Holland defends youth league title

Published 8:51 am Friday, November 11, 2011

FRANKLIN—The Holland Razorbacks came from behind to beat the Franklin Mustangs 19-13 and win the Franklin-Southampton Youth Football League title for a second year in a row.

Franklin Mustang Tyeon Ruffin carries the ball for a gain during Wednesday’s Franklin-Southampton Youth Football League title game at Armory Field. The Holland Razorbacks won 19-13. -- Jim Hart | Tidewater News

Playing at Armory Field in Franklin, the Mustangs took a 13-0 lead on touchdown runs by quarterback Rayquan Parker and tailback Tyeon Ruffin.

The Razorbacks then scored two unanswered touchdowns and trailed Franklin by one point at halftime.

The opening kickoff for the second half was returned 70 yards by Ruffin for a touchdown only to be called back for a blocking penalty.

The game turned into a slugfest in the second half with both defenses handing out punishing hits.

Late in the fourth quarter, Holland scored a touchdown to defeat Franklin.

“Our boys played hard tonight,” said Franklin Coach Rob Carter. “They left it all on the playing field. We make no excuses; we lost the game to a good team.”

“You can’t make mistakes in a close game, and we made some critical mistakes that cost us points and field position,” Carter continued. “I’m proud of this team. They should also be proud of themselves. All you can do is give yourself a chance to win and we just couldn’t hold them. They did what they had to do and we couldn’t stop them”.