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Person Sparks FHS Past Louisburg
TYREESE TO THE RESCUE. Franklinton's Tyreese Williams picks up yardage for the Red Rams during Friday's road victory at Louisburg. (Times photo by Geoff Neville)

LOUISBURG -- Playing on the field where his father was once a dominant force, Ricky Person, Jr., displayed the same prolific trait Friday night.

Just while wearing different colors.

The elder Person starred at Louisburg High School in the mid-90s and was the Capital Area Conference Player of the Year his senior campaign.

His son has shown a flair for the dramatic during his career at Franklinton, where he is only a sophomore -- but has already attracted the interest of several Division I schools.

Ricky Jr. had a huge night Friday in his first-ever game at Louisburg, rushing for 180 yards and four touchdowns on just 12 carries as the Red Rams routed the Warriors by a 56-7 total at Patterson Field.

The victory was the first of the campaign for FHS, which improved to 1-1. Louisburg is now 0-2 under new coach Dontae Lassiter.

Person, however, wasn't the only major producer on the offensive side of the ball for FHS. Teammate Tyreese Williams rushed for 118 yards, while quarterback Avery Wilder found Jivel Teasley for two receptions for 68 yards -- and a key touchdown.

Louisburg received 179 yards of total offense from Tyree Davis, but couldn't find the end zone after the first quarter of action.

LHS took the opening kickoff but quickly gave the ball to the Red Rams courtesy of an interception from Josiah Trotter, who returned the pick 22 yards to the Warriors' 13-yard line.

On the next snap, Person started up the middle before subtly switching to the left. Person then turned on the speed and raced up the sideline toward the end zone.

Jordan Vitale added the PAT, and would go on to finish 8-for-8 on the night for the Red Rams.

It didn't take long for the Warriors to respond. Just two plays later, Davis went around the right side on a jet sweep and found the end zone from 56 yards out.

Reed Wheless' PAT tied the score at 7-7 at the 7:15 mark of the first stanza.

Following a fumble recovery, Louisburg moved to the Franklinton 24, but were stopped on downs.

FHS then put together a quick drive that was capped by Wilder's perfect 57-yard strike to Teasley, who was wide open behind the Louisburg defense.

Following a Warriors' punt, Franklinton marched 79 yards in 10 plays, with Person finishing off the surge with a 24-yard touchdown spin-o-rama at the 6:08 mark of the second period.

A 66-yard pass from Malik Sidibeh to Octavius Scoggins put Louisburg inside the FHS 5, but a fourth-down toss sweep was sniffed out by Red Ram Amonte Moses on what would prove to be a pivotal play in the outing.

Two snaps later, Person got the outside and soared up the right side for a 73-yard bolt, and Franklinton was surging at 28-7 just 2:37 in front of intermission.

FHS received the opening kickoff to the second half and found the end zone five plays later off a Person 10-yard touchdown.

The Red Rams would finish with 447 total yards of offense -- 371 on the ground and 76 through the air.

Louisburg picked up 228 total yards.


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