Franklin football runs away from Perry Hall

Hinton, Adams, Smothers help Indians put away game early

September 26, 2014|By Jeff Seidel | For The Baltimore Sun

Perry Hall handed Franklin a 14-point loss when the football teams met last season. The Indians remembered that defeat and earned some revenge Friday night.

Darius Hinton ran for 197 yards and two touchdowns and caught another score as No. 11 Franklin scored 38 first-half points en route to a 58-21 victory over No. 6 Perry Hall in a Baltimore County Division II game. Quarterback Jacquez Adams also threw for three touchdowns for the Indians.

The Gators won 21-7 over Franklin last season, and after that the Indians won 10 in a row and posted the Class 3A state championship. Franklin, the host team, made this game much different as Perry Hall couldn't stop its potent offense right from the start.

"This was a big game for us," Franklin coach Anthony Burgos said. "This was a game that last year, we just didn't put our best foot forward."

Hinton agreed that Franklin was looking forward to this game, having circled it on their calendars because of how poorly it played at Perry Hall (3-1, 0-1) last year.

"We've been waiting since two-a-days for this," Hinton said. "After the first play, I just knew the type of game we were going to have."

The Indians couldn't be stopped on the ground or in the air as they finished with 604 yards of total offense. Franklin scored on six of its first seven possessions, often breaking tackles and then running away from the Gators.

Franklin (3-1, 1-0) took advantage of that speed, especially when it came to Adams, Hinton and wide receiver Steven Smothers, who caught two touchdowns and ran for another on a reverse.

Hinton repeatedly kept coming up with big runs while Adams ran effectively and connected on several nice passes. Hinton scored on a pair of 1-yard runs in the first quarter and caught a 9-yard touchdown pass from Adams in the second.

In fact, he compiled those 197 yards without carrying the ball after the first four minutes of the second half.

The Indians looked unstoppable and finished the first half with 407 total yards of offense and a 38-7 lead. Hinton ran for 181 of his yards before the break. Adams threw Smothers a pair of scoring passes plus the one to Hinton as Franklin turned this into a laugher pretty quickly.

"They exploded on us," Perry Hall coach Keith Robinson said. "We were overmatched speed-wise and size-wise. They ran right past us."

The Franklin defense also helped because the Gators moved the ball well at times but kept committing penalties or turnovers. Franklin picked off four passes to stop various Gator drives, especially in the second half.

But each time the Indians got the ball back, they'd move it again. It didn't matter if they tried to run or pass the ball, Franklin had little trouble moving it, something that delighted Burgos.

"Teams have to make a decision on [how to play] us," he said. "I feel like we're going to give teams a lot of headaches."

Franklin 58, Perry Hall 21

PH       0          7          7          7- 21

F          21        17        6          14-58

F – Smothers 37 pass from Ja. Adams (Belmontes kick)

F – Hinton 1 run (Belmontes kick)

F - Hinton 1 run (Belmontes kick)

PH – R. Johnson 14 pass from Wiseman 14 pass (Starostenko kick)

F - Hinton 9 pass from Ja. Adams (Belmontes kick)

F - Belmontes 35 FG

F - Smothers 25 pass from Ja. Adams (Belmontes kick)

F - Botchway 49 run (kick failed)

P - A. Brown 46 run (Starostenko kick)

F - Smothers 15 run (Belmontes kick)

P - D. Williams 64 run (Starostenko kick)

F - Nutter 12 run (Lahay kick)

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