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2022 Indians Varsity Football Team

2022 Frankston Indians Varsity Football Team

See Junior Varsity Picture HERE                 — Citizen Photo

Indians offense, defense gains

45-0 victory at Union Grove

The Frankston Indians put together an explosive offense and a strong defense Friday night, Sept. 30 to earn a 45-0 District 10-2A-1 victory over the Union Grove Lions at Gladewater, according to a report from Coach Paul Gould and staff.

The Tribe defense forced multiple fumbles and the offense launched a convincing running game to take advantage of the Union Grove mistakes and sustain several drives.

The win improved the Indians’ season record to 5-1 and their district showing to 2-0.

Indians fans who made the trip to Gladewater saw the Tribe jump out to an early 6-0 lead in their first possession after the defense forced a UGHS punt which put the Indians deep in their own territory.

However, the Tribe had an answer for that as sophomore quarterback Reese Hicks launched a 56-yard pass to senior wide receiver Benton Allen which put them well on their way to paydirt. Sophomore running back Tyler Rogers finished off the scoring drive with a 10-yard TD run. A two-point conversion try failed but Frankston had a 6-0 lead.

The Indians got another quick touchdown when Union Grove fumbled and linebacker Rogers recovered in Lions territory. Seconds later quarterback Hicks scampered for 20 yards and a score. The PAT kick failed but the Indians had a 12-0 lead.

On their next possession, UG was deep in their own territory after the kickoff.  Then the Indians senior defensive lineman Ke’Aundre Barnes recovered a Lions fumble inside the 50 to stop their drive. This time the Union Grove defense held the Tribe on downs as the first quarter ended.

Early in the second quarter, the Indians’ junior defensive back Conlan Lemay intecepted a Lions pass and the Tribe took over to stop a Union Grove drive.

The Indians mounted a drive themselves and capped it with a 30-yard TD run by junior running back Kaymon Davis. The PAT kick by sophomore Coleman Merritt was good and Frankston increased their lead to 19-0.

The two teams exchanged punts as the half ended.

The Indians got the kickoff to start the second half and they wasted little time as they launched a scoring drive with Rogers going the final 30 yards to paydirt with barely a minute gone in the third quarter. Merritt’s kick was good and the Indians’ lead went to 26-0.

Another fumble by Union Grove, recovered by linebacker Hicks, set up the next Tribe score. This time quarterback Hicks ran in from eight yards out. The extra point try failed but the Indians now had a 32-0 lead.

The Lions were forced to punt after the ensuing kickoff and the Indians started a drive from inside Lions territory. This time junior Conlan Lemay ran for a touchdown from about 35 yards out with about three minutes to go in the quarter. The PAT kick again failed. Frankston had increased their lead to 38-0.

About halfway into the fourth quarter, the Indians got their final score. The Indians had lined up for a field goal try. The kick was blocked and, fortunately for Frankston,  the deflected ball conveniently landed in the hands of Hicks and he ran in to score from about 25 yards out. This time the PAT kick was good and Frankston had its 45-0 winning score.

After the kickoff, Union Grove fumbled another time and junior linebacker Walker McCann recovered for the Indians with about five minutes to go inside Lions territory.

With less than two minutes left, the Indians went into the “victory formation” at about the Union Grove 10 as the game clock ran down.

(See Union Grove game, Indians season statistics HERE )

Score by Quarters:

Indians            12     7     19     7 — 45

Union Grove     0     0      0     0 —   0


Coach Paul Gould said he thought the Indians were prepared and ready to play on both offense and defense against Union Grove.

“We (the coaches) stressed that we wanted them to not only start fast but continue throughout the remainder of the game,” he said. “That’s what they did.”

He said the Indians defense played well, forcing five turnovers and allowing the Lions only 87 total yards.

On offense, Coach Gould said the Indians had one of their better games. He said the Indians used eight running backs and they all contributed 500 yards rushing as a team. He attributed a lot of the rushing yards to the continually improving offensive line.

Leading rusher was Hicks with 188 yards on 12 carries and three touchdowns. Davis had 82 yards on 7 carries and a touchdown. Rogers had 81 yards on 6 carries and two TDs. Benton Allen had two carries for 50 yards. Braylon Donnell had 5 carries for 43 yards and Lemay had one carry for 35 yards and a touchdown.

The Indians coach said he thought Conlan Lemay had an outstanding game on both offense and defense. He also praised the Tribe quarterback Hicks for a good game, both for 188 yards running and with 109 yards, completing 6 of 12,  passing the football.

Because Union Grove did not field a junior varsity team on Sept. 29 against the Indians JV, the coaches were able to bring up the Frankston JV players for the varsity game and some got to see action.

All this, he said, was against a scrappy Union Grove team.

Looking ahead to the Homecoming game against Big Sandy on Friday, Oct. 7, Coach Gould said the Indians have to be prepared and focused against the steadily improving Wildcats team. Kickoff will be at 7:30 p.m. at Jeff and Opal Austin Stadium.

He said Big Sandy, who defeated Ore City 21-0 on Friday night, are big and have some players who can run the ball. He said the Wildcats’ quarterback throws the ball well and the Wildcats, who use a spread offense, have been successful passing in some of their games.

Defensively, they line up in a 3-4 defense, shifting to fit the situation. He said the Wildcats have “two really good linebackers”.

He said the Wildcats return seven offensive starters and eight on defense from a year ago.

“Big Sandy is a good team,” Coach Gould stressed.

They come into the game with Frankston with a 2-4 season record and are 1-1 in district play. They lost early to Prairieland 41-7 and to Quitman 42-8 before defeating Linden-Kildare 20-8 and losing to Alba-Golden 43-25. In their district opener they lost to formidable Beckville 56-0 before their 21-0 win over Ore City on Friday night.


