Franklin County unable to keep up with South Pike

Published 12:50 am Saturday, August 19, 2017

After a lackluster first quarter, the South Pike Eagles scored on defense, special teams and offense in the second quarter on their way to a 27-14 win over the Franklin County Bulldogs Friday night.

X’avier Green scored on a 5-yard run and Spencer Romero added the extra point to give Franklin County a 7-0 lead with 8:48 to go in the second quarter. But it was just about all South Pike after that.

The Eagles recorded a safety with 2:36 to go to halftime, and then took the lead just 18 seconds later when Javosity Jones returned the ensuing free-kick punt 72 yards for a touchdown. Quarterback Dontavious Turner then went to work on the Bulldogs’ secondary.

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Turner threw a 76-yard touchdown pass to Alex Adams with 15 seconds left in the first half to give South Pike a 14-7 lead at the break. He then connected with Adams on a 37-yard scoring pass early in third quarter and late in that same quarter he threw a 30-yard TD pass to Jones.

The Bulldogs got a 4-yard touchdown run from Keonte’ Bee midway through the fourth quarter, but it wasn’t enough. Bee had 27 carries for 93 yards – nearly half of Franklin County’s offensive production.

Franklin County (0-1) plays at Seminary at 7 p.m. next Friday.