The fact that the 2021 Seahawk football season is a rebuilding year was in evidence Friday night, as Franklin County fell 35-7 at home to the Rocky Bayou Christian Knights.
A promising opening drive by the Seahawks was stymied by penalties, and after Franklin County turned it over on down at midfield, and contained the Knight attack, Rocky Bayou finally got on the scoreboard right as the quarter ended.
Senior Larry Winchester's 30-yard kickoff return to midfield got Seahawks fans on their feet, egged on by the enthusiastic game-calling by announcer Torey Blackman.
Junior quarterback Evan Stanley,, who finished the night completing 8 of 23 passes for 98 yards and two interceptions, drove the Seahawks to the Knights' 26-yard-line, but they could get no further.
Later in the second the Knights would complete a 30-yard touchdown pass play, and then with seconds remaining in the half, a 15-yard aerial score, to go into the locker rooms with a 21-7 lead.
Two rushing touchdowns in the third quarter would give the Knights their 35 points.
An 11-yard-run by senior Wil Varnes with 5:29 left in the game, followed by an extra point by sophomore Gideon Dively, would gives the Seahawks their only score of the night.
Varnes ended up with three rushes for 21 yards, while Stanley ran six times for 24 yards, sophomore Brayden McCall one time for 22 yards, and Winchester one time for eight yards.
Junior Wyatt Abercrombie caught three passes for 58 yards, his longest a 43-yard play. Varnes caught the pigskin twice, for 22 yards, while sophomore Cody Abercrombie grabbed one aerial for 11 yards. In all the team rushed for 72 yards.
Cody Abercrombie led the team with seven solo tackles and two assists, including one sack, while Winchester tallied five stops and three assists.
This Friday night, the Seahawks' Homecoming crowd will welcome Aucilla Christian for a 7 p.m. start.