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Franklin gets revenge, pops Cougars 34-3

Player's ankles shouldn't turn like Emanual  Hall's did last night (left photo).  The twist left Hall (84) going to the half-time locker room (right photo) on crutches with trainer Keely Burnham at his side. Becky Williams 
Centennial's Deon Sanders stretches for extra yardage as Franklin's Booth Page (42), Zach Orange (25) and Nick Hutchins (30) try to stop him.  The Franklin defense came up big in a 34-3 win over the Cougars, holding Sanders, the district's leading rusher, to less 60 yards. Becky Williams 
Some things you just don’t forget.
 
When Centennial captured the first win ever in their series with Franklin last year 42-10, it was a great motivator for the Cougars on their way to the second round of the play-offs in Class 5A.  
 
For the Rebels, it was a reason to circle the next Centennial game in bright red on the calendar.  And did they ever.
 
Joe Critchlow threw for 213 yards and three touchdowns and Nic Hardemon broke out for 110 yards rushing and a score as the Rebels (8-2, 4-2 District 11-AAA) man-handled Centennial (5-5, 3-3 District 11-AAA) 34-3 in the last regular season game of the year.
 
“I’m just so excited for these kids,” said Franklin coach Donnie Webb after the victory.  “You don’t know how many times in this off-season we did 42 push-ups, 42 sprints.  I’m so proud of these seniors.”
 
Franklin controlled the game from the outset, taking the opening drive 65-yards for a 27-yard field goal from Joe DeFatta before Critchlow sandwiched a 37-yard scoring toss to Parker Pinnell and a 43-yarder to Tony Flemister around Centennial’s only score of the night, a 20-yard Nick Madonia field goal, giving the Rebels a 21-3 lead at halftime.
 
Hardemon ripped off several big runs in the first half, behind an offensive line that opened huge holes.
 
“I can’t say enough about the offensive line,” said Webb.  “Our offensive coaches just did a great job and we had a fantastic offensive game plan.”
 
Webb was quick to acknowledge the defensive side of the ball, too, which held Centennial to just 125 total yards passing and rushing.  The biggest success was stopping the district’s leading rusher, Deon Sanders.  Sanders had over 1,400 yards rushing in just nine games; Franklin held him to 53-yards on 17 carries.
 
While Centennial could get nothing going in their favor, Franklin could seem to do no wrong.
 
Centennial's Deon Sanders stretches for extra yardage as Franklin's Booth Page (42), Zach Orange (25) and Nick Hutchins (30) try to stop him.  The Franklin defense came up big in a 34-3 win over the Cougars, holding Sanders, the district's leading rusher, to less 60 yards. Becky Williams 
Nick Madonia connected on this 20-yard field goal for Centennial's only points last night against Franklin.Becky Williams 
 
 
Following a 24-yard DeFatta field goal mid-way of the third quarter, Centennial ripped a nice runback of the kick-off.  But on the first play from scrimmage, Bailey Wisnowski pulled up on a jet sweep right, looking to throw.  He was hit by Jackson Michie, forcing a fumble that Austin Winstead picked up at the Cougar 32.
 
Three plays later, facing fourth and 1 at the CHS 23, Critchlow took the snap, turned, and dropped the ball, which bounced right back into his hands.  With the defense looking for the football or a sack, Ben Hagaman slid to the ten where Critchlow found him for a 23 yard touchdown and a 27-3 lead.
 
The Rebels final score came on a 10-play, 45 yard drive that took up nearly six minutes, overlapping the third and fourth quarter, capped by a two yard run by Hardemon.
 
The win should help improve seeding for the Rebels in the Class 6A play-offs. Franklin has two losses, both by one point to district rivals.  Depending on the outcome of other games across the state, the loss may well have knocked the Cougars out of a third straight trip to play-offs when brackets are announced Saturday morning.
 
















The offensive line drew high praise from Franklin coach
Donnie Webb following the Rebel's 34-3 win over Centennial.  
The group, including Benjy Woodward (far left),  Eric Dallman (75),
Ross Fellman (50), Francois Moolman (60) and Josh Butler
(far right, not pictured) opened huge holes all night that
keyed the victory.

Becky Williams 



The Franklin defense kept district leading rusher Deon Sanders (2) bottled up all night and bottled
up the Cougars' hopes in a 34-3 win.   Nick Huthins  (30) leads the way on this tackle, with
Josh Rohrer (21) and Booth Page (42) closing in to assist. 
Becky Williams




 

Posted on: 11/1/2013

 
 

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