PARIS - In a must-win game Friday night, Franklin County's football team lost quarterback Kaelin Ammons early in the first quarter.
But with a stingy defense and Jay Moore filling in admirably at quarterback, the Flyers defeated Bourbon County 21-16, securing a winning season and most likely a playoff spot.
"Defense won the game for us," FCHS coach Donny Walker said. "They carried us all night long. We had a defensive score for the first time this year, and that made the difference."
Ammons left the game with an injured shoulder/collarbone after FCHS had run just five plays, and the game was scoreless after the first quarter.
But the Flyers were driving as the quarter ended, and with 11 minutes left in the second period Moore threw a five-yard touchdown pass to Michael Gearhart. Kurt Jewell kicked the extra point, and FCHS led 7-0.
"I got in one game, against Grant County, and that's the only time I've been in a varsity game," Moore said. "Kaelin, that's some big shoes to fill. When I got in I was nervous at first, but then I calmed down and reacted to the play."
"He (Jay) took us down and scored in his first series," Walker said. "He threw some good balls, and he needed some game experience."
The Colonels, behind the running of Robert Christopher, scored on the next series. Christopher capped the drive with a five-yard touchdown run, but he was stopped on the conversion attempt, leaving the Flyers ahead 7-6 with 8:23 remaining in the half.
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