Lunenburg Central defeats Franklin in shootout
By Tony Clark
In a game that featured 741 combined rushing yards, 99 points and 28 penalties, the Chargers of Lunenburg Central outlasted the Franklin Broncos to earn a 57-42 victory in the second round of the state playoffs. Keaun Baskerville led the Chargers attack with 194 rushing yards on 22 attempts and scored four touchdowns. Deshawn Moore added 143 yards on the ground and two touchdowns. Malik Foster scored twice on the ground, rushing for 39 yards on four attempts.
The game was a back and forth scoring affair. Central scored the first touchdown of the game, but Franklin bounced right back. The Broncos held the lead after each of the first three quarters, but the Chargers scored 21 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to seal the victory. “It certainly was a high scoring game without much defense,” said Central’s head coach Will Thomas. “But our defense really stepped up when it counted. There should be no shame on the other sideline. They’re a really good team.”
The Chargers advance to the third round of the VHSL Region 1A East playoffs and will travel to Riverheads next Saturday.