Week 5

Football: Indy rallies for OT win against Franklin

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Football - Centennial at Independence - Week 3

Ethan Cash 

THOMPSON'S STATION — Independence refused to allow its homecoming to be spoiled Friday night, fighting back from a halftime deficit to earn a 28-27 overtime win against Region 6-6A rival Franklin.

With the game tied in overtime, quarterback Ethan Cash found Jaxson Campbell over the middle, but the pass fell incomplete. The Eagles ran the same play on second down, and the two connected for the go-ahead touchdown. Sam Henke drove the extra point through the uprights to give the hosts the lead.

Defensively, the Eagles forced a fourth-and-goal from the 7-yard line, but Franklin punched it in with workhorse running back Guy Lipscomb.

Rather than kick the extra point and play another OT period, the Rebels elected to attempt a 2-point conversion, but quarterback Joshua Nichols’ pass was too high for the intended target.

Homecoming week can take a toll on high school students with float-building and dress-up days, but Independence found a way to fight through the distractions. Cash threw an uncharacteristic interception on the game’s first drive, but the Eagles’ defense forced a punt on the short field. Cash then orchestrated a 12-play, 91-yard drive, capping it with a 9-yard touchdown run himself.

Franklin answered on the ensuing drive with a 5-play, 70-yard drive, culminating with the first of two Lipscomb touchdown runs. Lipscomb ran 17 times for 104 yards and two scores to lead all rushers. He caught three passes for 37 yards as well for his team.

The Rebels added another touchdown before halftime, taking a 14-7 lead to the break.

“We came out in the beginning of the game a little lackadaisical,” Eagles’ head coach Scott Blade said. “We’ve always said that if we’re going to be successful it will take everything we have every week. Sometimes it’s hard after an emotional, big win like last week (vs. Blackman) and homecoming, too. No excuses, though. Franklin had a good game plan, and they played inspired football.

“We were lucky to sneak away with a win.”

The Rebels were focused defensively on not giving up big plays, and they held the Eagles to short completions, though the receivers were able to break free at times. Leading receiver Campbell had a Julian Edelman-esque performance with 13 catches for 168 yards and the go-ahead touchdown in overtime.

“Their game plan was not to let us get the 'home run' ball, so (Cash) did a good job looking off receivers and finding the open guy underneath,” Campbell said.

Blade added, “The story of our offense is to find what they want to give us and take advantage of it. We ran the ball well at times and the short passing game was effective.”

Cash finished 30-of-45 for 340 yards and a touchdown with two interceptions, both by Lipscomb. He ran for 53 yards on 16 carries and three scores, however, to lead the Eagles on the ground as well. The game-tying score from five yards out was a big boost for the Eagles.

“We needed a big drive, and (Cash) stepped up to make it happen,” Campbell said of his quarterback.

He completed two passes on the 80-yard drive, one to Calvin Wilson for 13 yards and another to Campbell for 26 yards. Running back Jack Phillips ripped off a 24-yard run and Cash finished the drive with runs of 11 and the 5-yard score.

The Rebels suffered a fourth consecutive defeat despite making a switch at quarterback by moving Nichols back under center where the senior started all of last season. He completed 7-of-15 passes for 85 yards and also had eight carries for 77 yards. 

The move did provide more points for Franklin than the last three games combined. Lipscomb closed 104 yards rushing and three receptions for 37 yards for the Rebels. He and John Kirkpatrick each rushed for two scores. 

Both teams hit the road next week with Franklin traveling to McGavock and Indy going to Hendersonville. 

Independence 28, Franklin 27

FHS – 7 7 0 7 6 – 27

IHS – 7 0 7 7 7 – 28

Scoring Summary

First Quarter

I — Ethan Cash 9 run (4:36), Sam Henke kick

F — Guy Lipscomb 2 run (2:52), Ian Burr kick

Second Quarter

F — John Kirkpatrick 1 run (9:16), Burr kick

Third Quarter

I — Cash 1 run (4:09), Henke kick

Fourth Quarter

F — Kirkpatrick 1 run (10:40), Burr kick

I — Cash 1 run (7:56), Henke kick

Overtime

I — Jaxson Campbell 15 pass from Cash, Henke kick

F — Lipscomb 7 run, pass failed

Team Statistics

(FHS IHS)

First downs 18 30

Rushes-yards 36-205 25-106

Passing yards 103 340

Comps-Atts-Ints 8-16-0 30-45-2

Penalties-yards 2-10 3-25

Fumbles-lost 0-0 0-0

Individual Statistics

Rushing

Franklin — Guy Lipscomb 17-104, Joshua Nichols 8-77, John Kirkpatrick 9-27, Grayson Bruce 2-(-3); Independence — Ethan Cash 16-53, Jack Phillips 5-52, Caedon Williams 1-4, Brian Pierce 2-2, Chayce Bishop 1-(-5)

Passing

Franklin — Joshua Nichols 7-15-0-0 85, Christian Clementi 1-1-0-0 18; Independence — Ethan Cash 30-45-1-1 340

Receiving

Franklin — Carson Repass 3-44, Guy Lipscomb 3-37, Mitch Lanik 2-22; Independence — Jaxson Campbell 13-168, Jack Phillips 3-46, Brighan Morrical 3-43, Brian Pierce 5-39, Chayce Bishop 3-27, Calvin Wilson 2-18, Kobe Kreid 1-(-1)

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