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FHS Sports: Warrior Football Pounds Hunterdon Central For First Win, 35-14

FHS Warrior Tahj Hyman crosses the end zone after catching a bill tipped by a Hunterdon Central defended in the Oct. 4 game.

A strong defense and some timely big runs powered the Franklin High School Warrior football team over Hunterdon Central, 35-14.

The Warriors picked up their first win of the season with its biggest scoring game.

The Hunterdon Red Devils took a quick lead in the first minute of the game, after a 74-yard touchdown run on the first play of the game.

The Warriors struck back early in the second quarter with an 11-yard run by Kevon Gordon.

The Warriors took the lead with 12 seconds left in the first half on a 36-yard pass from Gordon to Tahj Hyman on the 1-yard line. The ball was tipped by a Red Devil defender, but right into Hyman’s arms.

The play was set up by the Warriors recovering a Red Devils fumble, one of several during the night.

The Warriors increased their lead to 21-7 on the first play of the second half. Starting at their own 32 yard line, Gordon couldn’t handle a high snap.

The ball went over his head, but was quickly snapped up on the bounce by Donnelle McQuilla, who turned and scampered down the far sideline 68 yards for the touchdown. It looked like he was going to be stopped at the 10, but McQuilla made a quick move past the Hunterdon defender and into the end zone.

Franklin sealed the win with two touchdowns in the fourth quarter. The first came on a 50-yard run by McQuilla with little more than three minutes left in the game, and the final on a one-yard dive into the end zone by Kevin Millman with 1:41 left in the game.

With the win, Franklin improves to 1-4 on the season. Their next game is Oct. 11, at Ridge High School.

Here are some scenes from the game:

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