Franklin County boys played two tough games last week, downing Taylor County and falling to Marianna.
In an away match in Perry Jan. 13, the Seahawks defeated Taylor County 4-2, with sophomore Gideon Dively scoring all four goals, putting him close to 30 for the season.
“We were missing some starters defensively, and a lot of our guys played out of their normal positions, but really flourished in their new roles,” said coach Bill McCullough. “I am incredibly encouraged by the way we played both offensively and defensively.”
On Jan. 17 at Marianna, the Seahawks
Franklin County Boys soccer traveled to Marianna High School and fell to the Bulldogs 3-1.
“Marianna is one of those teams that is very deceiving. We knew that they would be well-coached and have some talented players but their record has some holes in it, very similar to ours,” said McCullough. “They have had injury issues and other roster difficulties that have caused some misleading final scores.
“They are a very strong group that have been playing together for a long time, and this showed most clearly in their passing,” he said. “I was very impressed with their on-field communication and their ability to pass the ball crisply.”
Franklin County struggled to move the ball in the midfield. “We were missing two starters and this caused us to play an entire 80-minute game with only one sub,” said McCullough. “This really hurts in the latter stages of the game, when the guys start feeling the game in their legs.”
Dively scored on what his coach described as “a beautiful, bending shot from about 25 yards out.
“Despite scoring three goals, Marianna did not overmatch goalkeeper Garyson Millender,” said McCullough. “He has continued to get better every single week. I have to remind myself that he is just a freshman sometimes. He is just making plays that freshmen do not make regularly.
On Friday, the Seahawks close out their season at home with Senior Night, as they host Gadsden County. The district tournament at Port St. Joe begins next Thursday for the girls and Friday for the boys.