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Offense stalls for Red Rams in first loss of the season

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FRANKLINTON ⁠— Franklinton's football team only scored one touchdown in their 23-10 loss to South Johnston at home Friday night. The Red Rams started off the night on the right track. Lye'Shon Parker intercepted a pass and took it 70 yards for the first score of the evening less than five minutes into the contest. After that, Javion Alston picked off a pass for Franklinton less than three minutes later. No matter what Franklinton's defense did, the offense could not capitalize. The Red Rams only scored three points off a 28-yard field goal in the second quarter. After that, Franklinton gave up 23 unanswered points and South Johnston ran away with the victory. Franklinton head coach Jimmy Williams said the lack of offense was due to the offensive line not executing their blocks to help out a first-time starter at both quarterback and running back. "Our offensive line was the biggest problem tonight," Williams said. "We started a young tailback and a young quarterback and the offensive line didn't step up to help them. We're just not a good offensive football team right now."

South Johnston scored off a 45-yard fumble recovery to cut the deficit to 10-6. In the third quarter, the Trojans scored off two rushing touchdowns to take the lead and then extend it to 20-10 with one minute left in the period. It seemed as if Franklinton took momentum back to their side after Joseph Murray picked off an interception for the Red Rams. However, just like the rest of the night, Franklinton couldn't capitalize off their turnovers. South Johnston tacked on a 32-yard field goal with 4:23 left in the game. After that, the defense held off the Red Rams and the Trojans won their first game of the season 23-10, while handing Franklinton their first loss of the year. At 2-1 overall, Franklinton will try to regroup and improve their offense before they take on Southern Lee on the road Friday Sept. 20 at 7 p.m. When asked after the game what the team needs to work on the most, Williams kept his answer very brief. "It would be nice to get first downs," Williams said. "That's it."