The Franklin County Rebels lost to the Page Patriots 32-15 at home Friday for their fourth loss of the season.
The game was tied at halftime and the Rebels stayed within seven points through the end of the third quarter, but the Patriots would pull away in the final period of the regional matchup.
The first quarter was quiet for both offenses with neither team able to put up any points. The Rebels moved the ball into enemy territory in the early stages of the game, but the drive would stall with a turnover on downs at Page’s 31-yard line.
The Patriots would break the scoreless tie with about five minutes remaining in the first half with a touchdown pass and a two-point conversion to make it an 8-0 game.
After the Rebels punted the ball away, their defense would get the ball right back as Ke’Andre Johnson intercepted a pass to give Franklin County the ball at midfield.
The Rebels would capitalize a few plays later as Johnson connected with LT Taylor on a 33-yard touchdown pass, and NaShawn Holman added a two-point conversion to tie the score with 51 seconds left in the half.
The score was tied at 8-8 at halftime.
The Patriots scored on consecutive drives in the third quarter as two long touchdown passes gave them a 22-8 edge with 2:35 remaining in the period.
The Rebels responded with a quick drive down the field which ended with a short touchdown run from Manny Scott to make it a 22-15 game in the final seconds of the third quarter.
However, the Patriots would strike back with another touchdown pass to bring the deficit back up to 14 points with 10:35 remaining.
The Rebels would get the ball to midfield later in the period, but a pass on fourth-and-long would be batted away and fall incomplete for a turnover on downs.
The Patriots would tack on a 32-yard field goal to make it a three-score game with less than two minutes remaining, and the Rebels would not be able to score again as they lost by 17.
With the loss, the Rebels moved to 1-4 on the season and 0-2 in regional play.
They will next play Friday at Grundy County High School. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.