Franklin spanks Surry

Published 1:27 am Saturday, October 11, 2008

Franklin High School’s first district game of the season was a success.

Fresh off a 28-24 loss to Colonial Beach in the final seconds last week, the Broncos came out fired up and whipped Surry County 34-0.

Franklin led 22-0 at halftime and never looked back.

“Execution, execution, execution,” said Franklin coach Darren Parker. “We prepare Monday through Thursday to be able to execute on Friday night.”

The Broncos improved to 5-1 overall, 1-0 in the Tri-Rivers District. Surry fell to 2-4, 0-1.

Early in the first quarter, Franklin quarterback Donzell Shearin broke free on a run for 33 yards and a touchdown. The two-point conversion failed, but the Broncos were up 6-0 with 5:06 remaining in the first quarter.

The Cougars on offense resembled pass-happy Surry teams of years past, when they were called the Air Cougars, but the receivers on this year’s squad were not able to hold onto the football Friday night.

Cougar passes were intercepted twice in the first quarter by Derrick Thompson and Shearin.

The Broncos went to the air in the second quarter after establishing a strong running game and caught the Cougar defense unprepared with a 76-yard touchdown pass to Thompson.

With 1:16 remaining in the second quarter, Shearin went to the air again, connecting with Malik Brown for an 11-yard TD.

Opening the second half, the Broncos struck early on a 1-yard run by Daquan Clemons. The extra-point kick by Tyler Childress missed the mark, but the Broncos enjoyed a 28-0 lead.

Early in the third quarter Parker went to his bench and sent in many substitutes, including quarterback Trey Kigler.

The Cougars mounted their best drive of the night in the fourth quarter, reaching the red zone on the 6-yard line. A bad snap in the shotgun formation pushed the ball back to the 21. Putting the ball in the air again, the Cougars were again picked off by Donzell Shearin.

With 2:08 remaining in the game, Derek Boone crossed the goal line for the Broncos on an 8-yard run. Boone also attempted the point after but missed.

It didn’t matter, as the Broncos led 34-0.

On offense Isaiah Hudson, returning from a one-game suspension, led the Broncos in rushing with 115 yards and in tackles with 8. Emmett Artis had 7 tackles.

Franklin returns to action Friday at Charles City, the second of three consecutive road games for the Broncos, who are ranked 10th in the state among Group A schools by The Associated Press. Charles City lost to Windsor Friday.