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September 14, 2012

Frankton soars past Argylls

MARION, In. — The game really was closer than the final score read on the scoreboard at Otis Cress Field on Friday night in Frankton.

With a few bulbs missing, the home scoreboard read 61-0, but the actual final score of the Central Indiana Conference contest between Frankton and Madison-Grant was 61-20 in favor of the home team.

Frankton dominated the game from the opening kickoff, which Cole Douglas returned 85 yards for a touchdown. Douglas finished with 171 yards rushing and three touchdowns. Five different Eagles scored a touchdown, and the offense didn’t punt until the junior varsity squad was on the field.

“Last week we gave up a touchdown on the first play, and when you score a quick touchdown like that it sets the tone,” said Frankton coach Otis Cress. “Special teams did a great job. (Austin) Compton and Douglas are two quick kids that run north and south.”

Compton accounted for most of the special teams fireworks, returning a punt 63 yards for a touchdown and a kickoff 81 yards for another score.

“We had to put a new kicker in at the last second, and it was bad from the get-go,” said Madison-Grant coach Beau Engle. “We’re not as strong as other teams, and that hurts us. We will keep working and get better.”

The Eagles finished with a 343-278 advantage in total offense, including 296-265 on the ground. Nik Clark added 97 yards rushing and a pair of touchdowns, and fullback Colton Waymire added 20 yards and another score. Quarterback Brayden Ginder accounted for the other score on a 1-yard run in the first quarter.

Frankton was especially impressive on third down as it finished 7-of-9 with no third down longer than seven yards. The Eagles collected a first down on both fourth-down plays and scored on their first eight possessions.

“The offensive line pushed them around, and we basically never had any third-and-long plays,” Cress said. “We kept it third-and-short all the time, and our percentage was pretty good. The defense played well, and our game-plan was to keep everything in front of us.”

The Frankton defense bent, but didn’t break, It allowed 265 yards on the ground but forced three turnovers and held the Argylls to 1-of-5 on third-down conversions.

Cameron Myers led Madison-Grant with 104 yards rushing, including a 6-yard touchdown run. Austin Purkey added 46 yards on seven carries, and backup R.J. Richards collected 66 yards rushing on four carries, including a 9-yard touchdown run.

“I feel every week I can’t give our offensive line enough credit,” said Engle. “Those guys work their butts off, and we feel we did a good job up front. Up front we are doing things right.”

Frankton (3-2, 1-2 CIC) travels to Alexandria next Friday at 7 p.m., while Madison-Grant (1-4, 0-3 CIC) hosts Eastbrook next Friday at 7 p.m.

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