Broncos spoil Cougars’ homecoming with 46-26 win

Published 8:59 pm Thursday, October 12, 2023

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Franklin High School’s varsity football team won its third consecutive game by traveling to Surry County High School on Friday, Oct. 6, and earning a 46-26 victory.

Broncos Head Coach Lamont Hill called it “a great win for our program.”

He noted that it was Surry County’s homecoming, “so the atmosphere was just unbelievable. It was a hard-fought victory against a team that can put up points fast.”

On offense for Franklin, junior quarterback Altavis Turner went 3-for-8 passing for 121 yards and a touchdown, and he also carried the ball six times for 104 yards and two scores. Junior running back/wide receiver Travis Mabry Jr. finished with 4 carries for 79 yards and two touchdowns, to go with a catch for 11 yards. Junior running back Anthony Brown had four carries for 74 yards and a score, and senior wideout Kaden Bailey recorded a big 30-yard reception.

“Our offensive line did an excellent job of opening holes for our backs and providing a pocket for our quarterback,” Hill said.

Broncos senior wide receiver Chaevon Torrance hauled in an 80-yard touchdown catch, and he also ran for a 50-yard touchdown on defense via a fumble recovery.

“Defensively we had about nine guys with at least five tackles, to go along with three fumble recoveries, and one interception by sophomore Jordan Duck,” Hill said.

The coach said Friday’s 20-point victory was preceded by another great week of preparation from all involved at Franklin.

“The coaches put together a game plan, and the players executed,” he said.

The Broncos (4-2) host Brunswick High School (5-1) on Friday, Oct. 13, at 7 p.m. The Bulldogs will be entering the game a week removed from a 34-14 home victory over Southampton High School.

“We have to watch out for a strong running game from Brunswick,” Hill said. “I don’t think they get enough credit for the athletes that they produce, and they like to get physical. We have to match their intensity.”