In Rocky Mount, Coach Chris Jones and the Franklin County Eagles hoped to put the memory of a 4 and 6 season in the rear view against an old nemesis, the Salem Spartans.
Franklin County was down 14 at halftime and tried to get back into it, but Salem was looking to close the door.
In the third quarter, Austin Coulling went deep to Isaiah Parker for a 45 yard connection across midfield. That set up Kyle Reighard's field goal attempt from 33 yards which split the uprights down the pike and the Spartans took a 17-0 lead.
The Eagles were still within range and Quarterback Braxton Wheeler rolled right and went deep but Devante Payne swooped by and picked it off for the interception. Salem then capitalized Coulling finds Tyler Gladden over the middle for the first down completion. On the same drive, the first play of the fourth quarter, it was Coulling with the play action and hit Parker again this time from 34 yards out. That was another touchdown as Salem takes a 24-point lead in the fourth.
The Spartans just kept pouring it on. Fourth and goal from the nine, the pitch to Chandler Hunt who swept left and found the house for six more. It was all Salem from start to finish as the Spartans shut out Franklin County 38-0.
Stephen Magenbauer, Salem Head Coach: "They're about our team. They're not about where they're playing or what they're stats are. They're about our team. I knew they would go out and play hard for each other and regardless of what happens you're going to play hard and be in it. You're going to enjoy coaching them too and that's the way it was tonight."