Less than three minutes into the matchup between Franklin County and Western Hills, it looked like the night was going to belong to Wolverine running back John Keene.
But Kaelin Ammons, Shane McDonald and the Flyers had other ideas.
Trailing 14-0 just minutes into the game, the Flyers rallied for the next 27 points on their way to a 33-17 win Friday night in high school football action at Benny Watkins Field.
"Getting behind like that was tough," said McDonald, a sophomore receiver who caught four touchdown passes on the night. "We had to regain our confidence. The second score hurt, but all we could do was keep our focus. This was a big win for us, so we could get some bragging rights in town."
Keene broke a tackle on the opening kickoff and raced 90 yards for a score. The WHHS defense stopped the Flyers on the next series and on the Wolverines' first play from scrimmage, Keene got through the Flyer line, cut across the field and ran for a 67-yard touchdown.
Tyler Toncray added both point-afters and before the Flyers knew what hit them, they were down two touchdowns just 2:29 into the game.
"I don't know what to say about that," FCHS coach Donny Walker said of the deficit. "We had a bad week of practice and we needed to get our feet wet and play.
"The kickoff return, we didn't break down the tackle," Walker added. "We had guys who got their hands on him and he's a good, strong runner, but we didn't get low enough and bring him down. I basically challenged the kids at that point. I told them I was tired of spotting the other teams 14-21 points in the first quarter. Enough is enough."
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