Broncos fall short

Published 11:59 pm Friday, September 23, 2011

Franklin High School’s Jonathan Boone lends in a tackle during the second quarter against Rappahannock. The Broncos fell to the Raiders 15-12. -- Frank A. Davis | TIdewater News

Franklin's Travis Brown breaks loose on a run during a third quarter play. - Frank A. Davis | Tidewater News

FRANKLIN—Franklin’s failed late fourth-quarter attempt to score on a Travis Brown run ended the Broncos’ hopes for a win on Friday night at Armory Field.

Franklin fell short 15-12 to Rappahannock in the non-district game.

The Broncos were on a roll during their last attempt to take the lead. Franklin started a drive on its own 20-yard line following the kickoff after the Raiders took a 15-12 lead.

With 6:14 remaining in the game, the Broncos used their strong ground game to grind out yardage with the running of Brown and Marcus Stephens to cross midfield.

A 15-yard penalty on the Raiders put the Broncos’ ball on the Raider 19-yard line with 2:12 left.

A run attempt by Stephens failed, and the Broncos were faced with third and 15 yards to go with 1:03 left. Bronco quarterback Delvonte Boone went to the air in an attempt to connect with Jonathan Boone, but the pass failed.

Now faced with fourth down and 15 yards and 55 seconds left in the game, Brown was stopped on a run.

The Broncos started the game cold as they fumbled the ball on their first drive after receiving the opening kick-off. Neither team scored in the first quarter.

Raider Deondre Garner opened the scoring in the second quarter on a three-yard run. The kick by Aaron Rock was good, and the Raiders had a 7-0 led at the half.

The Broncos dug in and stopped the Raiders on their first drive of the second half.

After a Raider punt, the Broncos started a drive on their 22-yard line with 6:48 remaining in the third quarter. Staying on the ground, Brown crossed the goal line on a four-yard run.

The two-point conversion failed, but the Broncos were on the score board 7-6 with 2:14 to play in the third quarter.

On the kickoff, the Broncos pulled off an onside kick to get the ball on the Raider 49-yard line.

Starting the drive, Brown broke free to advance the ball to the 23-yard line. From there, Stephens carried the pigskin for another Bronco touchdown. The two-point conversion failed, and the Broncos led 12-7 with 54 seconds remaining in the third quarter.

After failed drives by both teams, the Raiders put the last points on the board on a 15-yard run by Garner. The two-point conversion was good on a quarterback keeper by Will Hoover to make the score at 15-12.

The Broncos had 288 yards on the ground and were led by Brown with 183 yards and Stephens with 105 yards. Javontae Blacknall led with 11 tackles.

The Raiders had 210 yards on the ground and were led by Garner with 144 yards.