Broncos’ year ends in regional quarterfinals

Published 3:59 pm Friday, November 17, 2023

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The No. 5-seeded Franklin High School varsity football team fell 44-0 to host No. 4 William Campbell High School on Thursday, Nov. 9, in the Region 1B Tournament quarterfinals.

Broncos Head Coach Lamont Hill said the deciding factor in the loss was execution.

“We were missing some players, however at the end of the day, we failed to execute,” he said.

The loss ended the 2023 season for Franklin, which finished with an overall record of 4-7. Its record in the Tri-Rivers District was 2-4.

The Broncos struggled in the latter half of the season, going 0-5 — including the regional playoff game — and scoring an average of four points per game during that stretch.

In contrast, Franklin started the season 4-2, averaging 34.3 points across its four victories, which came against Colonial Beach High School, Windsor High School, Roanoke Catholic School and Surry County High School.

“We had our moments, good and bad,” Hill said as he evaluated the Broncos’ 2023 season. “I just don’t think we ever put it together as a unit consistently. We recognize our areas of opportunity, and now we must put in the work. Football season never truly ends.”

He noted that the ’23 squad was a “great group of kids, and it was a pleasure working with them and watching them grow.”

Franklin’s roster featured eight seniors who have now played their last football game with the Broncos. They are Kaden Bailey, Greyson Councill, Qwayshawn Gilliam, Cameron Moody, Anthony Morgan, Jaden Talley, Chaevon Torrance and Kevin Williams.