Franklin County’s football team can score and not with just one player. It’s a lesson Western Hills learned in a 63-0 loss against the Flyers on Friday night.
“We tried to make them one dimensional where they had to run the football,” FCHS head coach Chris Tracy said. “Any time you get that zero, that’s a good thing.”
FCHS (2-0) accumulated 435 total yards to WHHS’ 142 and had six different players score touchdowns, including senior Ryan Timmons with four scores and 176 all-purpose yards.
“That’s the thing, you can’t isolate on Ryan,” Tracy said after the game. “You have Lorenzo McCaskell, Greg Maupin, Brandon Smith, then you take a step back and look at the freshmen who played tonight, Malik Frank and DeMarcus Kennedy.
“We just got weapons. We’re blessed with some speed and we try to use them all. You just can’t focus on one guy.”
WHHS (0-2) got off to a rough start when freshman Dan Childress fumbled on the kickoff and the Flyers recovered the ball at the 11-yard line. A personal foul sent FCHS back to the 26-yard line and Timmons scored on a 26-yard touchdown run. Junior Zach Durham kicked the extra point for a 7-0 FCHS lead.
On the Wolverines’ next possession, seniors Casey McLean and Ethan Cox helped create a seven-play, 36-yard drive before turning the ball over on downs.
“Turnovers and low yardage are always good,” Tracy said. “I think they only had 90 total yards at halftime. I was actually kind of upset. We didn’t do a great job stopping the run. They did some things off our first scrimmage film against Dixie Heights that we didn’t defend. But we made some adjustments and the kids did a great job and started stopping that play they were getting success on.”
With 7:26 left in the first quarter, senior quarterback Logan Woodside to junior Lorenzo McCaskell connected for a 5-yard touchdown pass. Durham added the extra point for a 14-0 lead. Then the FCHS defense stopped a 19-yard drive on fourth down.
The FCHS artillery continued with sophomore Jordan Metts rushing for a 19-yard score with a Durham extra point kick, increasing the Flyer lead to 21-0. An unsuccessful WHHS drive allowed Timmons to run in for a 54-yard touchdown for a 28-0 lead with 1:42 remaining in the first.
In the second quarter, Timmons took off again with a 16-yard touchdown run. Durham’s kick gave FCHS a 35-0 lead over the Wolverines.
WHHS fumbled on its next possession and FCHS recovered, giving Timmons an opportunity for a 38-yard touchdown catch from Woodside. The score climbed to 42-0 Flyers. On the Wolverines’ next drive, a fumble plagued the team once again.
The Flyers recovered the ball at the 28-yard line with 6:08 remaining in the half. Woodside pitched to Chris Roberts for an 8-yard touchdown, making the score 49-0.
After the kickoff, the Wolverines threw an interception into the hands of Malik Barnett with 3:39 left. FCHS repeated the process with a Woodside pass to senior Brandon Smith for a 56-yard touchdown. Durham’s kick made the score 56-0 before halftime.
“That’s one of the first things we talked about before we walked on the football field,” WHHS head coach Don Miller said of their six fumbles and one intercepted pass. “Hold onto the ball. The last thing you want to do against a team this explosive is to turn the ball over. It gives them an opportunity to put more points on the board.”
In the third quarter, Woodside launched his final touchdown of the night to senior Greg Maupin for a 9-yard score. Durham kicked the last extra point for a 63-0 Flyer win over WHHS. Woodside was 10 for 11 for 251 yards and five touchdown passes.
It was a performance that left Miller saying his team has “a lot of work to do.”
“We’re very thin and we had some big injuries that affected the game,” Miller said. “It has forced us to put other kids in there.”
The Wolverines are missing its leading rusher and scorer, Nick Lockett, who was injured in last week’s game against Woodford County. Miller said the sophomore tore his posterior cruciate ligament (PCL), which keeps the tibia from moving backwards too far. Lockett will miss a minimum of four weeks, but the coach said he hopes to have him healthy by district play.
Miller said he can’t give up on this team just yet and neither should they. WHHS hosts Grant County this Friday.
“We talked right there at the end, that we have been here before,” Miller said. “We were 0-2 last year and out of those last eight games, we won five of them. It is taking us a while to click. We’ve had some bumps in the road and injuries. I think if these guys will keep their heads up and I get that senior class to keep everyone together, then I feel like by the time it is over with we will be in pretty good shape.”
And for Tracy, he said his team wouldn’t celebrate this win for very long. The Flyers must prepare to face Letcher County Central this Friday at home.
“I went down and watched them last week when they played Pulaski County,” Tracy said. “They are a big team, physically big. Physically they are a lot bigger than us, but they are not as fast as us and they have to take a three-hour bus ride like we did last year. That’s in our favor.
“We’ll see. I hope we come ready to play for our first home game. It is going to be a tough game for us. It’ll be a good challenge for us.”