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Brookhaven shuts out Franklin County, 20-0

MEADVILLE — After a 62-7 thrashing of Loyd Star a week ago, the Franklin County Bulldogs were looking to go 2-for-2 in avenging losses from last season as they hosted Brookhaven Friday night.

Instead, the Class 5A Panthers took it to the Bulldogs with a mixture of running and passing from senior quarterback Duwone Harris and a defense that put a halt to Franklin County’s ground attack in a 20-0 win at Louis Mullins Memorial Stadium.

Franklin County’s usual potent running game was not able to get out of the blocks. The Bulldogs ran the ball 28 times but for just 34 yards. Milton Griffin was held to 28 yards on 10 carries.

“I was very disappointed. We pride ourselves on being physical and running the ball,” Franklin County head coach Ricky O’Quinn said. “They took us out of our comfort zone.”

And as far as throwing the ball is concerned, the Bulldogs weren’t much better at that. The combination of Jay Davis and Griffin went 9-for-22 with one interception by Davis for 71 yards.

On the flip side, Harris pretty much had his way with the Bulldogs’ defense. He completed seven of 14 passes for 130 yards and had 16 carries for 114 yards, including a seven-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. But despite the fact that Brookhaven racked up 322 yards of total offense, O’Quinn said the defense wasn’t to blame.

“Defense played great. We had a bunch of penalties,” he said.

Jeremy Hunt had nine tackles and one fumble recovery while James Green had six tackles to lead the Bulldogs.

Travorius Showers had the Panthers’ other two touchdowns on runs of three and seven yards.

“We’ve got another 5A team in McComb next week. They’re going to be fast and they’re going to be quick,” O’Quinn said.

Franklin County will travel to McComb to take on the Tigers next Friday with kickoff at 7:30 p.m.