During the preseason, Franklinton football coach Jeremy Buck held a competitive three-player audition to determine the Red Rams’ starting quarterback.
It looks like Buck made the right decision.
Senior Rondez Taylor, a converted wide receiver, threw a pair of touchdowns and ran for three more as host Franklinton overcame an early deficit to rally past rival Louisburg 39-23.
The Red Reds, now 2-0, trailed 14-0 less than six minutes in before clawing back -- a quest that began when Taylor found Dillon Sykora on a 16-yard, fourth-down scoring pass with 3:08 remaining in the first quarter.
But FHS didn’t move ahead until Taylor threw across his body to Yush Smith in the end zone for an 8-yard touchdown at the 2:48 mark of the third frame.
Louisburg (1-1) countered with a deep drive that was vanquished when Red Ram Jivel Teasley intercepted a pass in the end zone.
Franklinton would tack two late scores to finish off the victory.
Freshman Ricky Person, Jr., one of the three candidates to claim the FHS starting signal-caller spot, ended up at running back after Taylor won the job.
Person had a huge night for the Red Rams. Ironically, his father was a star at Louisburg and was the Player of the Year for the old Capital Area Conference in 1996.
Louisburg got off to a solid start, scoring touchdowns on its first two drives on runs from Jeru Dubose.
But as the contest went on, Franklinton's depth -- and Louisburg's lack of it -- helped shift the momentum in the Red Rams' favor.