The Franklin County Rebels beat the Sequatchie County Indians 21-14 at home Friday for their fourth win of the season.
The contest came down to the wire with the Rebels scoring a tie-breaking touchdown in the final minute to cap off their third straight victory.
The Rebels forced a punt on their first defensive drive with a shanked kick giving their offense excellent field position. However, the ensuing possession would end in a turnover on downs at Sequatchie County’s 7-yard line.
The Rebels were then able to force another punt with returner NaShawn Holman fielding the kick at his team’s 31-yard line and running it all the way back for a touchdown to give Franklin County a 7-0 lead with three minutes remaining in the first quarter.
The Indians had their first sustained drive in the second quarter as they pushed deep into Franklin County’s territory before the Rebels forced a turnover on downs at their 28-yard line.
NaShawn Holman then seemingly broke off a 66-yard touchdown run for the Rebels, but the scoring run would be called back by a holding penalty. The drive would ultimately stall out at midfield as time expired in the second quarter.
The Rebels led 7-0 at halftime.
The Rebels got off to a fast start in the second half as a few long passes by Ke’Andre Johnson set up a five-yard touchdown by NaShawn Holman to put the lead at 14-0 less than three minutes into the third quarter.
The Indians answered back on their next possession as they capitalized on a short field from a long kick return to score their first touchdown of the day. The score made it a 14-6 game with seven minutes remaining in the third quarter.
The Rebels fumbled the ball away in their territory on their next drive, but the defense pushed Sequatchie County back to force another punt.
The Rebels moved the ball into enemy territory early in the fourth quarter, but a 35-yard field goal would not fall for them after the drive stalled.
The Indians came close to tying the game on their next possession as they brought the ball to Franklin County’s 10-yard line before the Rebels forced a turnover on downs with Matthew Ratcliffe coming up with the sack on fourth down.
The Rebels would fumble the ball away two plays later to give the Indians another chance inside the red zone.
The Rebels nearly made the defensive stop as a pass from the Indians on third down fell incomplete, but a pass-interference penalty would give the Indians a fresh set of downs, and they scored three plays later to tie the score at 14-14 with 2:42 remaining.
The Rebels had yet another touchdown called back by a penalty on their next drive as a holding call negated a scoring run from Manny Scott with 1:04 to play. However, the Rebels would not be stopped this time as NaShawn Holman took the ball into the end zone from 15 yards out to retake the lead with 37 seconds remaining.
The Rebels stonewalled the Indians on their final drive, forcing a turnover on downs in the final seconds to secure the seven-point win.
Johnson completed six passes for 66 yards and had eight carries for 25 yards.
Scott carried the ball 14 times for 96 yards. Eric Jones had nine carries for 85 yards and caught two passes for 40 yards.
NaShawn Holman had 40 rushing yards on nine carries and caught one pass for two yards. Mason Moore caught two passes for 29 yards.
With the win, the Rebels improved to 4-4 on the season.
They will next play Friday at home against Spring Hill High School. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.
The Rebels can clinch their first playoff berth since 2010 if they beat Spring Hill and if Lincoln County loses its game at Columbia Central on the same day.