Freshman Kaelin Ammons ushered in the coach Donny Walker era of Franklin County football in grand fashion, rushing for 130 yards and passing for another 123 as the Flyers defeated Grant County 26-14 Friday night.
It was the first win for the Flyers since the final game of the 2001 football season after they went winless in 10 games a year ago.
Racking up 253 of the Flyers' 290 yards, Ammons completed 10 of 25 passes in the sweltering heat on Benny Watkins Field. "I got really good blocking from my line and not all of my passes were that good," Ammons said, "but our receivers went up and got them anyway."
The turning point in the game, according to both Walker and Ammons, came in the first quarter when the Flyers stopped Grant County at the FCHS 1-yard line.
"That was the defining moment of the game," Walker said of the goal-line stand. "Our guys went out and did what they had to do."
From that point, Franklin County dominated the first half, taking the 7-0 lead on a two-yard run by senior Brad King and an extra-point kick by Justin Lumbard. After stopping Grant County's next drive at the 29-yard line, Ammons, sophomore Shane McDonald and junior Randy Mengal pieced together a nine-play, 63-yard drive that ended with an 18-yard pass from Ammons to McDonald and another Lumbard kick.
"It goes back to the goal-line stand," Ammons said. "If they'd have scored there, maybe we would have played a little more worried and maybe we wouldn't have had the success we had, but with that stop we had the confidence we needed."
On the Flyers' first drive of the second half, FCHS marched 70 yards, capped off by a 1-yard touchdown run by Mengal.
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