Windsor no match for Franklin

Published 12:20 am Saturday, November 8, 2008

Franklin used a balanced offensive attack to dump Windsor 34-0 in a Tri-Rivers District regular-season finale Friday night.

The Broncos will now open the postseason at home next Friday night in the first round of the Group A Region A Division 1 playoffs. The Broncos will likely have a rematch with Sussex Central, which beat Franklin 32-6 last week. Sussex beat Surry County 30-18 Friday, and West Point lost to Colonial Beach 38-7, solidifying the Tigers’ third-place spot in the region.

With the loss, Windsor was knocked out of a Division 2 postseason spot.

Franklin’s balanced attack included 211 yards passing and 209 yards rushing. Unlike the previous week’s contest, Franklin’s offensive line played well, giving quarterback Donzell Shearin plenty of time to pick apart the sparse Windsor secondary. Shearin was 7-for-9 for 164 yards, all in the first half.

“It’s in the offense. We want to make sure we’re balanced. We stress passing the ball as much as running the ball,” said Franklin head coach Darren Parker. “The offensive line did a great job. We tell them every week that it starts and ends with the offensive and defensive line.”

Franklin (8-2) came out throwing the ball. On the Broncos third play from scrimmage, Shearin connected with Malik Brown, who was open over the middle. Brown ran 50 yards to the house and Franklin was up 6-0 with less than three minutes gone in the game.

On Franklin’s next drive, Shearin hit Brown with a rainbow pass that Brown ran under and caught for 39 yards. Two plays later, Isaiah Hudson broke loose for a 53-yard touchdown, and also ran in the two-point conversion to give Franklin a 14-0 lead at the 4:55 mark of the first quarter.

Meanwhile, Windsor’s starting quarterback Kwamane Harris sat on the bench with his foot in a bucket of ice. Harris later returned to the game for a few plays, but went out for good after a running play.

With 1:04 left in the first quarter, Shearin threw a 37-yard deep ball to Brown, which set up a 2-yard touchdown run by Elliott Bottoms with 9:20 to play in the half. LaCurt Boone booted the extra point to give Franklin a 21-0 lead.

Brown made his mark again in the third quarter. On Franklin’s first play from scrimmage in the second half, Brown went up the middle 39 yards for a touchdown. Boone’s extra point made it 27-0 with 9:52 to play in the period.

Franklin added one more score early in the fourth quarter. Backup quarterback Trey Kigler hit Justin Grant with a 47-yard pass down to the Windsor 16. Five plays later, Antawn Flythe hit the end zone from 5 yards out. Boone’s kick ended the scoring at 34-0.

Twelve different backs gained yardage for Franklin. Hudson led the Broncos rushing attack with 54 yards on 4 carries.

Windsor’s R.J. Edwards was a workhorse for the Dukes, rushing for 93 yards on 20 carries.

Parker said the Broncos were focused.

“We came out tonight and executed in every phase. The players came out there focused. The coaches came out and they were focused. That’s what it’s all about. You execute and you play the next week. You don’t, you’re home for a year.”