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Indians jump out to early lead

to win over Union Grove 35-6

The Frankston Indians varsity football team dominated play Thursday, Oct. 21 to defeat the Union Grove Lions 35-6 in a District 9-2A-1 game at Gladewater.

The win boosted the Indians’ season record to 4-4 and the district mark to 2-2 with two more district games to go.

According to information confirmed by Tribe Coach Paul Gould, the Indians scored early in the contest to take a 7-0 lead in first quarter.

After receiving the football on the opening kickoff, the Lions were unable to sustain a drive and punted to the Indians.

The Tribe took over deep in their own territory near the 20 and began a drive which, minutes later, resulted in a 40-yard touchdown run by sophomore running back Kaymon Davis. Coleman Merritt booted the extra point to put the Indians on top 7-0.

Bruno rambles

BRUNO KEEPER — Indians senior quarterback Cael Bruno (5) takes advantage of a block by Alex Oxford (60) for a big gainer Thursday night, Oct. 21 at Union Grove. — Laurie Gould Photo

The Indian defense was able to stop the Lions on their next possession on fourth down in Indian territory and had possession as the first quarter ended.

Early in the second quarter, the Indians climaxed a drive which again called on Davis to run a yard for his second touchdown of the night. Merritt added the extra point and the Indians led 14-0, which turned out to be the halftime score.

After receiving the ball on the ensuing kickoff, the Lions were unable to sustain a drive and punted to the Indians, who maintained possession until halftime.

The Indians received the second half kickoff and, in short order, the Indians’ sophomore running back Davis took off on a 65-yard run to put the Indians ahead 20-0 with only seconds gone in the third quarter. The PAT kick attempt failed.

After the kickoff to the Lions, their offensive attempts were cut short when Tribe senior Austin Boggs intercepted a Union Grove pass and the Indians took over in Lions territory. Minutes later, freshman running back Reese Hicks ran in from a yard out for a score. Merritt added the extra point and the Indians had extended their lead to 27-0.

Reese Hicks run

REESE HICKS RAMBLES — Indians freshman back Reese Hicks(4) weaves through the Union Grove defense for yardage Thursday night, Oct. 21.

— Laurie Gould Photo

A scoring drive for the Lions was thwarted when they fumbled and Frankston senior Bayne Bacon recovered just short of the Indians’ goal line.

However, shortly afterward, the Lions stopped the Indians drive when they recovered a Tribe fumble in Indian territory and were driving toward paydirt when the third quarter ended.

The Lions managed to move the football inside the Indians 10 but were unable to convert on fourth down and turned the ball over to the Indians.

Moments later, the Indians moved the ball upfield and senior Isaiah Allen caught a pass from senior quarterback Cael Bruno for 88 yards and a score. The Indians converted on a two-point run and went ahead 35-0.

After the Indians kickoff to the Lions, Union Grove was able to move the ball for their only score. Their PAT attempt failed and the score was 35-6.

The Indians were able to hold onto the ball after the ensuing kickoff until the game ended.

According to statistics compiled by Coach Gould, leading rusher for the Indians was Kaymon Davis with 11 carries for 161 yards and three touchdowns. Bruno ran for 85 yards on eight carries. Freshman Tyler Rogers got 74 yards on six carries and Freshman Reese Hicks carried nine times for 70 yards. The team rushing total was 390 yards.

Leading receiver was Isaiah Allen who caught three passes for 108 yards and a touchdown. Bruno completed 5 of 12 passes for 135 yards and one TD.

This week, in another Thursday night game, the Indians will be hosting Linden-Kildare on Oct. 28 at 7 p.m. It will be Senior Night for Frankston.

Coach Paul Gould was happy about the win. He said he thought the Indians played well and were efficient offensively during the game.

He had words of praise for the entire offensive line and also recognized the rushing performances of Kaymon Davis, Tyler Rogers and Reese Hicks.

Defensively, he thought the Indians were tough, allowing less than 100 yards rushing. The Indian coach said linebackers Jared Cook and Rogers had a good night.

Even though the Indians were able to move the football well, the Indian coach said Union Grove was scrappy and played hard, trying to keep the football away from the efficient Indian offense.

