Having the biggest game of your young prep career is an awesome accomplishment on any level. Helping lead your team to a dominating win is even more gratifying.
Ben Franklin played a complete game on both sides of the ball to defeat Crescent City 22-0 Friday. Sophomore Matthew Winfield rushed for 127 yards on 22 carries to spark the Falcons (2-6). Crescent City fell to 1-6.
Despite the game being played on Ben Franklin’s home field, the Falcons were officially the road team because of stadium scheduling difficulties. That seemed to be just fine with Franklin coach Wally Scott.
“Win No. 2 feels great, and that’s all I can say,” Scott said. “It was hard-fought game on both sides. We were just lucky enough to come out on top. We did a lot of the things that we wanted to do, and I have to take my hat off to the players. A win like this is big for my team’s confidence and our fan base. It gives us some momentum heading into our last two games.”
Scott may have been proud of his team’s performance as a whole, but it was evident the day belonged to Winfield. He had touchdown runs of 1, 15 and 65 yards, before leaving early in the fourth quarter with a minor foot injury.
“After the first half, I felt I was stronger, and I played like it,” Winfield said. “This was my best performance by far, and I know now I’m better than I thought I was coming in. I had a lot of confidence during the game and I knew I just had to stay focused and not get caught from behind. I can’t express how happy I feel, but I know I just feel great.”
The game’s final score came on a 15-yard run by Winfield to put the Falcons up 22-0 in the fourth quarter. The Pioneers had their chances to score.
Quarterback Eric Hamrick put together some nice drives, including two 10-play drives that ended in turnovers. Hamrick was 3-of-10 passing with 44 yards and two interceptions. He reeled off runs of 20, 29 and 28 yards and finished with 106 yards on 13 carries.
Winfield’s 1-yard run with 8:51 left in the second quarter put Franklin up 6-0. The Falcons scored on their next series thanks to Winfield’s 65-yard run that gave them a 14-0 lead going into halftime.
Pioneers coach Eros Sanchez said that his team’s inability to limit mistakes led to their demise.
“We came out slow, and we certainly hurt ourselves by putting the ball on the ground,” said Sanchez. “Anytime you don’t come out with all pistons firing it’s going to hurt you.
“We had a few things working, but turnovers just took our momentum. It is always a hard pill to swallow when you make mistakes that could be avoided. We left a lot of plays and points on the field. We will build on this and get better. Practice will be essential to figuring out our mistakes, and we will go from there in our preparations for next week.”
Ben Franklin forced five turnovers and cornerback David St. Etienne intercepted two passes.
to help lead the defense to their first shutout and first win since early September.