13 passes for 62 yards and carried eight times for 68 yards.
Judkins carried 15 for 101 yards rushing with three touchdowns and an interception.
Senior wide receiver Mike Waverly caught four passes for 45 yards leading the Red Rams’ offense.
Franklinton accumulated 62 yards passing, 201 yards rushing and 119 yards receiving during the course of the contest.
“We fought tonight — that’s a good football team over there. They are a bigger school and growing, but we fought tonight,” said Red Rams coach Jeremy Buck.
“I am very proud of my guys tonight. We played like we should and hung with those guys,” Buck added.
The Red Rams (5-1) will travel to Creedmoor tomorrow (Friday) for their first conference game of the season facing the Vikings of South Granville.
South Granville is 5-1 and had success Friday against East Wake High, beating them 45-33.
Game time is 7:30 p.m.