An exuberant week of Homecoming festivities at Franklin County High School led to an elegant grand finale on Friday, highlighted by a parade through Eastpoint and the crowning of the Homecoming King and Queen at halftime.
The Seahawks wrapped up the 2022 football season with a 47-7 loss to the Pataula Charter Academy Panthers, out of Edison, Georgia.
Presented at halftime was the Homecoming court, which included freshmen representatives Thamia Thomas and Eric Smith; sophomores Gracyn Paul and Garyson Millender, and Zoey Burkett and Preston Butler; and juniors Jostyn Tipton and Logan Bentley, Alexcia McNair and Ethan Kembro, and Taylor Mallon and Will Luberto.
Seniors on the court included Jaylan Prince and Mason Moses, Bobbie Pedrick and Ethan Shirley, Mya Brown and Parker Mock, Deanna Deloach and Colin Wefing, and Kelsey Martina and Chase Crum.
Their classmates voted Jaylan Prince and Mason Moses as the Homecoming Queen and King, and presenting the honors at halftime were last year’s queen, Saunti Turrell, and this year’s Mr. Seahawk, Owen Poloronis, who was standing in for last year’s king, Jamal Robinson, who is at boot camp with the Navy’s Recruit Training Command in Illinois.
The game wrapped up a 1-9 season for the Seahawks, as Franklin County fell behind early to Patuala, with the running clock engaged early in the first half.
The Seahawks managed a touchdown pass, as senior quarterback Evan Stanley, back on the field after missing the previous game with a concussion, connected with junior Brayden McCall. Senior Luis Ramirez nailed the extra point, finishing 8 of 10 for the season.
Stanley connected on 8 of 19 passes for 48 yards and two interceptions, while junior Alex Sterling was 1 for 4 for 29 yards.
The Seahawks rushed for 33 yards, most all of them on Stanley’s seven carries, while Millender gained two yards.
McCall caught three passes for nine yards, while Millender snared two passes for 12 yards, and Kembro two passes for 41 yards. Seniors Jaidyn Rhodes and Shirley each caught a pass, for 10 and 5 yards respectively.
McCall nailed four punts, for a 36-yard average. Junior Amontaye Austin had a 16-yard kickoff return, and McCall two for 13 yards.
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