Franklinton stellar again in lopsided victory

Published 3:56 pm Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Franklinton celebrated Homecoming in style by jumping out to a 49-7 halftime lead en route to downing Lakeshore, 56-14, in a District 8-4A contest at FHS Friday.

Franklinton (7-1, 3-0) got on the board first. The Demons turned the ball over on downs on their initial drive at Lakeshore’s 18, but Josh Magee intercepted Dylan Fields on third down and returned it to LHS’ 18.

The Demons took advantage in a big way when Michael Wilson, who was 7-for-10 passing for 137 yards and two touchdowns, connected with DeAndre Allen. Allen made a leaping catch in the end zone for the touchdown. FHS faked the PAT, and holder Chandler Davis ran it in for an 8-0 lead with 8:20 left in the first quarter.

Lakeshore (3-5, 1-2) trimmed the lead to one on the next possession. Wilson rolled out, but his pass was intercepted by Ashon Cook, and Cook returned it 32 yards for the score. Ryan Miller added the extra point, and FHS’ lead was 8-7 at the 5:55 mark of the first period.

Then the Demons took off with the next 48 points.

The fireworks began when Azende T. Magee, who ran for 132 yards on just six carries and two touchdowns, scored on a 21-yard rush. Magee’s last two runs were for 100 yards. Conner Ackerman’s extra point was good to make it 15-7. The drive marked the return of Renaz Wilson to action. He ran for 20 of the drive’s 75 yards and finished with 67 yards rushing and a touchdown.

FHS coach Shane Smith said Wilson didn’t have as many carries as he’s had in the past, but the coach added that Wilson ran physical, broke tackles and got back in the fold of things.

Lakeshore attempted to punt on its next possession from its 25, but Relik Wilson blocked it, and Justin Alford recovered it in the end zone. Ackerman applied the PAT. FHS was on its way to victory, up, 22-7 after the first quarter.

“I saw the crease,” Alford said. “Relik Wilson blocked the punt. He fell and missed the ball. I saw it wide open on the goal line, so I went and jumped on it.”

Smith said anytime you can score on special teams, the odds are that you win the game.

“We did that early and it put us up a few scores and the momentum just continued to build and snowball and we played great football,” Smith said.

Things continued to go great for FHS in the second. The Titans wen three-and-out and on the drive’s second play, Azende T. Magee got the call on first down from the Demons’ 22. He took the handoff left, ran up the left sideline, cut back at about LHS’ 40, stayed on his feet and took it the distance, 78 yards to pay dirt and it was 29-7 after Ackerman’s PAT with 9:57 to go.

Lakeshore had another special teams miscue as punter Ronald Joyner fumbled the snap and was tackled at his 10.

Michael Wilson then ran 10 yards for the score on the first play. The PAT snap was a little high and the 2-point pass was incomplete, keeping it 35-7 with 7:28 showing.

The Demons were back on the board 6:10 later with Renaz Wilson running in from the two, capping off a 6-play, 57-yard drive. Ackerman was good once again for a 42-7 lead.

FHS got the ball back when Kobe Crain recovered a fumbled handoff at LHS’ 43. The Demons picked up 13 yards, but were then pushed back to the 46 on a 1-yard loss, followed by a personal foul after the play. An incompletion on second down gave FHS third-and-26 at the Titans’ 46 with one second left. That was just enough time for Wilson to find Azende T. Magee along the right sideline for six and Ackerman’s PAT made it 49-7 at halftime.

FHS outgained Lakeshore 336-34 in the first half.

During the five game winning streak, the Demons have outscored their opponents by a combined, 261-43.

Alford, who plays linebacker, said the key to the defense’s play over the last five weeks has been being disciplined, listening to the coaches and the calls and just doing their job and not worrying about anybody else.

The Demons continued their stellar play. The defense forced a punt and Vernon Lowe scored on a 1-yard run. Ackerman was successful once again for a 56-7 lead with 5:10 remaining. The key play was a Tajh Magee 30-yard run to LHS’ 15.

Lakeshore added a touchdown at the 10:28 mark of the fourth quarter on a David Ducre 1-yard run. Miller’s PAT finalized the scoring at 56-14. Ducre logged 92 yards on 22 carries.

Franklinton is back in action Friday, playing on the road against East Jefferson.