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|Eagles drop fourth straight game|
Monday, October 7, 2013
ROANOKE -- Franklin County sliced a 15-point, second-quarter deficit to two points before falling 34-25 to Patrick Henry in a non-district varsity football game Friday night at Patriots Stadium-Merrill Gainer Field.
The Eagles (1-1 in the Piedmont District, 1-5 overall) suffered their fourth straight loss and are 1-8 in their last nine games dating to last year.
PH (4-2), a week removed from a 21-0 loss at home to Colonial Forge, trailed 6-0 before scoring 21 unanswered, second-quarter points.
FCHS accumulated 300 yards of offense, but committed three turnovers and missed two point-after-touchdown (PAT) tries.
Bradley Parcell put the Eagles ahead 6-0 when he found the end zone from three yards in the opening stanza.
Trailing 21-6, the Eagles closed the first half with a TD when Parcell, FCHS's quarterback, completed a 36-yard scoring pass to freshman Andrew Harris. A 2-point conversion try failed.
FCHS scored the only points of the third quarter, courtesy of a one-yard TD run by Harris, and Jonathan Saunders' successful PAT made the count 21-19.
Then, Trevor Mike, one of four Patriots to score a touchdown, netted his second score of the game to give PH a 28-19 lead.
An eight-yard TD run by Carlton Adams pulled the Eagles to within three, 28-25, before the Patriots converted one of FCHS's turnovers into their final points.
PH's victory is its second in as many years over the Eagles and its 30th in a 48-game series that dates to the 1970s.
FCHS's 25 points are the most the Eagles have scored since their 49-19 triumph over Piedmont District rival Bassett in the season's second week.
The Eagles returns to action Friday at home against Pulaski County for the third of four scheduled home games this season.
Kickoff is 7 p.m. at C.I. (Cy) Dillon Stadium-Fred M. Brown Memorial Field.
The Cougars compete in the multi-classification River Ridge District.
This season, the Eagles are 0-3 against teams from that league with setbacks to Salem, Christiansburg and PH.
It's the first meeting between the former Roanoke Valley District rivals since 2008.