Tallulah Academy pulls away in second half to beat Franklin

Published 4:34 pm Saturday, August 26, 2023

J.T.’s TDs led to a W for TA.

J.T. McDaniel scored three rushing touchdowns and added a fourth receiving, as Tallulah Academy soundly defeated Franklin Academy 52-14 on Friday.

McDaniel scored on runs of 5, 16 and 8 yards in the first half to help the Trojans build a 28-14 lead at halftime. He then caught a 47-yard touchdown pass from Hayes Hopkins in the third quarter as they pulled away. Tallulah Academy (2-1) scored 38 unanswered points after Franklin Academy (1-2) tied it 14-all in the second quarter.

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Gage Palmer scored two touchdowns for Tallulah, on a 15-yard run and a 10-yard pass from Hopkins. Palmer also caught a two-point conversion pass.

Brayson Morson scored on a 21-yard run for Tallulah’s other touchdown.

Tallulah bounced back from a 20-12 loss to Riverdale in its previous outing to get back in the win column. It’ll head up U.S. 65 next Friday, Sept. 1, for its MAIS District 2-1A opener against Briarfield Academy.