CREEDMOOR — South Granville’s offense was ready to run away with the show, but Franklinton kept battling back before the Vikings were able to hold on for a wild 67-57 Northern Carolina 2A win Friday night.
The two teams are looking to challenge for the league championship, and both entered the league opener 5-1 overall.
South Granville never trailed and jumped ahead 48-21 midway in the third period, but Franklinton recovered two straight onside kicks and scored scored three touchdowns in five minutes to cut the lead to 48-42.
South Granville, which entered the game averaging 39.5 points per game, was able to tack on three more scores in the final quarter to grab the win.
Vikings junior running back Sean Bowman had a monster game with 396 yards rushing on 23 carries with touchdown runs of 5, 23 and 79 yards.
As a team the Vikings rushed for 472 yards and quarterback Matt McCutcheon threw for 182 yards and two touchdowns.
The third-quarter rally by the Rams started with a 93-yard kickoff return by Travon Judkins. The Rams then turned the recovered kicks into an 8-yard touchdown pass from Daquan Neal to Judkins and a 43-yard touchdown pass to Neal to Michael Waverly.
Franklinton still had a shot with 3:30 left, trailing 60-49 but turned the ball over on downs when South Granville defender Quenton King pulled down Neal on fourth-and-2 at the Rams’ 34-yard line.
South then scored on a 10-yard run by Greg McCalop to take a 67-49 lead before Franklinton got the final points on a 23-yard touchdown pass from Neal to Judkins with 37 seconds to play.
The teams combined for three touchdowns in the first 1:51. On Granville’s first play from scrimmage, McCutcheon threw a 58-yard touchdown pass to Craig Wilkie. Franklinton’s Shyheim Jones returned the following kickoff 84 yards for a score.
The Vikings answered with a 1-yard touchdown run by McCalop set up by a 54-yard run by Bowman.
South Granville plays at Southern Vance next week while Franklinton, which lost 33-32 to Corinth Holder last week, goes to Warren County.