By: Bradley Cole
North Henderson has been improving every week with a young quarterback in Kalin Ensley and a new head coach in Justin Clark. The offense has been making positive strides along with the defense.
However, the Knights (3-5, 1-3) took a minor step backwards on Friday night as North lost 26-14 to Franklin at home.
North started out sluggish as the Panthers picked up a fumbled ball just two minutes into the first quarter. Franklin used that to create a touchdown drive and took an early 7-0 lead over North. Although, Kalin Ensley and company would work their way down the field to eventually get seven points of their own when Ensley threw a 14-yard touchdown pass to Darren Lammons to put the two teams at a 7-7 tie.
With 3:08 left in the first quarter, Franklin found the endzone again with a sneaky 13-yard touchdown pass. A missed extra point by the Panthers made the score 13-7 with the slim advantage going to Franklin.
Franklin scored again early in the second quarter and their two-point conversion failed, which only put North down, 19-7.
North made a last minute effort to score a touchdown before halftime as the offense raced the down field, but a after what appeared to complete touchdown pass was called incomplete by the referees, the second quarter ended and Franklin went into the break with a 19-7 lead.
The second half started out on the quiet side for both teams until North’s Ensley rushed for an 8-yard touchdown to slim the Panthers’ lead to 19-14.
After the North defense picked up a fumble, Franklin quickly turned the tables with a 38-yard interception that was ran back for a touchdown to seal up Franklin’s 26-14 confernce victory.
“We still control our own destiny,” North head coach Justin Clark said on his team’s upcoming games.
The Knights have been making positive gains on both sides of the ball and will look forward to the rest of the season to improve Clark said.
North will now travel t0 Pisgah next week for another confernce matchup.