Franklin roars into regional final

Franklin 33 Towson 13

Football

November 19, 2006|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Sun reporter

Franklin's Scott Noble said he "played with a chip on my shoulder" in yesterday's 33-13, Class 3A North Region semifinal rout of visiting Towson.

Noble rushed for 170 yards and two touchdowns; deflected a pass into the hands of teammate Jeromie Miller to set up his 28-yard interception return for a score; and later raced the remaining 51 yards for a touchdown off a pitch from Rashad Blackwell after the latter's 14-yard reception from Josh Gibson.

The victory, during which the Indians (9-2) overcame a 7-0 deficit, avenged an earlier 14-13 loss at Towson (6-5), which reached its first postseason by winning six of its previous seven games. Franklin next plays No. 2 City (11-0) - which yesterday earned its eighth shutout, 34-0, over Mervo - in Saturday's regional final.

"They were trying to bring the pain, but they brought something out of me that I've never shown before: the inner demon," said Noble, a 6-foot, 200-pound player who this year has scored 28 touchdowns, rushed for 1,659 yards and committed to a full scholarship from James Madison.

Miller also rushed for a touchdown and Gibson kicked three extra points for the Indians, who are in the playoffs for the first time since going 10-1 in 1994.

Playing well defensively were Matthew Woods, with an interception and a fumble recovery; Englon Roberts, with an interception and a blocked punt; Ronald Greene and Jamal Jones, with one sack each; and Morgan Hankin, with a fumble recovery.

"We were very embarrassed after last time," Miller said. "We felt we should have beat them last time like we did today."

Towson trailed by as much as 33-7. Two of its players were ejected for unsportsmanlike conduct in the fourth quarter.

lem.satterfield@baltsun.com

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