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Bulldogs bite Cobras for district crown

DAILY LEADER / TRACY FISCHER / Wesson's defensive back Blake Burns (52) holds on to bring down Franklin County's Courtney Smith (21) Friday night in Meadville.

DAILY LEADER / TRACY FISCHER / Wesson’s defensive back Blake Burns (52) holds on to bring down Franklin County’s Courtney Smith (21) Friday night in Meadville.

MEADVILLE – The Wesson Cobras traveled down Highway 84 to Franklin County Friday night and were shut down by the Bulldogs as FCHS wrapped up their first division championship since 2006 in blue and gold with a 40-7 win over the Cobras.

“We never established anything offensively,” said Cobra coach Ronald Greer. “We missed some opportunities in the first half that could have given us some momentum.

“On defense we could not get off blocks, and we didn’t tackle very well,” he continued. “Coach Hart and his staff did a good job of preparing his team to win the region title. Now, we will need to bounce back this week to prepare for a Wilkinson County team that will be fighting for a playoff chance too.”

The first half of the game was owned by the Bulldogs with a score of 30-0 going into the halftime. Franklin County’s sophomore DeMartre Collins rushed for 147 yards on 11 carries and on runs of 60, 50 and 5 yards.

Bulldog’s Senior Michael White added a 69-yard punt return for a touchdown and Trinity Coleman finished four-of-four on extra point attempts. Franklin County also added a safety and got a 28-yard field goal from Trinity Coleman.

Franklin County came back after the half but was unable to make it to the end zone. They were close enough for Coleman to make a successful field goal attempt.

The Cobras battled back with a successful attempt when Dartavious Dixon caught a 37-yard pass from quarterback Tyler Christmas for a touchdown. Cobra Tre Fleming added the extra point putting seven on the board for Wesson.

Franklin County freshman Keonte’ Bee scored early in the fourth quarter and the Bulldogs’ held the Cobras the rest of the game. The game ended with a final score of 40-7.

Offensively. Wesson rushed 29 times for 139 yards. Passing was two for 13 for 42 yards totaling 233 yards. Leading rushers were Kendrick Brown with 12 carries for 31 yards. Dartavious Dixon caught a 37-yard touchdown pass.

Defensively, Kendrick Brown led the Cobras with 11 tackles, and Blake Burns provided seven tackles. Arthur Harris, Jamarcus Patterson and Tyler McLeod had six tackles each.

Danzel Allen powered the Bulldogs defensive attack with six tackles. Deanthony King contributed five tackles. Michael White provided four stops.

The win aided, with a 32-12 victory by Hazlehurst over Jefferson County, meant the Bulldogs collected their first district title since 2006, which was also the year the Bulldogs won the 3A State Championship.

The Wesson Cobras return home to host the Wilkinson County Wildcats next Friday night in Wesson, starting at 7 p.m. The Franklin County Bulldogs will welcome the Jefferson County Tigers to the town of Meadville for a 7 p.m. start.