Franklin, Jefferson counties lose on opening night
MEADVILLE — It was a rough night for the Franklin County Bulldogs and new head coach Chris Calcote as they were defeated by the Brookhaven High Panthers 41-13 Friday night.
Franklin County had no answer for Brookhaven’s running game. The Panthers racked up 243 yards on the ground on just 34 carries. They were led by Trey McDaniel, who had nine carries for 103 yards and three touchdowns.
Brookhaven quarterback Fred Trevillion added a pair of touchdown runs and he threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to Javontae Trevillion. Fred Trevillion was 5-for-11 passing for 59 yards.
Not only did the Bulldogs have a hard time stopping the Panthers’ offense, they also had a hard time moving the ball. Franklin County was held to just 78 yards rushing on 42 carries and 43 yards passing.
Chris Robinson scored on an 11-yard run with 7:49 to go in the first quarter to give the Bulldogs an early 7-0 lead, but they didn’t score again until late in the ball game. Robinson finished the game 4-for-5 for 40 yards, overcoming a sprained ankle he fought through during the week.
Demartre Collins threw a three-yard touchdown pass to Demarrius Tyler with 22 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter. Benard Selmon had 17 carries for 76 yards and Tyler had four receptions for 31 yards.
Franklin County (0-1) next plays at 7 p.m. next Friday at North Pike.
South Pike 38, Jefferson County 20
MAGNOLIA — Jaxavian Holmes had two long touchdown runs as the South Pike Eagles jumped out to a big lead and went on to defeat the Jefferson County Tigers Friday night.
“We just made too many mistakes. We’re a young ball club, and we’ve got a lot of growing up to do,” Jefferson County head coach James Herrington said. “We had two touchdowns called back on clipping penalties. We’ve got to clean things up. We penalized ourselves too much.”
South Pike sophomore quarterback Qauvonte Adams accounted for two touchdowns — one passing and one rushing and both in the second quarter as the Eagles took a 22-0 lead into halftime.
Rashard Brown had much of Jefferson County’s offense. The Tigers’ signal caller had 25 yards rushing on 11 carries with two touchdowns, and he completed 20 of 33 passes for 233 yards, including a 22-yard touchdown pass to James Herrington Jr. late in the fourth quarter.
Even though the Tigers had 293 yards of total offense and 15 first downs, they were also flagged for 85 penalty yards.
Jefferson County (0-1) hits the road next Friday for a 7 p.m. game at Natchez High.