NICHOLASVILLE - By the time Franklin County's football team realized it was able compete with the East Jessamine Jaguars, the game was already out of reach.
The opening kickoff of the game was fumbled by FCHS and returned by Steven Isaacs for 30 yards for a touchdown, putting the Flyers in an early hole. On East's following possession the Jags answered on a 30-yard run by Wes Coleman. Follow that up with a 35-yard field goal by Evan Perdue and just like that FCHS was down 17-0 with just under six minutes in the first quarter Friday.
With his team in a bit of shock, FCHS coach Donny Walker said his team, which lost 45-12, "dug itself a hole."
FCHS was still able to respond. With 2:39 left in the first quarter freshman quarterback Kaelin Ammons connected with running back Brad King for a 20-yard touchdown to narrow the score to 17-6.
However, EJHS extended the lead on its following possession. Starting on their own 41-yard line, the Jags controlled the tempo with their running game and marched 59 yards on seven plays to score on a five-yard touchdown run by Jason Fox, widening its lead to 24-6.
The Flyers would still attempt to put the heat on EJHS in the second quarter. Starting on their own 21-yard line, a facemask penalty moved them back 10 yards, and the Franklin County defense stepped up. Forcing EJHS to punt on fourth and 28, the Flyers defense came up big on a blocked punt at the 19-yard line and recovered the ball on the 21-yard line.
Another facemask penalty by East moved the ball up to the 11-yard line. And on first and 10 Ammons came up big and on a quarterback keeper he dodged defenders and weaved his way into the end zone to narrow the lead to 24-12.
The Flyers, however, missed its second two-point conversion of the half as Ammons' pass was intercepted.
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