Seeking respect, Franklin routs Towson, 41-6, to stay unbeaten

October 30, 1994|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,Sun Staff Writer

Franklin High's football team was looking for respect and recognition yesterday in what was regarded as its biggest test of the season to date.

Undefeated but unranked, the Indians gained some believers while sweeping past host Towson, 41-6, for their eighth straight victory.

"Respect starts with 8 and 0," said Franklin's sophomore running back Kenny Vialva, who scored four touchdowns and ran over, around and through the Generals all day. "We've got that now."

Franklin's Claude Darr, in his 25th and last season as the Reisterstown school's head coach, thinks a 10-0 record will be required for his team to make the Region 3A North playoffs because it is playing almost exclusively a Class 2A schedule in the Baltimore County league.

"I think we'll have to go all the way," said Darr, whose team has Pikesville (home) and Overlea (away) left to play.

"We're eighth [the last qualifying spot] in the region and we don't have any more 3A teams."

Franklin has eight starters back from a 5-5 team and two bullish sophomore running backs in the 215-pound Vialva and 240-pound Karl Holly, his backup.

But the key to the Indians is balance, Darr said.

"We don't have any sensational players," he said.

"But we have a lot of good ones and good team speed without any real burners, so we can do a lot of things well."

The Indians took charge immediately when Vialva broke through the middle for a 58-yard touchdown on the second play from scrimmage. A conversion pass from Chris Demetrakis to Tim Goins made it 8-0 with only 1:07 expired in the game.

A grinding 90-yard, 15-play touchdown march by Franklin launched the second quarter, Vialva scoring from the 10 and it became 22-0 shortly after Towson failed to convert a fourth-and-1 from its 29.

After a face-mask penalty against the Generals, Demetrakis hit Goins with a 15-yard touchdown strike and Goins kicked the point-after.

Then, with 3:18 left in the third period, a fumble recovery by Tyrone McCray set up Franklin at the Generals' 47.

Five plays later, the Indians had a 28-0 lead on a 17-yard pass from Demetrakis to Curtis Williams.

"Their starting running backs [Vialva and McCray] did a nice job and I'm sure that whole team has a little more respect now," said Towson coach Bob Davis.

"They totally controlled our running game [Towson had 38 net yards rushing] and threw the ball well when they had to."

Vialva finished off his four-touchdown spree with a 16-yard run and a 25-yard -- with a fumble recovery after linebacker Earl Bryant blindsided Towson quarterback Steve Beck to force the ball lose.

Franklin compiled 400 yards total offense, 264 of them on the ground. Vialva accounted for most of that, gaining 178 yards on 16 carries.

"Rankings don't bother me too much," said Darr.

"It's more important how we feel about ourselves and we're feeling pretty good right now."

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