Bulldogs hold on for win

Published 12:43 am Saturday, October 11, 2014

Bernard Selmon ran for 243 yards and four touchdowns on 32 carries, including the game-winning 7-yard touchdown run with 5:04 left in the fourth quarter, as the Franklin County High School Bulldogs held on for a 42-34 win over the Hazlehurst High School Indians Friday night in an MHSAA Division 7-3A game.

Selmon’s fourth touchdown run of the game along with Courtney Smith’s 2-point conversion run gave Franklin County a 42-26 lead. And that proved to be key because the Indians answered with Laddarius Williams’ 65-yard touchdown run, his second TD run of the game, and his 2-point conversion run made it a one-possession game with 4:44 left.

However, the Bulldogs’ defense stepped up in a big way and made sure the Indians would not find the end zone the rest of the game in preserving the win.

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Selmon, who also had scoring runs of 1 yard, 2 yards, and 1 yard, was not the only running back to rush for over 200 yards in the game. Hazlehurst’s Michael Miller had 22 carries for 212 yards and three touchdowns to keep the Indians in the game.

Passing the football was almost not required, but the Bulldogs’ Demartre Collins completed four of five passes for 81 yards, including a 30-yard touchdown pass to Austin Wallace. Hazlehurst, on the other hand, had zero passing yards and had two passes picked off.

Franklin County finished with 317 total rushing yards while Hazlehurst (2-5, 1-1) racked up 351 yards on the ground. Defensively, DeAnthony King and Chris O’Quinn led the Bulldogs with 15 tackles apiece.

Franklin County (4-3, 2-0) will be on the road again next Friday when they visit Crystal Springs High School for a district contest. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.