Youthful showdown on the gridiron
Published 6:00 am Friday, November 19, 2021
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The Franklin Mustangs of the Junior age division pose for a team photo before the championship game Saturday at Armory Field. (Photo by Titus Mohler)
Leading the Franklin Mustangs out of a small tunnel created by the Franklin cheerleaders before Saturday’s Junior championship game are, from left, Dallas Holland, Zy'mil Urquhart and Assistant Coach Kenny Bergin. (Photo by Titus Mohler)
A Franklin Mustangs coach and quarterback John Gray, No. 7 at right, present the plan for the next play to the rest of the offense during Saturday’s Junior title game in Franklin. (Photo by Titus Mohler)
Franklin Mustangs ball carrier Zion Owens runs right while advancing against the Roanoke Rapids during Saturday’s Junior championship game at Armory Field. (Photo by Titus Mohler)
Franklin Mustangs punter Jaden Deloatch kicks the ball against Roanoke Rapids in the Junior championship game Saturday at Armory Field. (Photo by Titus Mohler)
Franklin’s Sharod Perry, right, flies to the Roanoke ball carrier, aiming to bring him down. (Photo by Titus Mohler)
Franklin Mustangs quarterback John Gray prepares to hand off to Makyle Duck, No. 27, as a play gets underway. (Photo by Titus Mohler)
Christian Riffas-Williams, of the Franklin Mustangs, hustles during a substitution amid Saturday’s title game. (Photo by Titus Mohler)
The Franklin defense envelopes the Roanoke runner. Defenders pictured are, from top to bottom, Dallas Holland, Jaden Deloatch and JaKari Spivey. (Photo by Titus Mohler)
Makyle Duck, of the Franklin Mustangs, gets set to execute the next play on offense Saturday. (Photo by Titus Mohler)
The Franklin Mustangs were among other local youth football teams battling on the gridiron Saturday, Nov. 13, at Armory Field in Franklin.
The Mustangs, of Franklin Youth Football and Cheer, were competing against Roanoke Rapids in the championship game of the Junior age division, which is set for 9- to 11-year-old players.
Roanoke was able to pull away for the win, but Franklin’s young team members played hard and were able to get on the scoreboard late, giving their cheerleaders and parents great reason to offer vocal support.