Looking ahead to the Thursday night game with Linden-Kildare, he noted that they had won over Big Sandy 28-21 the week before and he compared them to Queen City, a non-district opponent which the Indians edged out 27-26.

Coach Gould said the Tigers have two good running backs with breakaway speed who run well behind a pretty good size offensive line with good quickness. They mount their basic run-oriented offense with timely passes out of a Pro-I but try to confuse defensive with multiple sets, he said.

Defensively, he expects the Indians to have to be alert to the Tigers’ multiple defensive alignments out of a basic Split 6 to be effective in their offensive attack and continue to play errorless ball.

In sub-varsity action, the undefeated eighth grade Indian Braves dominated their Union Grove counterparts 44-0. Earlier the seventh grade Indians took a 30-0 win. Union Grove did not field a junior varsity team.

This week, on Wednesday, Oct. 27, the eighth grade will play an “away” game against a combined 7th and 8th grade team from Linden-Kildare starting at 5 p.m. followed by the junior varsity contest. The seventh graders will be participating in an intra-squad scrimmage on Tuesday here, the coach said.

(See Frankston-Union Grove and cumulative statistics HERE .)

Score by Quarters:

Frankston        7    7    13    8 — 35

Union Grove   0     0     0     6 —   6

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VOLLEYBALL

Maidens 3, Trinidad 0    FINAL

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Maidens varsity tops Cross Roads

3-1 in crucial match of 2A teams

The Frankston Maidens varsity volleyball team increased their chances of being the second seed in the playoffs among Class 2A teams in District 21-AA Friday, Oct. 22 defeating Cross Roads 3-1 at the FHS gym.

Haidyn at net

BATTLE AT NET — Maidens senior Haidyn Hokit (14) leaps high at the net against a Cross Roads opponent Friday, Oct. 22 in the FHS gym. 

— Courtesy Photo

The Maidens are now 8-5 while Cross Roads drops back to 7-6. Cayuga kept its hold on the first seed with a 3-0 win over Grapeland. Kerens and Cross Roads are scheduled to play on Tuesday, Oct. 26 to determine their playoff seeding.

In the key battle between two strong teams vying for second place, the Maidens fell to Cross Roads 20-25 in the first set, despite coming on strong late in the set and threatening to win. In the second set they had to fight their way back, but thanks to some good serving and net play, the Maidens grabbed a 26-24 win.

The win in the second set made it 1-1 and the Maidens got into the groove in the last two 25-11, 25-11 to win the match.

The fact that it was Senior Night didn’t seem a distraction for the Maiden varsity, particularly in the late sets.

Honored between the varsity and junior varsity matches, were the six seniors on the team. They are Brianna (Bri) Looney, Haidyn Hokit, Maggie Caveness, Gracie Roark, Kaitlyn Matthews and Tia Billingsly. Tia had played on the team for three years prior but this year was sidelined recovering from an injury suffered last year in basketball.

Gracie with spike

Coach Lisa Hokit had words of praise for the Maidens team.

“We started off a little rough but never lost our will to win,” the coach said. “These girls’ resiliency to bounce back and even out their play has come on strong lately.”

She had special words for the team’s seniors.

“I am so proud and thankful for our seniors,” Coach Hokit said. “Every single one of them makes up a huge part of this team’s dynamics.”

In the junior varsity match that followed, the Maidens JV played Cross Roads close in the first set, losing 22-25 and lost the second match set 18-25 despite attempting a late comeback.

GRACIE RETURNS VOLLEYBALL — Above left, Maidens senior Gracie Roark (17) goes high to return the volleyball over the outstretched arms of a Cross Roads player on Friday, Oct. 22. The Maidens won the crucial match 3-1. — Courtesy Photo

(Video Clip of Maidens-Cross Roads match HERE )  

2021 Volleyball Seniors

MAIDENS VOLLEYBALL SENIORS HONORED — Seniors on the 2021 Frankston Maidens volleyball team were recognized and honored Friday, Oct. 22 between varsity snd junior varsity matches with Cross Roads at the FHS gym.

— Courtesy  Photo


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