LAWRENCEBURG - It's rare to find a coach as upset with a winning effort as Franklin County's Donny Walker was following his football team's 13-5 win over Anderson County Friday.
"I couldn't be more disappointed in the way our team conducted itself tonight," Walker said. "They lost their composure and in no way acted the way they've been coached and I'm not making an excuses for them."
With raucous fans supporting both teams, the homecoming game deteriorated in the moments before halftime when Franklin County junior Jay Moore intercepted a pass from Anderson County's Daniel Flora.
The interception was waved off by a personal foul against the Flyers, quickly followed by an unsportsmanlike call against the Bearcats. Over the next three quarters there were 25 penalties called, including numerous personal fouls, cheap shots and late hits. It was not uncommon to see as many as three flags thrown on one play. After offsetting penalties, FCHS was set back nearly 100 yards and Anderson County 60.
"Generally after the referees make a few of those calls, you see those types of penalties decrease, but tonight it just seemed to get worse," Walker said.
Franklin County took the lead early on a 45-yard touchdown sprint by freshman quarterback Kaelin Ammons and never trailed. In the game, Ammons had 114 yards on 12 carries and completed six of 15 passes for 57 yards.
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