Editor's Note: This story was updated at 1:30 p.m. Aug. 27 with corrected scoring for Franklin County.
Franklin County’s football team lost its season opener last week, but the emphasis for the Flyers this week was on lessons.
FCHS used lessons learned Friday at Western Hills and came away with a 69-0 victory.
“It was a hard-fought game and we felt like we let it get away,” FCHS coach Eddie James said about last week’s 20-17 loss to Scott County. “We made too many mental mistakes, but it was a great lesson.
“We talked all week about lessons, not losses. We came up short on the scoreboard, but watching the film, our kids played really hard. I was proud of them. This week was really, really hard, but they just went back to work, and that’s what we want them to do.”
The Flyers went to work early Friday, with Gilead Galloway intercepting a pass on Western Hills’ first possession. That set up FCHS’ first scoring drive, which ended with a 14-yard touchdown run by Kaden Moorman.
Aidan Oerther kicked the extra point for a 7-0 lead three minutes into the game.
Franklin County’s defense tipped a pass thrown by WHHS quarterback Garrison Graves on the Wolverines’ next possession, and Luke Toothaker picked it off and returned it for a touchdown.
“We went back to back on that,” WHHS coach Don Miller said. “We shot ourselves in the foot.”
Gavin Hurst completed a 15-yard touchdown pass to Zack Claudio to make the score 21-0 after the first quarter.
FCHS led 48-0 at halftime, with second-quarter touchdowns coming on a 62-yard pass from Hurst to Galloway, a shovel pass to Peyton Ledford that went for a 35-yard touchdown, and touchdown runs from Moorman and Juice Robinson.
“It was a complete game,” James said. “I thought we had several big plays. It’s probably good for some of these young kids who are stepping into these roles to get some confidence.”
Franklin County’s second-half touchdowns came on a 52-yard run by Ty Taylor, a 10-yard run by Jayquan Crawford and a 2-yard run by Carter Richardson.
Oerther went 9-for-9 on extra-point kicks.
Western Hills’ best chance to score came in the third quarter when Jaden Youngblood ran 72 yards and was tackled at the FCHS 1-yard line. The Wolverines lost the ball on a fumble on the next play.
“There’s a lot of pressure on him, but you watch his effort out here and what he’s trying to do,” Miller said of Youngblood. “He’s busting his butt. I just told him at halftime, keep your head up, keep busting, and we’ll get there.
“It’s going to take us a little bit longer. We have a young group like we talked about before and hopefully we get healthy and get ready for districts.”
Franklin County plays its first home game of the season Friday, hosting perennial powerhouse Corbin.
“It was good for us to get this,” James said after the WHHS game. “Our schedule’s tough, so to have this tonight is a confidence builder for our kids, and puts us in a position to really go to work next week. We’ve got some really good players, we’ve just got to get them in the game and get them some experience.”
Western Hills (0-2) plays at home Friday against Dayton.