Franklin Hornets notch 9-3A win over Berwick
Franklin runningbacks Brandon McFarlane and Brian Robertson combined for five touchdowns as the Franklin Hornets defeated the Berwick Panthers 50-0 Thursday in the District 9-3A opener at J. C. Dry Stadium.
Franklin (3-3, 1-0) dominated on both sides of the ball as the opportunistic defense forced four fumbles and one interception.
The offensive unit quickly turned the turnovers into points building an 8-0 first quarter lead into a 36-0 halftime cushion on the way to the 50-0 victory.
As if by design, Franklin lineback Trevon Parker recovered a fumble to set up the offensive unit at the 37-yard line. Two plays later, Franklin’s Robertson scored the first of the Hornets seven touchdowns on the night.
Franklin opened the scoring march with quarterback Jarion Brown running 10 yards before handing the ball to Robertson, who galloped untouched on the 37-yard touchdown.
On a night when several offensive linemen were rewarded by carrying the football, Franklin’s Sholamo Elzy scored on the two-point conversion, giving FSHS an 8-0 lead at the 2:38 mark of the first period.
Early in the second quarter, McFarlane scored three straight touchdowns on runs of 42, 3 and 19 yards with offensive linemen Cedric Paul and Jai’ondrick Lovely converting on the two-point attempts to send FSHS ahead by a 30-0 score in the second quarter.
McFarlane, who was the Hornets leading rusher with 11 carries for 107 yards and three touchdowns, capped the Hornets’ 8-play, 90-yard drive with a sensational 42-yard score at the 8:45 mark of the second quarter.
Less than three minutes had ticked off the clock before McFarlane hit paydirt again from three yards out.
As fate would have it, Robertson scooped up a fumble, setting the stage for his running mate McFarlane’s second touchdown.
A short time after Robertson’s fumble recovery, McFarlane scored on a 3-yard run with Paul earning the opportunity to convert on the two-point conversion, giving FSHS a 22-0 advantage.
Wide receiver Allen Randle ignited the Hornets’ next scoring drive when he plucked a 42-yard spiral from Brown out of thin air, bringing the ball to rest at the Panthers’ 37-yard line. Clutch catches by Simieon Theodile and Brennan Robinson opened the gate for McFarlane to score on a 19-yard run before Lovely capped the drive with the two-point conversion, sending FSHS outfront by an insurmountable 30-0 score.
Franklin increased its lead to 36-0 in the waning moments of the second quarter when Brown raced over from 24 yards out.
In the third quarter, Robertson again made his presence felt with a 23-yard score with FSHS taking a 44-0 lead as Robertson scored on the two-point with 11:10 showing on the clock.
Franklin’s D’Andre Charles capped the scoring with an jaw-dropping 81-yard jaunt as Franklin posted the huge 50-0 victory.
Franklin amassed 520 yards on the night, including 357 yards on the ground and 163 through the air. Berwick (2-4, 0-1) was limited to 55 total yards with 39 coming through the air and 14 on the ground.
McFarlane led the way with 11 carries for 107 yards and three touchdowns. Brown finished with six totes for 92 yards and one score while Robertson rushed eight times for 84 yards and two scores. Charles had one carry for 81 yards and a score while Bernard Davis ran twice for two yards.Brown connected on 5 of 16 passes for 115 yards and two interceptions while Bernard Davis was 1 for 1 with 48 yards.Robinson caught three passes for 53 yards while Randle had one catch for 42 yards with Avontre Perro hauling in one catch for 48 yards and Theodile making one grab for 20 yards.
The Franklin Hornets (3-3, 0-1) will play host to the E. D. White Cardinals next Friday for Homecoming in District 9-3A action.