Broncos lose football opener to Amelia

Published 8:31 am Wednesday, September 8, 2021

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The Franklin High School Broncos opened their 2021 varsity football season by dropping their first game Sept. 6 at Armory Drive Football Stadium. The Broncos’ brand new first-year coach, Bernard Griffin Jr., watched as his team went down 36-8 to the Amelia County High School Raiders. 

The Raiders took control of the game from the opening kickoff, as they led in scoring with a score of 16-0 by the end of the first half. As the game entered the final quarter of play, the Raiders were up 24-0. The Broncos’ only score came early in the fourth quarter as quarterback Kenaz Jones connected on a touchdown pass to Kaden Bailey. The two-point conversion was good with a pass to Derrick Perry. 

Griffin, in comments after the game, said, “It is not the best, and you are never happy to come into a situation where you lose your first game. We got a lot of young players, and we have some things that we have to work on. We are trying to protect our quarterback, Kenaz Jones. This will take some time; we are a work in progress. We are blessed, and we are going to try to do everything better and make the Franklin community proud of our team.”

The Broncos (0-1) will be on the road Sept. 10 at Colonial Beach High School (0-1). Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.