Indians 7th, 8th grade teams down Union Grove

The Frankston Eighth Grade Braves defeated their Union Grove counterparts 42-0 and the Seventh Grade Braves outscored Union Grove in a scrimmage three scores to one.

No junior varsity game was played, because Big Sandy did not field a JV team.

The Frankston sub-varsity teams will go to Big Sandy on Thursday, Oct. 6 with action starting at 5 p.m.

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2022 Maidens varsity volleyball team

2022 Maidens Varsity Volleyball Team

See Junior Varsity Pictures  HERE                                   — Citizen Photo

 Maidens defeat Trinidad 3-0

in non-district match Sept. 27

The Frankston Maidens varsity volleyball team defeated Trinidad 3-0 on the road on Tuesday, Sept. 27 in a non-district match, according to a report by Coach Lisa Hokit.

The Maidens will now have two open dates, unless additional matches can be arranged. They are scheduled to open District 21-2A competition on Saturday, Oct. 8 at Robert Loper Coliseum with junior varsity action beginning at 1 p.m.

Against Trinidad, the Maidens and Lady Trojans had a close contest in the first set, before the Maidens won 26-24. However, they had an easier time in the other two sets, winning the second 25-16 and 25-10 in the third and deciding set of the best of five match.

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‘Legends’ give Maidens workout

but fall 0-3 in competitive match

The Frankston Maidens varsity volleyball team got a good workout Friday afternoon, Sept. 23 against players from previous Maidens volleyball teams in a match labeled, “Maidens vs. Legends” at Robert Loper Coliseum in Frankston.

Both teams seemed to be having fun, but it was designed to give the Maidens some extra practice, given that there are several open dates before they actually begin district competition. The district is smaller than usual this year and many other districts have already started their league competition.

Legends Timeout

Legends planning strategy

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The Maidens won the match 25-21, 25-14, 26-24 but the Legends gave the 2022 Maidens some competition, particularly in the first and third sets.

Playing for the Legends were such competitive former players as Kaitlyn Matthews, Maggie Caveness, Gracie Roark, Emily Bizzell, Abbie Ramsey, Haidyn Hokit and Melanie Pizano.

The Maidens varsity has one more non-district match scheduled on Tuesday, Sept. 27 at Trinidad. After that they have two open dates on Sept. 30 and Oct 4, before they host Kerens for a district match on Saturday, Oct. 8.  

(See Group Courtesy Photo HERE )

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Maidens varsity hustles to 3-0

win over Alba-Golden Sept. 20

The Frankston Maidens varsity volleyball team hustled to a 3-0 win over Alba-Golden Tuesday, Sept. 20 and the Junior Varsity Blue team won 2-0 in an earlier match at the Robert Loper Coliseum in Frankston.

The Alba-Golden varsity came into the non-district match with a 13-10 varsity record.

The Maidens varsity won a hotly-contested first set 25-22 and then took the second set 25-17. In the third set, the Maidens had to overcome an early deficit and finally evened the score at 17-17. They were to win the next five points before Alba-Golden could score another point to make it 22-18. The Maidens were able to score the three more points needed to win the match while Alba-Golden was scoring four to make it close at 25-22. (See Video Clip HERE )

In the JV Blue match with Alba-Golden, the Frankston girls won the first set 25-9 and held off their opponents in the second and deciding set 25-17 in the best of three set match.

Coach Lisa Hokit had words of praise for the Maidens’ effort.

“I am so proud of the way we played tonight. This is what I see in practice,” the coach said. “Great things happen when everyone comes together to play as a team.”

The Maidens coach said she hopes the Maidens can continue this type of play, but it will be difficult with all the holes coming up in our schedule. She said Friday is when most districts will start district play, but with our small district this year we are starting much later.

Coach Hokit said she has reached out to recent former players in hopes they would help us fill one of our open dates.

“I am beyond grateful that some were able to accommodate me and continue to give back to the program,” she said.

As a result, the “Maidens vs Legends” scrimmage is slated for Friday, Sept. 23 at 4:30 p.m. at the Robert Loper Coliseum, the coach announced.

The Maidens varsity plays its final non-district match on Tuesday, Sept. 27 at Trinidad. District competition is scheduled to begin on Saturday, Oct. 8 at the Loper Coliseum with matches against Kerens.

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Maidens varsity, JV get sweep

over Fruitvale in Sept. 16 tests

The Frankston Maidens varsity and junior varsity volleyball teams came away with a sweep against Fruitvale Friday, Sept. 16 in non-district action at the Robert Loper Coliseum in Frankston.

As is customary on Fridays, the varsity went first. It took four sets, but the Maidens took a 3-1 win over the Fruitvale varsity. They’d won the first set 25-15 and then lost in the second set in a battle 23-25. The Frankston girls came roaring back with a 25-16 third set and then won the fourth set and the match 25-18.

(Watch Video Clip HERE )

The Junior Varsity Blue team won 2-0 in a best of three match, but the deciding second set went down to the wire. They won the first set 25-19 but Fruitvale gave them a fight for the second set. The Maidens finally won it and the match 27-25.

The JV White team followed suit with a 2-0 win. After taking a commanding 25-13 win in the first set, they had a tussle at the end of the second and deciding set, finally winning 30-28.

The varsity and JV Blue teams will be at home on Tuesday, Sept. 20 against Alba-Golden with action starting at 5 p.m. Then they will enjoy an open date on Friday, Sept. 23. • © The frankston citizen 1999-2022