The Wildcats’ offense ran for over 500 yards as they picked up their first district and regular season win with a 49-20 victory over the Warren Central Dragons.
“It is a big win and an important win for us,” Wildcats head coach Max Chaney said. “It gets us set up in the district so that we can continue in the playoffs.”
Franklin-Simpson (1-3) had a special team and an offensive turnover in the red zone in the 1st Quarter but then the offense scored touchdowns on four straight possessions in the 1st half for a 27-6 lead at halftime.
In the 2nd half, the Wildcats offense scored touchdowns on all three possessions for the 49-20 victory.
“I like catching passes but tonight, I was a bigger fan of seeing us establish our identity of running the football,” Andrew Ogles said. “We like being more physical than you and we have been getting better than that but tonight was our best night at being that.”
Franklin-Simpson had three running backs run for over 100 yards as senior Malik Carter with 153 yards rushing for a touchdown on 26 carries. Junior Omar Harrison had 124 yards for two touchdowns on 11 carries and senior Branson Andrews had 121 yards rushing, also on 11 carries.
That accomplishment of three running backs each with over 100 rushing yards hasn’t happened since Tre’ Bass (145 yards), Saul Brady (123 yards) and Carlos McKinney (132 yards) achieved that against Warren East on Oct. 10, 2017.
“When the linemen got their blocks, all we had to do is just execute our runs and the yards added up,” Carter said. “This was a team effort as we all had a great game tonight.”
“I felt great tonight,” Harrison said. “Relied on my linemen and that benefited and helped me a lot. This helped us get the win and we just need to build off of that.”
“My first 100-yard game and it feels fantastic,” Andrews said. “The linemen were amazing tonight. We saw the holes they created for us and we took advantage of it.”
“Malik (Carter) and Omar (Harrison) have run the ball well all year but Branson (Andrews) has really stepped up,” Chaney said. “Landon (Graves) went down with an ankle injury and he and Branson have been switching plays and Branson was huge tonight for us getting to the edge and running hard. Got to give huge credit to the offensive line. Anytime you have that many yards, somebody is blocking.”
Junior Luke Richardson four of his seven passes for 62 yards for a touchdown, a 23-yard pass to senior Kyjuan Stutzman, and ran for three,1-yard touchdown runs.
“Tonight, we finally started finishing off drives and showed our true potential,” Richardson said. “It was the best game for our offensive line this season so far. We got our athletes out in space and they showed what they can do with the ball.”
With the win, the Wildcats officially eliminated the Dragons (0-5) from postseason play. They will take on the Warren East Raiders this Friday night with the winner being the number three seed and the loser being the number four seed in the Class 4-A Region 1 District 2 playoffs.
Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. 1220 WFKN Franklin radio will broadcast the game starting at 6:30 p.m. with the Wildcats Scouting Report. The game will be streamed on the internet by going to www.franklinfavorite.com and click on the WFKN link in the blue toolbar. Then click on the WFKN Sports tab and press the play button.