By George Bremer
The Herald Bulletin
FRANKTON, Ind. — Evan Hodges rushed for 146 yards and two touchdowns, and Alexandria scored 41 unanswered points to spoil head coach Otis Cress' final homecoming at Frankton with a 48-14 victory.
Hodges' scores came on runs of 20 and 5 yards in the second half as the Tigers (4-2, 2-2 Central Indiana Conference) outscored their hosts 27-0.
The game was tight for much of the first half, with Alexandria taking the lead for the first time on Blaize Kelly's 10-yard touchdown pass to Drew Johnson with 2:36 to play. That put the Tigers ahead 21-14 and was part of a huge day for both players.
Kelly completed 16 of 30 pass attempts for 265 yards and two scores. Johnson caught seven of those passes for 112 yards and one touchdown.
But it was Frankton (1-5, 0-4) that broke onto the scoreboard first.
The Eagles milked 5:45 off the clock on their opening drive, scoring on a 5-yard run by Nik Clark to go ahead 7-0. Alexandria answered less than three minutes later with a 23-yard touchdown pass from Kelly to Jonah Jerrils.
But Frankton went back in front just before the end of the period when Clark scored from 18 yards out with 29.3 seconds left.
Clark carried 17 times for 71 yards, leading a Frankton attack that amassed 146 yards on the ground overall. The Eagles gained just 41 of those yards in the second half as Alexandria took control of the contest.
The Tigers tied the score on a 3-yard run by Kelly with 5:55 left in the second quarter, then took the lead for good on the scoring strike to Johnson.
Hodges' 20-yard touchdown run put Alexandria ahead 27-14 less than three minutes into the third quarter, and the Tigers surprised Frankton with an onside kick. But the ensuing drive stalled at the Eagles' 25-yard line, and Alexandria turned the ball over on downs for the second and final time.
The Tigers never punted in the contest. Frankton freshman Jack Rogers, meanwhile, averaged a healthy 37 yards on his four punts.
The score remained at a 13-point margin for much of the third quarter until the Tigers mounted a late surge. Bryan Carter capped the drive with a 3-yard run with 1:08 remaining, and Alexandria took a commanding 34-14 lead into the final quarter.
Hodges scored from 5 yards out with 10:45 to play in the game, and freshman Dylan Downing capped the scoring with a 16-yard touchdown run with 5:06 remaining.
There was a scary moment just before the end of the first half when Frankton senior Colton Waymire went down behind the Eagles' sideline. He appeared to get his leg caught underneath the Frankton bench and was taken to a local hospital.
Early reports were Waymire suffered a broken tibia.
Alexandria hosts Madison-Grant next week. Frankton travels to Blackford.