Franklinton defeats Granville Central and move to 5-0 for the season.
By Jonathan McNamara
FRANKLINTON — Franklinton celebrated homecoming with a victory against Granville Central Sept 27 as the Red Rams remain undefeated for the season.
“We came out on fire. We were up 14-0 early,” said Franklinton coach Jeremy Buck.
Enjoying a 30-6 lead over the Panthers at the half, the Red Rams played like all stars. It didn’t last, however.
According to coach Buck, “We were a championship football team in the first but not in the second.”
“We thought we could make some adjustments but we shot ourselves in the foot,” added Buck.
After the success of the first half the Red Rams succumbed to turnovers, penalties and fumbles in the second.
The Red Rams allowed the Panthers to claw 16 points out of their defense, compared to the seven Franklinton put on the board in the second half.
“We are not here to just win football games, we want to win championships — you can’t win championships like this,” he added.
The Red Rams had a total 373 yards rushing with 46 carries.
Franklinton senior and starting quarterback, Daquan Neal, had six carries for 53 yards and two touchdowns.
Senior J.C. Henderson had 11 carries for 48 yards. Henderson also had an interception and a fumble return for a touchdown.
Senior Travon Judkins had 23 carries for 264 yards with two touchdowns and an interception.
“The Panthers fought hard and coach Hammett runs a good program,” said Buck of Granville Central.
“We’ve won five but we aren’t there yet,” he added.
The Red Rams are back at home tomorrow (Friday) in a non-conference contest against 3A Corinth Holders.
“We are going to look at all the film and square away some weaknesses to try to be ready for a tough Corinth Holders team,” said Buck.
Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.