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Bulldogs overpower Jefferson County

MEADVILLE – Bernard Selmon scored his 13th and 14th touchdowns of the season as Franklin County collected a 28-16 win over rival Jefferson County to go undefeated in the powerful Region 7-3A.

“We are extremely glad to be playing next week in the playoffs,” said Franklin County coach Anthony Hart. “The guys have worked really hard all season long to have a shot at the postseason. I am very pleased with the guys’ and assistant coaches’ efforts. We did a great job finishing the season strong, and we are looking forward to the postseason.”

FCHS finished the season as Region 7-3A champs and will host Forest in the opening round of the Class 3A playoffs Friday night, starting at 7 p.m. in Meadville’s Louie Mullins Memorial Stadium.

The Bulldogs were highlighted by big plays on defense by linebacker Chris O’Quinn, who collected 16 tackles and an interception. Michael White added 11 hits and a fumble recovery.

Marquis Hunt contributed nine tackles. Ryan Johnson provided eight stops. Deanthony King and Graham Cowart had seven tackles apiece.

Franklin County’s senior defensive back Danzel Allen also had seven tackles and picked off two interceptions, which includes taking one in for a touchdown from 33 yards out.

Selmon, the Bulldogs senior running back, scored on runs of one and three yards to keep FC ahead in a tight contest. He finished the contest with 24 rushes for 75 yards

With the win, the Bulldogs collected an undefeated mark in the division for the first time since 2006.