Soccer claims rebound wins over Panthers

by Sean Dunlap

Franklin County High School’s varsity soccer programs bounced back from early-season losses to Ridgeland in the Ben Yarbrough Kickoff Classic to upend Brookhaven at home on Tuesday, Nov. 2.


The Lady Bulldogs scored a goal in the first half and another in the second half to claim a 2-1 win over the Lady Panthers last week.

Kaitlyn Fussell recorded FC’s first goal in the contest while collecting two shots on goal.

Ashlynn O’Quinn picked up the game-winning goal for the Lady Dawgs thanks to a timely assist from Kayleigh Bolt after the mid-game break.

O’Quinn had two of her team’s eight shots on goal in the victory while Bolt also had two and Morgan Laird and Karlee Wallace recorded one each.

Goalkeeper Katherine Romero went the 80-minutes distance and earned the win in front of the net thanks to three key saves against Ole Brook.

Defensively, Ali Bolt led the way with 11 stops and Brooklyn Cupit, Wallace and Kayleigh Bolt accounted for eight each when the dust settled.

FC’s O’Quinn and Amberly Wallace collected seven stops apiece with Lilly Hutto, Kayleigh Foy and Fussell finishing with six each against the Lady Panthers.

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Landon Furlow paced the Franklin County effort with two goals to drive the Bulldogs to a 2-1 win over Ole Brook last week.

In all, Furlow had six shots in the contest with four shots on goal to pace the FC offensive effort.

His first goal came thanks to a cross from Jamari Tolliver — who was credited with the assist, and Drew Mullins provided a cross feed late in the outing to assist Furlow in finding his team’s second goal on the night.

Mullins was cited as having a game-winning assist on the team stats sheet.

Tolliver and Kolby Cox each had two shots on goal for the Bulldogs while teammate Nathan Griffin collected one in the victory.

Additionally, Tolliver, who started the game as goalkeeper, moved onto the field after previously injured keeper Dakota Chisholm was able to enter the game.

The duo combined for seven saves against the Panthers as Tolliver accounted for three of those in the first half and Chisholm had four while surrendering only one goal during his time in front of the net.

Defensively, Zachary Kent had a stellar night with a team-high 14 stops — which was just shy of 20 percent of all his team’s 77 total steals in the contest.

Colton Shaw, Kennon Johnson and Cox also excelled on defense with eight stops each while Ethan Touchstone and Terrence Fields collected seven apiece.

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The Soccer Dawgs were slated to travel to Hattiesburg on Tuesday, Nov. 9, but results of those contests were not available at press time.

The teams were slated to return home on Thursday, Nov. 11 with a match-up against Lawrence County, and will play Hazlehurst in district contests after Thanksgiving on Monday, Nov. 29.

FC is set to travel to North Pike on Tuesday, Nov. 30.