Country Day cruised to a 32-3 victory over Ben Franklin thanks to some big plays.
Ben Franklin and Country Day entered Friday’s nondistrict contest with 1-0 records. After a 90-minute lighting strike delay nearly ended the game, both teams finally got underway at Falcon Stadium.
Three early first-half scores were key for the Cajuns. Junior wide receiver Trey Harrell provided most of the offensive excitement. Harrell finished with 85 yards receiving and one touchdown. He added 85 yards from punt returns through the opening 30 minutes. Fellow junior Jase Griffin was a workhorse between the tackles, adding 77 yards and two scores on nine carries. His two first-half touchdowns help put the Cajuns up 19-0 in the first half.
Coach Richard Wood said that his guys starting to settle down once the rain subsided.
“We came out pretty sluggish due to the rain, but got going after a few drives” said Wood. “My plans were to run it often despite the weather. I wanted to get the ball into Trey and Jase’s hands because they are our playmakers. (The Falcons) knew we wanted to run the ball, and it prompted us to take some shots through the air.”
The Falcons never got going in the first half and didn’t cross midfield until early in the second quarter. By halftime the offense managed 30 yards on four possessions.
Ben Franklin’s kicker, Miles McGuire provided his team’s only points, connecting on a 20-yard field goal, after a 10-play drive to start the second half.
Despite four turnovers, the Cajuns offense made plays when they needed. Senior quarterback Morgan Farrell connected with Harrell on a 50-yard touchdown pass to put the Cajuns up 26 points with just under six minutes left in the third quarter. Farrell completed 5 out of 7 passes for 164 yards and two touchdowns.
“We came out and executed the game plan as a team,” said Harrell. “I just wanted to answer when my number was called, and I think we did our job well as a team. We ran the veer until the rain dried up. That allowed us to take shots down field once it was dry.”
Ben Franklin coach Wally Scott said his team gave a really good effort, despite losing by 29 points.
“I felt our players gave a pretty good effort in the rain, ”Scott said. “There were opportunities in the game where we could have made big plays, but we didn’t. We are missing some guys, but I felt we competed pretty well.
“The rain hampered us a bit, but because we don’t throw the ball well, we struggled in the elements. We need to improve on our ability to complete passes. It bothered us a lot tonight, but (the Cajuns) were just fine. They were good in all areas. We just have to improve heading into next week.”
Ben Franklin finished with 94 yards rushing on 29 attempts.