Franklin to host SHS in star-studded alumni game

Published 10:08 am Friday, December 16, 2011

FRANKLIN—For Saturday’s Franklin-Southampton High School alumni basketball game, local greats like James Holemon, who scored 1,403 points as a Franklin player, former NFL player Greg Scott and Hampden Sydney College assistant basketball coach Larry Blunt will hit the hardwood.

Former Washington Redskin Greg Scott will play in Saturday’s alumni basketball game between Franklin and Southampton high schools. Scott graduated from Southampton in 1998. -- FILE

Holemon expects a competitive game, which begins at 6:30 p.m. at FHS. Admission is $4. Children under 7 get in free.

At 6 p.m., there will be a three-point contest open to all ages. Participation will cost $2 and the first 10 to sign up will be eligible, said organizer and FHS Track Coach Lakenneth Kindred.

Proceeds benefit the Broncos’ track teams.

Holemon, a 2000 Franklin graduate who teaches business administration for his alma mater, expects a good game.

“The rivalry is still intense,” he said. “I know the game should be good.”

Scott, a 1998 graduate of SHS, remembers playing against Holemon.

“I think that was always the biggest game on the schedule,” Scott said. “It was always a good game.”

Scott, who also played football for the Indians, spent four years in the NFL and is now the chief executive officer of Cover 3 Football in Franklin.

“It’s a great event and something we need to do more of,” he said of the alumni game.

Kindred said the game will include four six-minute quarters, which is similar to the format of a junior varsity game.

“I don’t want anybody to pass out,” Kindred said.

Ronnie Adams, a 1976 Franklin graduate, also will participate.

“That’s always going to be a rivalry,” he said, noting that older graduates still talk about it when the teams face off.

The halftime entertainment will include half-court shots with attempts costing $1 each. There also will be a 50/50 raffle.