Somerset, N.J. -- The Franklin High School varsity football team never gave up and came back to beat Edison, 7-6, at Middlebush Park in Somerset.
Running back Quasim Ashford scored on an 8-yard rush with 1:38 to go to tie the game for Franklin and Fehr Lujan made the all important PAT to take the lead.
On the 2nd-and-goal play, Ashford, who took a handoff and started up the middle, found no space. So, he used his vision and bounced the run to the left and scooted into the end zone.
The touchdown capped an eight-play drive that started in Edison territory.
“We played as a team. Each player did their job and did it well,” said Warriors coach John Paczkowski.
Edison got the ball back and started driving down the field, but Franklin didn’t let up on defense. On 4th-and-10 from the Franklin 40-yard line, Da Shawn Parks-Clark intercepted a Matt Yascko pass and returned it down to the Eagles’ 24-yard line.
Franklin would turn the ball over on downs, but the clock ran out on Edison on its ensuing drive.
The visiting Eagles found paydirt first in the second quarter when Yascko found Kassan Jordan for a 6-yard touchdown pass. Parks-Clark blocked the extra point to keep Edison to six points.
“We easily could have quit, but as a team they refused,” Paczkowski said.
The game marked the season opener for both teams a month later due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Edison fell to 0-1 with the loss while Franklin moved to 1-0.
Franklin has an open date next week as its original opponent, Piscataway, opted to cancel fall sports. In turn, the Warriors’ next game will be on Friday, Oct. 16, at Sayreville at 7:00 p.m.
Ironically, Edison faces Sayreville next Friday night.
“With everything going wrong in the world the players on the Franklin football team made it right,” Paczkowski said. “If only for a few hours, the players made it right. I’m very proud of them.”
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