By CHAD BISHOP The Daily News firstname.lastname@example.org 783-3241
For the first time since 2000, Franklin-Simpson is 3-0.
The Wildcats rolled through Greenwood 28-6 on Friday at GHS. Franklin-Simpson piled up more than 300 yards on the ground.
Colton Hurt orchestrated the show, throwing for 111 yards and a score and handing out the ball to his wealth of running backs.
“It just takes the burden off my shoulders,” the senior said about his stable of runners. “All I have to do is hand the ball off and lead the team as well as I can.”
The Gators (1-3) fell to 4-11 in their past 15 games and have dropped eight of their past 10. They had their opportunities: An opening drive that stalled after reaching the 5, a defensive stop that began the second half, and the recovery of a muffed punt at midfield on the first play of the fourth quarter.
But none of those scenarios led to a score, allowing FSHS to win going away.
“We waited to the second half to start playing,” Greenwood coach Chris Seabolt said. “I really don’t have a whole lot to say. I thought our kids played hard. There were a couple of things in the first half, from my side of the football, from an offensive side, that we weren’t blocking it correctly and tried to get it out on the sideline and are still trying to get that ironed out.”
Early on, Greenwood looked as though it had come to play on homecoming night.
Greenwood took its opening offensive possession and moved to the FSHS 5. The next five plays included a yard gain, a holding penalty, a sack, a 4-yard run and missed field goal from the 17.
Franklin-Simpson made the Gators pay for that sequence.
The Wildcats marched to the 31 and, on third down, Hurt went play-action, rolled to his right and hit tight end De’shun Martin sitting open in the middle of the field. Martin turned and simply outran the defense from there for a 69-yard touchdown, giving FSHS a 6-0 lead with 5:06 left in the first period.
“I just stepped up in the pocket as I rolled out and they had a nice pocket set up for me,” Hurt said. “I looked up, saw my tight end De’shun standing right there right open and just put it right where he could catch it and then he did the rest for me.”
Franklin-Simpson put together a 11-play scoring drive to go up 12-0 on a Hurt quarterback sneak with 9:08 left in the half.
Greenwood’s next play was a long pass intercepted by Josiah Robey. That led to a 10-play FSHS drive that ended with Robey taking a handoff, going right and then giving it to Jerry Billups coming back to the left at the 11-yard line. Billups turned up the middle and split the GHS defense untouched for six to make it 18-0 with 3:53 left in the second quarter.
Franklin’s final defensive stand came late when GHS tried to fake a punt from the 48 going in. Jacob Page’s pass down the middle of the field was tipped by Franklin’s Evan Figert and hauled in by Cody Uhls. That allowed FSHS to take an 18-0 lead to the half while holding the Gators to 91 yards of total offense during the first two quarters.
“Franklin did a great job of stuffing us up inside,” Seabolt said. “They did a good job against us tonight, you got to give them credit.”
Franklin-Simpson put the game in the way in the fourth when Figert returned an interception 18 yards for touchdown with 7:29 to go. Aaron Smith scored from a yard out with 1:28 to play to help Greenwood avoid the shutout.
Billups finished with 92 yards to lead FSHS, which hosts Battle Ground Academy (Tenn.) on Friday. Greenwood plays at Logan County on Friday.
FSHS 6 12 0 6 — 24
GHS 0 0 0 6 — 6
FSHS — Martin 69 pass from Hurt (kick failed), 5:06
FSHS — Hurt 1 run (conversion failed), 9:08
FSHS — Billups 11 run (kick failed), 3:53
FSHS — Figert 18 interception return (conversion failed), 7:29
GHS — Smith 1 run (conversion failed), 1:28