FRANKLIN 56, CRAIG COUNTY 9
Marcus Stephens ran for 91 yards and a touchdown to lead a balanced ground game in the top-seeded Broncos' win at Armory Field in the first round of the Eastern Section Division 1 playoffs.
Franklin will return home next week to play No. 9 Covington, which beat No. 8 Rappahannock 51-28 in Warsaw.
Franklin (11-0) ran for 252 yards on 18 carries, and six players ran for a score. Laqadric Pittman returned an interception 25 yards for a score and also threw a 30-yard scoring pass to Corey Porter.
Craig County (3-7) scored three points in the first quarter and six in the fourth.
Craig County 3,0,0,6 — 9
Franklin 21,21,7,7 — 56
F: Laqadric Pittman 25 interception return (Angel Padilla kick)
F: Harry Warren 3 run (Padilla kick)
CC: FG Lee 33
F: Marcus Stephens 77 run (Padilla kick)
F: Latrell Lane 30 run (Lane run)
F: Corey Porter 30 pass from Pittman (Padilla kick)
F: Alison Cromwell 55 run (Padilla kick)
F: Javonte Baker 4 run (Padilla kick)
CC: Bryant 1 pass from Dunbar (kick blocked)
TEAM STATS CC F
First downs 8 14
Rushes-yards 29-42 18-252
Passing yards 78 100
Comp-Att-Int 5-11-2 3-3-0
Punts-avg. 1-17 0-0
Penalties-yards 4-21 12-111
Fumbles-lost 2-1 0-0
SUSSEX CENTRAL 14, BATH COUNTY 10
No. 2 seed Sussex Central advanced in the Division 1 playoffs, rallying at home.
Sussex will remain at home to face No. 7 Parry McCluer, which beat No. 10 Charles City 33-7, next week in the second round.
Bath County, seeded 15th with a 3-7 record, led until the fourth quarter when Tyron Hill completed a 6-yard pass to Darian Curley for the winning touchdown.
Curley had 15 rushes for 46 yards and two touchdowns for Sussex.
Hill, a freshman quarterback, went 7-for-10 for 103 passing yards in his first playoff appearance.
Bath 7,3,0,0 — 10
Sussex 0,8,0,6 — 14
Bath: B. Wolfe 19 run (Deaner kick)
Suss: D. Curley 5 run (D. Curley pass from Hill)
Bath: FG Wolfe 22
Suss: D. Curley 6 pass from Hill (run failed)
TEAM STATS Bath Suss
First downs 10 7
Rushes-yards 41-203 29-71
Passing yards 19 103
Comp-Att-Int 3-11-0 7-10-0
Punts-avg. 3-33 3-44.5
Penalties-yards 7-68 9-68
fUmbles-lost 2-1 5-3