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Indians win backyard brawl 16-14 over Broncos

A Franklin High running back tries to get by the Southampton defender Calvin Harrison. — Frank A. Davis

FRANKLIN

Tough game, tough win. Big game, big rivalry. It just goes to show you that whenever Franklin an dSouthampton come together you can throw everything out the window because the guys from both teams are going to give it their all,” said Travis Parker, head coach of the Southampton County High School Indians after they squeezed a 16-14 win over the Franklin High School Broncos on Friday night at Armory Drive football stadium in Franklin.

The Broncos were looking good in the first half scoring with two touchdowns and kicking the extra point on both to have a 14- 0 lead at half time. The Indians scored two touchdowns in the second half. What made the difference was, the Indians were successful on both touchdowns to score twice with 2-point conversions.

Parker continued, “I expected a tough game and we had to come back. They jumped up on us and in the second half we had to come back and make a few adjustments to be able to come back. We got a few breaks to be able to do it. To God be the glory, I am just thankful that we had the opportunity to just compete. I am happy for the win, I will take the win. It was ugly but I have to take it.”

Franklin Bronco head coach Karl Robertson said, “it was a great completive game. The two teams came out and battled to the very end. Unfortunately, somebody has to be on the losing end and tonight it was us. We had some mistakes and allowed them to get back in the game and we can only fault ourselves for that. Thank God we are injury-free and continued to give him all the praise and thank him for allowing us to come out here and do this thing called football.”

In comments on behalf of the team, Kemond Rogers said, “Me and my boys played our hearts out tonight but we will be back next week better than ever.”

The Broncos will advance to the to the Region B playoffs on Friday, Nov. 16 to play at Central Lunenburg High School.

At this time, no information was available if the Indians have received any notifications for continued play.