Franklinton ends road march two for three.
By Jonathan McNamara
ROANOKE RAPIDS — Three weeks of away games can be a grinding challenge for a high school football team.
Fortunately, for the Red Rams of Franklinton, they concluded their three-week away stint Friday meeting the challenge and adding another win to their tally in a conference contest against the Roanoke Rapids Yellowjackets.
The first quarter was an even match. The Yellowjackets stung first with a Bryce Pearsons’ rushing touchdown. The point after a touchdown (PAT) was good with six minutes left on the clock.
The Red Rams answered with their own Travon Judkins rushing 19 yards to score a touchdown, but missed the PAT.
The second quarter was almost a repeat of the first, except the Yellowjackets completed a two-point conversion following their touchdown.
Franklinton only added six points with a rushing touchdown by quarterback Dequan Neal. However, another unsuccessful PAT caused the Red Rams to lag behind the Yellowjackets with the score 12-15 at the half.
“We did what we could to keep it close. I am proud of the fight my guys put up,” said Red Rams coach jeremy Buck.
Both defenses entered the second half strong, as neither allowed the other to score during the third quarter.
Halfway into the fourth quarter, the Red Rams accumulated some positive yardage and Neal rushed his second touchdown. The PAT was good.
The Red Rams clinched the victory with a score of 19-15.
“I felt like Roanoke Rapids was better defensively and we missed too many tackles,” said Buck. “We have become used to playing when it’s real tight.”
“In the second half Roanoke really milked the clock and burned up all their timeouts. With roughly two minutes left in the fourth that helped us out — we were able to take a knee, get the win and get home.”
The Red Rams (7-2, 2-1) will host the Bunn Wildcats (5-4, 2-1) tomorrow (Friday).
Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m.