Franklin defeats West Point 48-23

Published 11:29 am Friday, September 30, 2011

Travis Brown carries the ball against Rappahannock on Sept. 23. Brown rushed fo 154 yards and two touchdowns during Thurday night's 48-23 win over West Point. FRANK A. DAVIS/TIDEWATER NEWS

FRANKLIN—Franklin carried the ball for 334 yards compared to West Point’s 85 to defeat the Pointers win 48-23 during a non-district game on Thursday.

Leading Franklin rusher Travis Brown carried the ball 23 times for 154 yards and two touchdowns. Teammates Latrell Lane carried the ball 18 times for 96 yards and one touchdown, while Marcus Stephens carried the ball 12 times for 69 yards and one touchdown.

Bronco Keon Cosby carried the ball four times for eight yards and two touchdowns.

Franklin gained no yards passing, while host West Point quarterback Robert Anerton passed for 160 yards and two touchdowns.

“They executed well,” Coach Darren Parker said about his Broncos. “We knew this team.

Defense, offense and special teams played very well. In defense we had to be very disciplined. We did well together. We just have to improve every week.”

Brown opened scoring with 4:26 left in the first quarter on a 10-yard run. The two-point conversion attempt by Javontae Blacknall failed.

Anerton followed with 9:58 left in the half, scoring on a 14-yard run for West Point. The kick by Charles Duvall was good, giving West Point a 7-6 lead.

Two minutes later, Stephens scored on a 15-yard run and picked up the two-point conversion to give the Broncos a 14-7 lead. Brown followed with 5:58 left in the quarter, scoring on a 14-yard run. Delvontae Boone’s pass to Jonathan Boone was good for two more points.

Just over a minute later, a bad snap from center Charles Duvall resulted in a safety for Franklin. Duvall then punted the ball to the Franklin 45, which Stephens returned for a touchdown. Brown picked up the extra two points, giving Franklin a 30-7 halftime lead.

In the third quarter, Crosby scored on one- and two-yard runs.

With 1:14 left in the quarter, Anerton passed to Justin Hatcher for a 46-yard touchdown. Neil Washington’s run for two points was good.

Lane scored the final touchdown for Franklin on a 6-yard run with 9:55 left in the fourth quarter.

Anerton threw a seven-yard touchdown pass to Hatcher with 6:26 remaining. Anerton’s run for two was good.