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Bell defeats Franklin County for first win of season

By Matthew Harrell
In their third game of the regular season, the Bulldogs finally accomplished the two big things they had not accomplished this season: Score a touchdown and win a game.
The Bulldogs entered the game as 20-point underdogs to the Franklin County Seahawks Friday night, but they took an 8-0 lead just before the half and never lost that lead en route to a 20-13 win.
“Tonight was big. We had to stop the bleeding,” said Head Coach Joey Whittington. “We weren’t playing very well. We challenged the boys this week and made a few adjustments; defensively: schematically, offensively: a little bit of scheme, a little bit of personnel and the boys took to it. They came out and played their butts off, and that’s all we’ve ever asked from them and we got it tonight.”
The game was scoreless for the first 20 minutes of game time before Mitchell Moore took a pass from Johnathon Walls 40 yards to the end zone to give the Bulldogs their first score and first lead of the season. A successful two-point conversion gave Bell an 8-0 lead late in the first half.
Franklin County would cut the deficit late in the fourth quarter as Rufus Townsend scored on the ground, but the Seahawks two-point conversion was unsuccessful, keeping the score 8-6.
Bell returned the ensuing kickoff to the Franklin County 13-yard line, but turned the ball over on downs.
The Bulldogs would score later in the fourth quarter when Johnathon Walls ran in the first of his two rushing touchdowns to give Bell a 14-6 lead. The Bulldogs recovered the ensuing kickoff and scored again on Walls’ second rushing score to extend their lead to 20-6.
Franklin County would score through the air to make it a 20-13 game with 2:36 remaining in the game, but failed to recover the onside kick and Bell ran out the clock for a 20-13 win.
The Bulldogs are 1-2 on the season and travel to Hawthorne this week to face the Hornets.
Hawthorne is 3-0 on the season after defeating P.K. Yonge last week, 51-19.
“I just want to see us continue to grow from this,” Whittington said. “Hawthorne’s a very good football team; they’re scoring points all over the place. It’s going to be a tough one for us, but I just want us to keep progressing from what we did tonight and take it into next week.”

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