Franklin loses 30-6 to Sussex Central

Published 12:10 am Saturday, October 29, 2011

Jordan Cassidy, left, and Latrell Lane try to make tackle for Franklin. -- FRANK A. DAVIS| TIDEWATER NEWS

Franklin’s Travis Brown runs the ball against Sussex Central on Friday night. Brown led the Broncos in rushing with 84 yards during Franklin’s 30-6 Tri-Rivers District loss. -- FRANK A. DAVIS| TIDEWATER NEWS

SUSSEX—Franklin High School could not stop the rushing of Sussex Central, whose Tigers ran for 371 yards for a 30-6 win on Friday night.

The Broncos fell to 2-1 in the Tri-Rivers District and 6-3 overall.

Playing in a rainy, cold game at Sussex Central High School, the Broncos coughed up the ball deep in their own territory on their first possession after taking the opening kick-off.

The defense hung tight and sacked the Tiger quarterback for a big loss on the Bronco 40-yard line.

But on their next possession, Franklin turned the ball over on downs, and from there it was a turning point for the Tigers as they rushed on touchdown runs of 14 yards in the first quarter and 5 yards in the second quarter to hold a 12-0 lead at the half.

On their opening drive of the second half, the Tigers crossed the goal line on a 31-yard run, but failed on the two-point conversion to take the led 18-0.

The Tigers scored again in the third quarter following a 34-yard scamper by quarterback Tyquan Johnson.

The Broncos attempted their comeback as they punched one over the goal on a four-yard run by Travis Brown. The two-point conversion failed, but the Broncos were on the board 24-6 early in the fourth quarter.

The Bronco defense dug in on the next Tiger possession to give the offense the ball at the Bronco 43-yard line with 4:30 remaining in the game.

The Broncos — not able to move the ball — turned it over on downs with 2:06 left in the game.

With 47 seconds left in the game, the Tigers scored their last touchdown on a 33 yard run.

For the Broncos, Brown led in rushing with 84 yards. For the defense, Jordan Cassidy led in tackles with 10, followed by Brown with eight

The Broncos will travel on Friday, Nov. 4, to Windsor for their last game of the regular season.