The Franklin County Seahawks notched their first regular season win Friday night, thanks to two extra-point kicks that spoiled the Vernon Yellowjackets’ Senior Night with a hard-fought 14-12 victory.
The Yellowjackets scored first, at the 10-minute mark of the first quarter. With Franklin County facing a third-and-9 on the Vernon 35, a pitchout from senior quarterback Evan Stanley to sophomore running back Ta’marion Carr went awry, and Vernon scooped it up and ran it back for a score.
The extra point try was no good, and the score remained 6-0 until late in the first half when a 22-yard pass to senior Mason Moses put the Seahawks deep in Vernon territory. Stanley then hit junior Amontaye Austin on a 15-yard pass for a touchdown.
Senior Luis Ramirez nailed the extra point and Franklin County led 7-6 going into the locker room.
In the third quarter, each team scored, both on touchdown passes.
Stanley connected with senior Jayden Rhodes on a 37-yard scoring strike, and Ramirez again sent the pigskin through the uprights for a narrow 14-12 that would hold through the fourth quarter.
“The kids played well,” said coach Dirk Strunk. “We still turned the ball over too much. But I am proud of how our kids responded to adversity.”
Carr eclipsed the 100-yard mark on the ground, as he carried the ball 26 times for 120 yards, his longest an 18-yard jaunt.
Junior Brayden McCall ran the ball twice for 19 yards, accumulated on rushes of 5 and 14 yards.
Stanley rushed 10 times for 43 yards, and sophomore Garyson Millender three times for 7 yards.
McCall caught three passes for 21 yards, with Moses, Austin and Rhodes each bringing in one.
Stanley was 6 for 18 in the air, for 95 yards and two touchdowns. He threw two interceptions and fumbled twice.
On the defensive side of the ball, senior Ethan Shirley had two interceptions and one blocked field goal.
Freshman Eric Smith led with eight tackles, two of them solo; followed by six for Moses, one of them sol;, five for junior Terry Proctor, one of them solo; and four for Millender, one of them solo.
Junior Will Chipman had three tackles.
The Seahawks are home Friday night, Sept. 9 against Jay, who are 1-1 after downing Freeport 24-15 Friday night.
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