Broncos end regular season with a big win against Indians

Published 10:06 am Saturday, November 9, 2013

Terry Warren scores on a 14-yard run. -- FRANK DAVIS | TIDEWATER NEWS

Terry Warren scores on a 14-yard run. — FRANK DAVIS | TIDEWATER NEWS

FRANKLIN—In what some call “The Back Yard Brawl,” the Franklin High School Broncos got a dominating 59-0 win against the Southampton County High School Indians Friday night at Armory Park Football stadium.

The Broncos only allowed the Indians to get 1 first down, while the offense moved the chains 32 times. In net rushing yards, the Indians had a total of 21 yards, while the Broncos rushed for 386 yards. In the passing category, the Indians had 0 yards to the Broncos 45 yards.

It went downhill quickly for the Indians, as the Bronco’s put 28 points on the scoreboard in the first quarter of play. In scoring their first touchdown on their first possession, Bronco Quarter Back Laquadric Pittman on a quarterback keeper fumbled the ball in the endzone but it was picked up by Franklin running back Terry Warren for the touchdown. Angel Padilla added the extra point for a 7-0 lead at 6:29.

On the Indians first possession, they coughed up the ball, and it was recovered by the Broncos Terry Warren on the Southampton 25-yard line. Moving the ball into the red zone, Pittman walked into the endzone this time untouched for a touchdown run. Padilla kicked the extra point for a 14-0 lead at 5:14 mark in the first quarter.

On the Bronco kick-off the Indians managed another fumble and the Broncos recovered it again deep in the Indians territory. With 4:24 remaining in the first quarter, Warren powered his way 14 yards to cross the goal line for another touchdown. Padilla added another extra point kick for a 21-0 lead.

After the Bronco’s defense forced an Indian punt, the Broncos moved the pigskin into the red zone and Pittman this time fell across the goal line for his second touchdown of the night. Padilla closed out the first quarter’ scoring with a perfect extra point kick and the score advanced to 28-0.

The Broncos opened their scoring in the second quarter, as Marcus Stephens stepped across the goal line on a 1-yard run. Padilla increased the score with his extra point kick and the score was now 35-0.

Switching up on their offensive attack, the Broncos quarterback Pittman connected on two touchdown passes. The first to Darrien Duck for 13 yards and the second to Corey Porter for 17 yards. Padilla added both extra point kicks as the score favored the home team with a 49-0 lead, which held to the end of the first half.

The second half opened with a running clock due to the Bronco lead. A long opening drive by the Broncos with fresh jerseys in the game resulted in a 1-yard run by Anthony Lott-Davis, who normally plays as a lineman. Padilla booted the extra point to give the Broncos a 56-0 lead.

The Broncos last score of the game came from a drive in which they had entered the red zone.

The coaching staff directed the team to take a knee on several plays to keep from running the score up too bad. On 4th down, Padilla kicked a 20-yard field goal that ended the scoring for the night.

Leading the Broncos in tackles was Aaron Sumblin with 5 tackles followed by Jonathan Holly with 4 tackles. For the Indians, Chris Lawrence had 11 tackles followed by Jaquail Warren and Devine Fenner both with 5 tackles apiece.

Franklin Head Coach Darren Parker remarked after the game, “that the countdown starts now with 5 more games to reach the state championship. They will take each week one at a time, and as always, God is awesome.”

The Broncos (9-1) end the season in second place in the district and will host the opening playoff game next week at Armory Park against at this time an unknown opponent.