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Indians win first 9-2A game 34-3

over Big Sandy at Homecoming

The Frankston Indians got off to a slow start but took a 13-3 lead at halftime over Big Sandy Friday night, Sept. 24 and went on to win their first District 9-2A game 34-3 before a large Homecoming crowd at Jeff and Opal Austin Stadium.

The Tribe offense had trouble getting their offense going in the first quarter, thanks to errors but the defense held off Big Sandy and allowed them only 3 points with a 35-yard field goal byJake Johnson with 6:56 left in the quarter.

However early in the second quarter, the defense continued to do their thing and the offense got things rolling on their first possession, driving 45 yards for a score, mostly using the running of sophomore running back Kaymon Davis who carried the ball repeated times to set up a first down at the Big Sandy 4. Two plays later senior quarterback Cael Bruno ran in for the score with 8:57 to go in the half. Clayton Merritt booted the extra point and the Indians led 7-3.

When Big Sandy got the ball on the following possession, their hopes for a quick comeback were shattered when a pass by Wildcats quarterback Jezreel Bachert was intercepted by Tribe freshman linebacker Tyler Rogers who returned the ball to the Big Sandy 46. After a loss and a penalty, the Indians were set back to their own 46, but Bruno went to the air and found Isaiah Allen with a 41-yard pass to move the Indians to the Wildcats’ 13. After a two-yard run by Bruno, Davis took off for 10 yards to the one-yard-line. Bruno did the rest, going the yard for the score with 2:40 left in the half. A charging Big Sandy defense blocked Merritt’s PAT kick but the Indians led 13-0.

Big Sandy tried a comeback before the half ended, driving to the Indian 25, but their drive had taken too long and with seven seconds left in the half, they were forced to try a 42-yard field goal. However, the Indians rushed the kicker and blocked his kick try as the half ended.

The Indian defense forced Big Sandy to punt on the Wildcats’ first possession of the second half. After the punt return, the Indians were in business at their own 38. From there, Bruno ran for 19 to the Big Sandy 43. Davis then rushed for seven more yards to the 36 before outrunning defenders for 36 yards and a score with 9:01 left in the quarter. Merritt’s PAT kick was good and the Indians padded their lead to 20-3.

That was to be the only scoring for the remainder of the third quarter, but the Indians were not finished. After holding Big Sandy on downs inside Indian territory at the 38, the Tribe’s Davis put together three runs of 15, 14 and 2 to reach the Big Sandy 27. On second down Bruno found  junior wide receiver Kody Loebig streaking down near the goal and Loebig hauled in the aerial for a 27-yard touchdown play. With 7:32 left in the game, Merritt’s PAT kick was good and the Indians led 27-3.

When the Wildcats received the kickoff, they could get no farther than their own 10. A play later a Big Sandy ball carrier fumbled when an aggressive Tribe defense corraled him at the 9. From there freshman running back Rogers found a hole and raced the distance to paydirt, only 16 seconds after the previous Tribe score. Merritt’s PAT kick was good and the Indians had their 34-3 winning margin.

Big Sandy made one more serious drive to try to score their first touchdown but a loss and a 15-yard penalty cost them after a successful pass got them to the Indian 10. Two plays later, and on fourth down, Alex Christensen caught a Bachert pass for 15 yards to the 20 but it was not enough for the first down and the Indians took over to run out the clock and assure their 34-3 victory.

In sub-varsity action on Thursday, Sept. 23, the junior varsity lost 22-6. The eighth graders won 28-8 and the seventh graders won a scrimmage scoring one TD to none for their Big Sandy counterparts.

The Indians have a bye next Friday, Oct. 1, before continuing district play at Carlisle on Oct. 8.

Score by Quarters:

Big Sandy     3      0    0      0 —    3

Frankston    0    13    7    14 —  34

(Big Sandy Game Statistics HERE )

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Late TD boosts Indians to 27-26

win over Queen City Sept. 17

The Frankston Indians turned a fourth quarter touchdown with only minutes to go into enough to defeat the resurgent Queen City Bulldogs 27-26 Friday night, Sept. 17 at Queen City.

Bruno for first down

BRUNO RUSHES — Frankston senior quarterback Cael Bruno (5) struggles for a first down against Queen City Friday night, Sept. 17.

— Laurie Gould Photo

The Indians had taken a 21-6 lead into the dressing room at halftime and looked like they might have the game under control. However, Queen City came back in the third quarter with another touchdown to make it 20-12 going into the fourth quarter while the Indians failed to score in the period.

Early in the fourth quarter, the Bulldogs scored and ran for two points to narrow the Tribe lead to 21-20 while the Indian offense was unable to reach paydirt. The Indians defense managed to hold Queen City on fourth down on two occasions in the quarter and the second time they stopped the Bulldogs inside the 20.

Unfortunately for the Tribe, shortly after the turnover, they fumbled and Queen City took over in Indian territory at the 28 and turned their opportunity into a score to go ahead 26-21 when their PAT run failed.

The Indians took the ensuing kickoff and, in short order, scored their first touchdown of the second half. The two-point PAT try failed but the Indians had a 27-26 lead with just over a minute to go in the game.

The Indians defense held the Bulldogs on fourth down with less than a minute to go to preserve their 27-26 victory.

Bruno hands off

DAVIS TAKES HANDOFF — Indians sophomore running back Kaymon Davis (10) takes a handoff and begins one of his key runs against Queen City Friday, Sept. 17.

— Laurie Gould Photo

Frankston scored on their first possession of the game with sophomore running back Kaymon Davis taking the handoff and running 10 yards for the score. Clayton Merritt booted the extra point and the Indians led 7-0.

Isaiah Allen ruined the Bulldogs’ first possession as he intercepted the ball and returned it to the Bulldog 30. Shortly afterward, Tribe quarterback Cael Bruno ran in for a score from five yards out, but the PAT try failed and FHS had a 13-0 lead.

The Indians held that lead into the second quarter and forced Queen City to punt.   Unfortunately for the Indians, the Bulldogs intercepted a Tribe pass and started a drive on their own 45. Moments later they scored on a run to narrow the Indian lead to 13-6 when the PAT kick failed.

The two teams exchanged punts but when Frankston received the Bulldog punt they began a drive on their own 35 and moved the chains upfield to the Queen City 9. From there Quarterback Bruno ran for the TD and kept for the two-point conversion to pad the Tribe lead to 21-6 late in the second quarter.

(See Complete Article HERE )

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VOLLEYBALL

Maidens defeat Kerens 3-1 in key

win against Class 2A district team

The Frankston Maidens varsity volleyball team won their third District 21-2A match Friday, Sept. 24 when they defeated Class 2A Kerens 3-1 at the FHS gym.

The Maidens won the first set handily 25-17, but got off to a slow start early in the second set and despite a strong effort to come back, fell 19-25. In the third set, it was close in early going but the Maidens took control later and finished with a 25-13 win over the competitive Kerens team. In the fourth and decisive set, the Frankston girls started off strong and held a commanding lead throughout the set, winning  25-13 and taking the best 3 of 5 match by 3-1.

The Maidens Junior Varsity Blue team defeated Kerens in two sets. Further details were not immediately available.

The Maidens are scheduled to go to Cross Roads on Tuesday, Sept. 28 for a 5 p.m. start and then on Friday, Oct. 1, the varsity will host Trinidad at 4:30 p.m.

(See Video Clip of Maidens vs Kerens varsity HERE )

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