Freshman fullback Reid Davis rushed for four touchdowns Thursday in leading Franklin County’s junior varsity football team to a 28-26 non-district victory over Salem at C.I. (Cy) Dillon Stadium-Fred M. Brown Memorial Field.
The Eagles (2-0) also converted two point-after-touchdown (PAT) kicks and a 2-point conversion.
With the win, FCHS avenges one of its two setbacks from last year’s 7-2 campaign. It will have the opportunity to avenge that second loss later this season when it faces Lord Botetourt in a Blue Ridge District contest on the road.
FCHS led 15-7 at halftime and the two teams combined to score 32 points after intermission with Salem tallying 19 of those points.
Davis scored a TD in each quarter for the Eagles. His third-period score offset a Spartans’s score and enabled the Eagles to take a 22-13 edge.
The Spartans were within two points, 15-13, before Davis’ TD. Later, the visitors cut a nine-point deficit to three points, 22-19, with their second score of the second half as the third period reached its conclusion.
Following that second TD, FCHS stymied a Spartans’ 2-point conversion try that would have cut the spread to a point when linebacker Jahylen Lee sacked Salem’s quarterback.
Davis’ fourth-quarter TD run with 2:42 showing finished a drive that erased more than seven minutes from the clock and made the count 28-19.
The Spartans responded with their final score on a fourth and eight call as the with 58.1 seconds left.
From there, FCHS was able to recover an on-side kick and run out the clock.
Salem called its last time out during the Eagles’ final series of plays.
The Spartans (1-1) suffered their first loss of the season — they were a week removed from a 28-0 shut-out victory over Amherst County at home.
Davis’ initial TD and a successful 2-point conversion produced an 8-0 Eagles’ advantage.
The count was 8-7 when Davis found the end zone for the second time in the second stanza.
Besides shining on defense, Lee was able to gain significant yardage via the rush.
FCHS’s victory is its fourth in a row dating to last season. The win is FCHS’s 23rd in three-plus seasons.
Counting its preseason scrimmages against Bassett and Patrick Henry, FCHS completed a four-game home stand with the win.
The Eagles return to action Thursday against E.C. Glass. Kickoff in Lynchburg is 6:30 p.m.