The Essex Trojans varsity football team hosted the Franklin Broncos on Friday, August 31. The weather (lightning) caused the game to be postponed and continued Monday September 3. The Broncos received the ball first and droved down the field to score to make it (0-7). The visitors scored again with 3:43 left in the first quarter and a (0-12) lead. The Trojans turned the ball over early in the second quarter and the Broncos scored again to go up (0-18). With 9:03 left in the half, they found the endzone again to be ahead (0-26). A storm passed by the school and the teams were taken off the field with 1:49 to play in the half. There’s a 30-minute wait whenever the officials see a lightning strike and an additional 30 minutes for each subsequent strike. The team waited about 2 hours but there was a break in the storm, so the decision was made to finish the game on Monday at 1p.m. Head Coach Todd Jones said, “I didn’t have the team prepared and we didn’t play well Friday. We have to keep to the basics and not try to over load the players for the next game.” The Trojans completed a pass to cross the fifty then Kevin “KJ” Dameron went up the middle then to the right sideline for a touchdown to cut into the lead (8-26). The home team got the ball to start the third quarter and drove down the field. A fumble inside the 10-yard line gave the ball to the visitors. The Broncos put the ball on the ground the next play and the Trojans recovered it. Ashton Ashlock hit Antwain Greene in the endzone to make it (16-26) with 4:02 left in the third. The Broncos scored to make it (16-32) at the end of the third; their running back got away from the defense again in the fourth to make it (16-40). KJ Dameron went around the right side for a 21yd touchdown to make the final score (22-40). Head Coach Todd Jones stated, “Franklin is a good team; they did a great job. It’s an attitude, good teams have to get through adversity, and that’s what we have to do. We were to far behind today; we have young players that need time and experience on the field.” Essex will play at King William on Friday, September 7.