Franklin County rolls past Crystal Springs

Published 12:01 am Saturday, August 15, 2015

MEADVILLE — The Franklin County Bulldogs played as close to mistake-free football as one could play in a jamboree game as they shut out the Crystal Springs Tigers 21-0 Friday night at the Franklin County Jamboree.

Sophomore quarterback Jacob McDaniel had a solid performance under center. He completed five of 10 passes for 57 yards and no interceptions. He also scored on a 2-yard run with five seconds left in the first quarter that gave Franklin County a 7-0 lead.

“For a sophomore coming right out of the gates, he did good,” Bulldogs head coach Anthony Hart said about McDaniel. “He read the defense. He made good throws. He made good reads in the running game.”

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Hart added that that offensive line gave McDaniel plenty of time to throw the ball.

“He had time to look at his second guys. He managed (the offense) well,” Hart said.

Cortney Smith led the Bulldogs’ running game with 53 yards on 10 carries, including an 18-yard touchdown run at the 7:48 mark of the second quarter. Isaiah Elam had three catches for 32 yards.

“Cortney had some good runs. De’martre Collins had some nice runs and catches. Isaiah had some good catches,” Hart said. “The offensive line has some new players. For the first time out, it was okay.”

Not to be outdone, Franklin County’s defense had a strong performance. The Bulldogs held Crystal Springs to 70 total yards and came up with three sacks – one each by Chris O’Quinn, Marquis Hunt and Dominique White. O’Quinn finished with six tackles while Hunt and Marquavis Dunn had four tackles each, and White had three tackles.

And if that wasn’t enough, Deion Buckles intercepted a pass and returned it 91 yards for a touchdown.

“Defensively, as a unit, we ran to the ball well. We started six sophomores on defense, which is a good thing,” Hart said.

Hart said that he was also pleased his team turned the ball over just once and committed only one penalty in the two-quarter game.

Franklin County begins its 2015 season next Friday at 7 p.m. with a home game against Brookhaven.