By Joe Williams, Sports Editor
Franklin's offensive line, including Francois Moolman (60), Eric Dallman (75), Hunter Parks (55) and Benjy Woodward (63) came up big against McGavock in a 28-7 win. Not pictured is left tackle Josh Butler. Photo by Becky Williams
Franklin played on the home turf for the first time this year in front of a standing room crowd and the undefeated Rebels did not disappoint, sending McGavock back to Nashville with a 28-7 loss.
|Franklin kicker Corey Fatony led a great night for the Rebels' special teams unit. Fatony put every kick-off in the end zone and added a booming 69-yard punt that pinned McGavock inside the Raider 15 yard line. Photo by Becky Williams
|Franklin's Colton Black (23, on the ground) picked up 102 yards rushing in Friday night's 28-7. Part of his success was the work of Jojsh Butler (70), Eric Dallman (75) and Francios Moolman (60) among others. Photo by Becky Williams
“We are the ugliest 3-0 team in the state,” said head coach Donnie Webb after the victory, “but we are 3-0 and I can’t say enough about this team. I’m going to sound like a broken record, but we’ve got to clean this thing up and that starts with me.”
Franklin was hit with several penalties, including a pair of ineligible receiver downfield flags, one which wiped away a 44-yard Joe Critchlow to Tony Flemister touchdown pass.
“It’s just kids being aggressive, wanting to do good. We know what the problem is and we’ll fix it.”
It was difficult for Webb to be too upset with the “big uglies” as they were able to protect Critchlow well all night and opened up holes for the running backs. Critchlow hit 9-of-18 for 85 yards and three touchdowns, two to Garrison Matthews (34-yards and 7-yards) and another to D.J. Burns. On the ground, Colton Black looked to be back in form, carrying the ball 19 times for 102 yards and a score.
Even as the offense starting to click again, the defense began to look like the Franklin of old, forcing McGavock to punt on six of their eleven possessions. The Raiders also turned the ball over on downs twice and gave up two interceptions.
“The defense was relentless. One thing we do well is get a lot of kids to the football and when you’ve got a lot of those maroon helmets running around, you’ve got a chance.”
Austin Winstead led the defense, notching 12 tackles on the night and a pair of big interceptions to stop McGavock drives, both within four minutes of each other in the second half.
“The big thing is watching film and being prepared,” Winstead said modestly after the game. “They ran the same routes they ran on film and being able to jump them helped.”
For the second week in a row the Rebels got a boost from special teams play. Following the Raiders lone score in the third quarter, Malik Grimes snatched away any momentum the Nashville team might have gained, taking the kick-off up the right side for 68 yards to the McGavock 17. Two plays later Critchlow found Matthews for a 7-yard touchdown completion.
After his field goal gave Franklin the winning edge last week at Dickson County, Corey Fatony gave his team another big lift. With the Rebels’ backs against the wall, Fatony boomed a 69-yard punt, leaving McGavock to start their drive at their own 14 yard line. Winstead picked off his first pass at the Raider eleven and Black rushed in four plays later.
The Rebels face the distraction of Homecoming this week before meeting Shelbyville (2-1, 0-1), a loser to Tullahoma last night 36-33 despite throwing for nearly 300 yards.
|The defensive line played a major part in Franklin's 28-7 win over McGavock Friday night.
Photo by Becky Williams
Franklin High honored the 2012 State Champion Men's Soccer team Friday night prior to the season's first home game against McGavock. Photo by Becky Williams
Posted on: 9/14/2013