Broncos score big in win over the Dukes

Published 12:04 pm Saturday, November 1, 2014

For the second week in a row, the Franklin High School Broncos have been cranking up their offense, winning big over the visiting Windsor Dukes 56-8 at Armory Park football stadium on Friday night in a VHSL TriRivers District match.

Windsor QB Devawn Cosbert fails to get by Franklin’s Jack Sykes. -- FRANK DAVIS | The Tidewater news

Windsor QB Devawn Cosbert fails to get by Franklin’s Jack Sykes. — FRANK DAVIS | The Tidewater news

The Broncos opened their scoring early in the first quarter after the Dukes fumbled on their first possession following kickoff. Not only did the Dukes lose the football, but they also lost starting quarterback Keshawn Reid, who was injured on the play. Recovering the ball on the Dukes’ 27 yard line, the Broncos drove to the red zone where Jack Sykes carried it across the goal line for the touch down. and Javonte Baker scored on the 2-point conversion for the 8-0 lead.

On the Bronco kickoff, the Dukes coughed up the football and Tre’Shawn Freeman recovered it on the Dukes’ 14-yard line. Wasting no time, the Broncos Javonte Baker scored on an 11 yard run and also on the 2-point conversion to put the home team ahead 16-0 with 9:28 showing on the clock

Forcing the Dukes to punt on their next possession, a bad kick gave the Broncos the pigskin on the Dukes’ 19-yard line. Bronco quarterback Darrien Duck passed complete to Natron Lee for a 19-yard touchdown. Tyree Jones powered over the goal line for the 2-point conversion and the Broncos led the game 24-0 with 7:36 remaining in the first quarter.

The Dukes on their next possession turned the ball over on downs. Going back on offensive, the Broncos Corey Porter showed his lightning speed as he went untouched for a 32-yard touchdown run. Adding the 2 point conversion was Tyree Jones to advance the home team lead to 32-0.

Not finished with the scoring for the first quarter, the Broncos Markeem Tyler dodged and changed directions to leave many of the Dukes on the ground to score on a 28-yard touchdown run. Attempting the point after kick was Jack Sykes, who missed the mark but the score was now 38-0 with 1:05 remaining in the first quarter.

Early in the second quarter, the Dukes allowed Porter to race by them again, this time for a 53-yard touchdown. The Broncos showing respect for the Dukes, took a knee. The score was now 44-0.

The Broncos last score of the first half came on a Quayshawn Jefferson 43-yard touchdown run. A knee was taken again by the Broncos who led 50-0.

The Dukes only score in the game came after a Bronco fumble on the 3-yard line and a recovery by Trevor Kiser who scored with 1:00 remaining in the first half. Trevor Cross added the 2-point conversion and the score was 50-8 with 54.7 remaining to be played in the first half. The Dukes, on kickoff, pulled off a successful on-side kick but were not able to score as the half ended.

Playing with a running clock for the second half, the Broncos only added a 9-yard touchdown run by Tyree Jones in the fourth quarter. Taking a knee again, the score, which held to the end of the game, was 56-8.

Bronco Head Coach Darren Parker, stated in comments after the game, “First of all, God is great. We executed in all phrases of the game, the kids are playing well and next week we have Southampton. It’s going to be a great game. We will be going back to the drawing board, looking a film and making improvements as we have to.”

Windsor head coach Chuck Parrish remarked after the game, “We told the team that we are proud of them. They kept fighting and playing. That’s all that we want of them in life, this was a life-lesson and they kept on fighting.”

The Broncos were led in rushing by Corey Porter with 85 yards and the team had a total of 331 rushing yards. For the Dukes, Trevor Cross led in rushing with 81 yards and the team had a total of 138 yards.

The Broncos were led in tackles by Kalil Thomas with 6 tackles, and for the Dukes, Jared Stowe led with 4.

For the last week of the regular season, the Broncos will play the “Backyard Brawl” as they travel to Southampton, and the Dukes will be at home against Park View.