The Franklin County Rebels beat the Grundy County Yellowjackets 34-0 on the road Friday for their second win of the season.
The Rebels took an early lead in the contest and pulled away in the second half while pitching a shutout on the defensive end for the blowout victory.
The Rebels got off to a strong start as they opened the game with a six-minute drive which ended with a short touchdown run from Na’Zaiyah Holman to make it a 7-0 game.
A mishandled snap on an attempted punt by the Yellowjackets to end their opening drive would give Franklin County excellent field position, and the Rebels quickly capitalized with Na’Zaiyah Holman running the ball into the end zone again to put the lead at 14-0 with 3:29 remaining in the first quarter.
The Rebels would make two more trips into enemy territory in the first half, but they would not be able to add to their lead as turnovers on downs would halt both drives.
They led 14-0 at halftime.
The Rebels would force Grundy County to punt on the first drive of the second half, but a muffed punt on the return would give the Yellowjackets the ball at Franklin County’s 40-yard line. However, the miscue would not lead to any points as Matthew Ratcliffe intercepted a pass to give the ball back to the Rebels.
After a couple more unsuccessful drives for both teams, the Rebels would break through for their third touchdown with Ke’Andre Johnson tossing a 23-yard scoring pass to NaShawn Holman. The score made it a 20-0 game with 3:45 remaining in the third quarter.
The Rebels would get another score before the end of the period as Eric Jones caught a short pass from Johnson and broke several tackles on his way to a long touchdown to put the lead at 26-0 with 1:40 left in the third quarter.
The final score of the day for the Rebels came from Eli Baggett as he carried the ball into the end zone with five minutes remaining in the contest. The snap on the ensuing extra-point attempt would be fumbled, but Johnson picked up the ball and ran it in for two points to make it a 34-0 game.
The Yellowjackets would come close to breaking up the shutout in the final seconds as they brought the ball down to Franklin County’s 8-yard line. However, the Rebels’ defense held strong on the last play to keep Grundy County off the board as time expired.
With the win, the Rebels improved to 2-4 on the season.
They will next play Friday at Lincoln County High School. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.