Broncos come through in Roanoke

Published 6:06 pm Thursday, October 5, 2023

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Franklin High School’s varsity football team endured a long trip to play its road game against Roanoke Catholic School on Friday evening, Sept. 29, but the Broncos weathered the unusual circumstances and came through to win a competitive ballgame, 36-30.

“I was proud of the team,” Franklin Head Coach Lamont Hill said. “We were on the school buses for around four hours and had some idle time once we got to the field. The guys refocused and made the big play when we needed it most.”

The coach said that the deciding factor in the game was the Broncos’ discipline to hustle to the ball carrier.

“We stress it in practice every day about getting to the ball carrier and then attacking the ball,” he said. “It worked in our favor this time.”

Leading the Franklin standouts on offense was junior quarterback Altavis Turner, who went 8-for-14 passing for 83 yards and a touchdown and also carried the ball 14 times for 148 yards and three touchdowns.

Junior running back/wideout Travis Mabry also starred in multiple roles, recording four carries for 63 yards and three receptions for 17 yards and a score, and he also returned a kickoff 60 yards for a touchdown.

Senior wide receiver Kaden Bailey registered four catches for 60 yards.

“Chaevon Torrance had three huge two-point conversions for us,” Hill said, referencing another one of his standout senior wide receivers.

The victory puts the Broncos (3-2) above .500 for the first time this season. After opening up its Tri-Rivers District schedule with a win on Sept. 21 against host Windsor High School, Franklin returns to its district lineup Friday, Oct. 6, when it visits Surry County High School at 7 p.m.