Franklin County to take on Brookhaven
MEADVILLE — Franklin County is not about to get overconfident just because of one big win in its opening game.
Although the Bulldogs won big against Loyd Star 62-7 last Friday, head coach Ricky O’Quinn said his team still feels like it’s them against the world.
“I said last week our guys were playing with a chip on their shoulders. We’re going to approach every game the same way. Beating Loyd Star didn’t get us ranked, so our players still feel like they have something to prove,” O’Quinn said.
“I don’t think anyone has a big head. We’re going to make sure they don’t get one.”
A strong defensive showing, where Franklin County held Loyd Star to just 77 yards of total offense, was a big key in the Bulldogs’ opening game win.
“That’s great. Anytime you can hold someone to under 150 yards of offense is good, but under 100 is great,” O’Quinn said.
“We played with great intensity, and got a lot of turnovers. Our guys flew around the ball, and I was excited about that.”
The Bulldogs totaled 294 yards rushing against Loyd Star with six rushing touchdowns, something O’Quinn was also pleased with, he said.
“We pride ourselves on a strong running game, and we did a really good job finding our backs, taking care of the ball and finding the right holes,” O’Quinn said.
“We didn’t have the ball much on offense, but when we got it, we made it count. Our guys up front did a good job, and we have to do the same thing Friday, just a little bit better.”
This Friday, the Bulldogs will host Brookhaven, a team that brings a lot to the table athletically.
“They have an extremely good team. Their quarterback is a really good player, and we’re going to have to contain him,” O’Quinn said.
“He hurt us some last year as a junior, and he’s a senior now. He can run and throw, and we’re going to have to keep him in check.”
Franklin County’s offensive line also has a tall task ahead for them.
“They have a huge defensive line, so those guys will have to step it up this week,” O’Quinn said.
Kickoff at Franklin County is at 7:30 Friday night.