Franklin County head football coach Chris Tracy said he felt “bad” after the Flyers’ 77-28 win against Letcher County Central at home on Friday night.
How do you feel bad after handing your opponent a 49-point deficit and a new school record?
“I feel bad, I really do,” Tracy said. “When you look at it, I think we only ran 27 offensive plays and that is out of this world. We are scoring on one and two plays, and that’s great. But we want to drive the football and keep our defense off the field.
“There will come a time when we’ll have to drive the ball down the field.”
FCHS (3-0) ran a total of 27 offensive plays with a possession time of less than 19 minutes, compared to the Cougars’ 91 offensive plays and the offense holding the ball for 36:25. The Flyers’ 77-point performance broke a school record for the most points scored. The previous record was 75 points, set in 2010 during Tracy’s first year as head coach.
And how do you tell your senior quarterback to not score as quick? Logan Woodside, who went 9 for 12 for 208 passing yards and three touchdowns, simply laughed when directed the question.
“We try to hold the ball as long as we can, but we just have so many good athletes. If we get the ball into any of their hands, they are probably going to score,” Woodside said.
Such was true for freshman Landon Hurst, who was handed the ball on the first play for the Flyers and found the end zone on an 86-yard run. An extra point kick by junior Zach Durham gave FCHS a 7-0 lead with 6:32 left in the first quarter.
LCC answered back with its own score. A three-yard run by Chris Tyree made the game 7-6. A two-point conversion by Dustin Holbrook was unsuccessful.
“We are capable of (goal line stands) and then we turned around and weren’t able to line up properly and they got a cheap one on us,” Tracy said of the defense.
The Cougars’ Zane Blair kicked off to FCHS’ 25-yard line, where Isaiah Lee was waiting. The sophomore returned the ball 75 yards for a Flyer score, making it 14-6.
Blair again helped the Flyers by throwing an interception to junior Lorenzo McCaskell. Junior Chris Roberts then scored on a six-yard touchdown run. Roberts’ rush and Durham’s extra-point kick at 2:51 left in the first gave FCHS a 21-6 lead.
With the ball back in the hands of Blair, the quarterback threw his second interception, this time to junior Michael Hudkins. FCHS’ offense took to the field once again, but not for long. Woodside connected with McCaskell for a 64-yard score. Durham’s kick made it 28-6.
Although LCC scored on a five-yard run by Chris Tyree, the Flyers kept scoring— faster and easier. FCHS added two scores, a one-yard Timmons run and an eight-yarder from Roberts.
Timmons would find the end zone three more times, ending the night with 47 rushing yards and three touchdowns and 113 receiving yards and one touchdown.
FCHS also saw touchdowns from junior Mika Peterson on a 73-yard interception and a Woodside pass to McCaskell for 38 yards.
“Our offensive line was great tonight,” Woodside said. “The best it has been in a long time. I can’t thank them enough, because without them I’m nothing.”
LCC would reach the end zone later in the game on an 84-yard pass and 17-yard run. The scores proved to Tracy that they still have work to do on defense.
“It isn’t good enough,” Tracy said. “Legitimately, it should have been 77-7. It is frustrating, because defensively, we’re still not lining up where we are supposed to. The good thing about that is we are making stupid mistakes and still beating the crap out of people. We’ve got to get better at the little things like that the closer we get to our district opponents.”
The Cougars’ quarterback Blair finished 25 for 46 for 388 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions.
“I don’t think a team is going to beat us throwing the ball consistently,” Tracy said. “We want to take away the run and make them throw the ball. If they want to get 300 yards passing and score 28 points, that’s fine. We’ll score 70 and win.”
While Tracy wants to prepare the team for late-November, he said he is sure not to overlook FCHS’ Friday night opponent Frankfort High.
“It is a big game,” he said. “It is another city rivalry. We win that game and we win a third city championship. That is one of our goals as a team. And they’re standing in our way right now.”
FCHS will play Frankfort at Benny Watkins Field on Friday at 7:30 p.m.