AMAZING CATCH -- Franklinton's Ricky Person (left) makes a spectacular catch for the Red Rams during Friday's home football loss against the Bunn Wildcats. (Times photo by Geoff Neville)
FRANKLINTON -- David Howle's 199th career victory as Bunn High School's football coach was one to remember.
Not only were the visiting Wildcats able to defeat backyard rival Franklinton by a 47-19 margin, they were also to remain in the top spot in the Northern Carolina Conference heading into the final week of the regular season.
Bunn is now 8-2 overall and 4-0 in the NCC, and Howle can achieve a milestone 200th triumph next Friday at home against Warren County.
Franklinton slipped to 4-6 overall and 1-3 in conference action.
But the Red Rams were strong early and actually led the Wildcats before Bunn rallied in the second period.
BHS scored on its opening series thanks to a 5-yard touchdown run from Tevin Perry, but the Red Rams countered on their next possession when Ricky Person made an acrobatic 81-yard touchdown grab over two Bunn defenders.
Person struck again with another spectacular snare for 19 yards on the final play of the initial stanza.
Person's reception from Kyeon Spencer took the ball to the Bunn 6, and Spencer hooked up with Avery Wilder on the next play to give the Red Rams a 13-7 advantage just five ticks into the second period.
Bunn's next march appeared destined to end with a punt, but Quenten Wright took off on a fake for 59 yards all the way to the Franklinton 1-yard line.
Wright has helped turn three games around this season with a fake punt run for the Wildcats.
One snap later, Chris Bumpers dove into the end zone, and Bunn was ahead to stay at 14-13.
The Wildcats finished the half with touchdown plunges from Omar Rosa, the last of which came just 38 ticks before the break -- and after Rosa had ended a Franklinton drive with a fumble recovery.
Perry then all but wrapped up the triumph for Bunn by returning the opening kickoff of the second half 80 yards for an electrifying score.
Perry would close with 157 rushing yards on 22 attempts, while teammate Davonte Caldwell also topped the century mark with 103 yards on 10 totes.
BHS delivered 470 total yards, 462 of which came on the ground.
Franklinton picked up 337 total yards, including 224 through the air courtesy of Spencer, who completed 14 passes.