The Franklin-Simpson Wildcats’ football team wrapped up their regular season last Thursday night with a 44-14 victory over the Ohio County Eagles
The Wildcats finished the regular season with an overall record of 3-4 as the Eagles closed out their season with a record of 1-7.
After a scoreless first quarter, the Wildcats put together some big plays for a two touchdown lead at halftime.
On their third play of their first possession in the 2nd quarter, junior quarterback Luke Richardson completed a 68-yard pass and run to senior Kyjuan Stutzman, his fourth touchdown reception and Richardson’s fifth touchdown pass of the season, for the first touchdown of the game for a 6-0 lead.
“Luke (Richardson) threw it up, caught it and scored. He’s putting the ball right there and I am just trying to execute,” Stutzman said. “I had to adjust as he threw it to my right and I turned around and caught it as the defender bounced off of me and I took it in for the touchdown.”
On their next possession, freshman Jayden Wells, who started for senior Malik Carter, ran for his second touchdown of the season with a 29-yard run. He also ran for the 2-point conversion for a 14-0 lead at halftime.
“Jayden (Wells) has done a good job stepping in for Malik (Carter),” Wildcats head coach Max Chaney said. “Feel like it was a smart decision to not play Malik tonight so that we could have him play against Allen County-Scottsville. Also Isaac (Callis) didn’t play tonight as he got banged up during a JV game and that is why we didn’t kick extra points. I feel like we will have them both back for the playoff game.”
More big plays occurred in the 3rd Quarter as on the Wildcats’ third play of their first possession in the 2nd Half, junior Omar Harrison ran for a 50-yard touchdown for a 20-0 lead.
The Eagles got on the scoreboard on their first possession of the quarter. Following a 49- yard pass and run from sophomore Matthew Smith to sophomore Logan Littleton, senior QDaryius Jennings ran for a 3-yard touchdown. He also converted the 2-point conversion that made the score 20-8.
Franklin-Simpson responded quickly on their next offensive drive. Following a 27-yard run by senior Branson Andrews, Harrison ran for a 41-yard touchdown, his second of the game. Andrews converted the 2-point conversion, giving them a 28-8 lead.
Following Ohio County’s punt, Richardson completed a 62-yard pass and run to Andrews that set up a 1-yard touchdown run by sophomore Landon Graves, his second of the season. Richardson’s pass to freshman Isaiah Rigsby for the 2-point conversion made the score 36-8.
“Just part of us having great execution and playing together as a team,” Graves said. “I didn’t deserve the touchdown. Branson (Andrews) should have got it on the great pass play and I thought he was taking it to the end zone but it was a great play.”
On their next possession, the Wildcats got a 56-yard run from Harrison along with Richardson’s 12-yard pass and run to Rigsby. Wells’ 11-yard run set up Andrews’ 1-yard touchdown run, his first of the season. Harrison ran for the 2-point conversion as time expired in the quarter as Franklin-Simpson, who scored 30 points in the quarter, led 44-8.
“The line has been blocking very well,” Branson Andrews said. “We were able to find the holes and space and it is easy to hit those spots once they are there. Ran and passed the ball well and the defense made stops. Overall good game for us.”
The Eagles scored the final touchdown late in the game as senior Lennox Hunt ran for a 46-yard touchdown that made the final score 44-14 for Franklin-Simpson’s third road victory of the season.
“Offensively, a sloppy start for us but once we got some fire underneath us and got things firing, we performed pretty well,” Chaney said. “I thought we played better as the game went on. Our running backs ran it well and Luke (Richardson) made some great reads. A lot of kids played well and once the offensive line got going, we were able to do what we thought we could all along.”
Franklin-Simpson outgained Ohio County 429-225 in total yards of offense.
Omar Harrison had five carries for 151 yards for two touchdowns with Branson Andrews having seven carries for 72 yards for a touchdown and Jayden Wells having six carries for 45 yards for a touchdown.
“I saw big opportunities with those three big runs,” Harrison said. “First one kind of got messed up because I ran into my blocker but after that, we were able to figure out to get more space and it was there.”
Luke Richardson completed five of his six passes, to five different players, for 170 yards for a touchdown.
Daryius Jennings led Ohio County with 18 carries for 71 yards for a touchdown with Lennox Hunt having 61 yards on four carries for a touchdown.
Jennings along with sophomore Matthew Smith combined to complete eight of their 12 passes for 93 yards with an interception.
The Wildcats will begin their playoff journey tentatively scheduled for Friday, Nov. 20, in the Class 4-A Region 1 District 2 playoffs as they head to Scottsville to play the Allen County-Scottsville Patriots.
Kickoff time is at 7 p.m. 1220 WFKN Franklin radio will broadcast the game beginning at 6:30 p.m. The game will also be streamed on the internet by going to www.franklinfavorite.com and clicking on the WFKN tab in the blue toolbar. Then press the WFKN Sports tab and click on the play button.