FRANKLINTON -- After enjoying a strong start to the regular season, things haven't gone well for the Franklinton High School football team over the past three weeks.
The Red Rams opened with back-to-back victories, but have now dropped a trio of outings in a row, including a disappointing 56-14 home setback last Friday night against backyard rival South Granville in a non-conference gridiron showdown.
Depending on whether or not an earlier postponed game versus Rolesville is made up, this was the final matchup for the Red Rams (2-3) heading into Big East Conference action.
Franklinton's schedule certainly won't get any easier as, after a bye week, the Red Rams will kick off their league slate Oct. 11 on the road versus perennial powerhouse Rocky Mount.
At halftime against SG, the Red Rams trailed by only 21-14 after a hook-and-ladder play at the end of the second quarter resulted in an 89-yard touchdown reception for Anterious Williams.
Earlier in the opening half, Franklinton had scored on a rushing touchdown from Ja'vion Alston.
But the second half would belong to the Vikings, who outscored FHS 35-0 over that span and also outgained the Red Rams by a 226-17 total over the closing two quarters.
During that time, Franklinton ran 23 plays and only picked up those 17 yards.
South Granville delivered 485 total yards and featured a pair of century-mark rushers in Micah Wilkerson (152 yards and two touchdowns) and Khawan Bobbitt (131 yards and one touchdown).
All of the Vikings' yards came courtesy of the run.
FHS quarterback Lyeshon Parker completed 5-of-18 passes for 117 yards, with 89 of those coming on the TD pass to Williams.
Williams also paced Franklinton on the ground with 56 yards on 10 carries.
Pictured (Above): BACK TO PASS. Franklinton High School quarterback Lyeshon Parker delivers a pass for the Red Rams during last Friday's home setback against backyard foe South Granville. (Photo Submitted by Amanda Dixon)