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Indians take key victory 45-34

over Union Grove on Oct. 23

The Frankston Indians set the tone for what was to come Friday night, Oct. 23 when they returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown.

They went on to defeat the Gladewater Union Grove Lions 45-34 in a key District 9-AA football contest at Austin Stadium in Frankston.

The Indians needed the win to have a chance at finishing as fourth seed in the Class AA playoffs. Their win evened their district record at 2-2, dropping the Lions to 1-3 in district.

The touchdown on the opening kickoff thrilled Indian fans and surprised the Lion faithful, not to speak of the Lions themselves. Junior Clayton Merritt gathered in the kickoff, found a lane on his right and raced down the sidelines some 70 yards to paydirt. The junior place kicker then booted the extra point to give the Indians a 7-0 lead with only 12 ticks gone on the scoreboard clock.

BRUNO SCORES — Indian junior Cael Bruno (5) pulls in a Brink Bizzell pass for a TD Friday night, Oct. 23 against Union Grove. — Courtesy Photo

The Indians were to pad their lead with 4:51 left in the quarter as junior running back K.J. Hawkins burst through the Lion defense from five yards out to score. The PAT try failed but the Tribe held an early 13-0 lead.

Union Grove was able to come back  to score their first touchdown and convert on a two-point try to narrow the lead  to 13-8.

Frankston increased their lead late in the first half as Brink Bizzell found Cael Bruno at the goal line with a scoring pass to give the Indians a 19-8 lead at halftime.

Both teams made things more interesting for those who liked more scoring in the second half.

In the third quarter, Hawkins recovered a Union Grove fumble and returned it 75 yards for a touchdown. A try for two points failed, but the Indians now led 25-8.

The Indians were to increase their lead to 31-8 as Kody Loebig scored on a 34-yard pass from quarterback Brink Bizzell to make the score 31-8.

Union Grove was to come back with two scores of their own, narrowing the Tribe lead to 31-20.

However, the Indians had their answer as Bizzell launched an aerial to junior Cael Bruno that covered 32 yards and increased the FHS lead to 37-20.

Union Grove answered with a touchdown to make the score 37-28, but Hawkins scored for the Indians and the two-point conversion try was successful to make the score 45-28.

Union Grove was to score one more time before contest ended, but the Indians had secured their 45-34 victory.

Coach Paul Gould said Bruno, Loebig and Hawkins excelled on offense and he praised the defensive line play of senior Juan Perez and junior Alex Oxford.

The Indian coach was glad to get the win and gave his team much credit for their effort.

Frankston now faces a challenge as they journey to meet the Linden-Kildare Tigers at 7:30 p.m. at Jack Hetherington Tiger Stadium. The Tigers defeated Big Sandy 52-0 in their Friday night contest.

Coach Gould said the Indians must stop an effective Tiger running game launched from a slot-T formation. He said the Tigers are big and have a couple of good running backs.

Defensively, they will try to stop the Indian offense with a split 6 defense.

K.J. RAMBLES — Above left, Frankston junior running back K.J Hawkins (21) picks up yardage against Union Grove Friday night, Oct. 23 as the Indians won a key district game 45-34 in Austin Stadium. — Courtesy Photo

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(Watch for Statistics to follow later)                 (Last week’s game article HERE )

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Congratulations Maidens

GOING TO AA PLAYOFFS — The 2020 Frankston Maidens varsity volleyball team has won first place over AA teams in District 21-AA  and will be going to the first round of the state Class AA playoffs against District 22-AA fourth place team, Normangee, on Thursday, Oct. 29 at Elkhart at 6 p.m. — Courtesy Photo • © The frankston citizen 1999-2020