Blake Dailey rushed for 305 yards and four touchdowns, and Mississinewa ruined Frankton’s Central Indiana Conference opener with a 46-28 Friday night.
The Eagles (2-1, 0-1 CIC) completely lost control of the game in the second quarter when Mississinewa scored 26 points and took a commanding 40-7 lead into halftime. Dailey had 202 yards and three touchdowns on just 12 carries, outgaining the entire Frankton offense to that point.
The Eagles had just 109 yards of total offense in the first half, with 98 coming on two plays — a 50-yard touchdown run by Cole Douglas and a 48-yard pass from quarterback Brayden Ginder to receiver Austin Compton. The latter gave Frankton a first-and-goal at the Indians’ 9-yard line, but a rash of false start penalties contributed to a turnover on downs.
“From the neck down, we’re a pretty good football team,” Eagles head coach Otis Cress said. “From the head up, we’ve gotta get tougher.”
Frankton started the second half with an impressive scoring drive, capped by a 20-yard run by Nik Clark.
Clark added scoring runs of 31 and 30 yards in the fourth quarter and finished with 166 yards on 16 carries.
The Eagles’ defense also shored things up in the second half, allowing just a 23-yard touchdown run by Dailey to dent the scoreboard.
But the improved effort was far too little and came far too late.
“We did respond,” Cress said. “It’s just unfortunate we didn’t play the first half at all.”
The Indians (3-0, 1-0) gained 412 rushing yards overall, and quarterback Hontz McCarty was 5-of-9 for 118 yards and one touchdown.
Dailey, of course, led the way with touchdown runs of 19, 11, 43 and 23 yards.
“He just ran all over us,” Cress said. “He looked good on tape, but we made him look better. We’ve just gotta get tougher. We’ve gotta get an attitude on defense. Right now, we’re just soft.”
Frankton plays Oak Hill next Saturday at 10 a.m. to kick off CIC Day at Ball State.