Noble leads Indians' team effort

Franklin 40 Catonsville 17

Football

Varsity

September 22, 2006|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Sun reporter

Franklin's football team boasts more than just All-County running back Scott Noble - a whole lot more.

Noble's 100 yards and three touchdowns were only part of the 328 yards of total offense the Indians' generated in last night's 40-17 rout of visiting Baltimore County 4A-3A League rival Catonsville (2-1, 1-1).

There was Josh Gibson kicking three extra points and going 8-for-8 passing for 112 yards and a 14-yard touchdown to Jeromie Miller on fourth-and-goal. There was Miller's 27-yard scoring pass to junior Rashad Blackwell (three receptions, 64 yards) on third-and-goal.

There was a defense featuring Ryan Mays, who scored off a 35-yard return of a punt blocked by Curtis Rayford in the third quarter. Then, of course, there was Noble, a 6-foot, 200-pound senior who raised his season totals to 493 yards and eight touchdowns.

"Guys can put eight, nine guys in the box, but now, we've got other ways to come at you," Noble said.

Indians offensive coordinator Ryan Hain praised his team's lack of incomplete passes, fumbles and interceptions.

Last year, the Comets beat the Indians, 30-24, in a double-overtime game featuring Noble and graduated Catonsville All-Metro running back Jaren Maybin.

Joe McNamara and Andrew Woizesko led a combined rushing game of more than 200 yards for the Comets. Catonsville scored on runs of 2 and 15 yards by Reno Jiggetts and Ron Randall, respectively, as well as a 25-yard field goal by Dan Vanik.

But Franklin's defense created a 27-10 halftime lead and a 20-point second quarter. The Indians' Phillip Arum, Daniel Zunikoff, and Morgan Hankin combined for four sacks, and Jamal Jones and Clifford Tweedy each deflected several passes, including one by Tweedy in the end zone.

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