McMain High School broke open a scoreless game with two touchdowns late in the first half and shut out Franklin 20-0 win on Saturday night at Pan American Stadium.
Darnell Williams tossed two touchdowns to Jamairyn Wallace and ran for another as the Mustangs improved to 2-1 while Franklin fell to 0-3.
After both offenses struggled much of the first half, McMain finally broke through.
A roughing-the-passer penalty on a third-and-14 kept McMain’s drive alive. The Mustangs offense suddenly found their rhythm as quarterback Williams found Wallace for a 10-yard touchdown pass.
That put McMain up 6-0 with 4:48 left in the second quarter after the try for two points failed.
McMain got the ball right back after forcing a fumble and recovering it deep in Franklin territory.
Williams found Wallace again, this time from 16 yards out and another touchdown with 43 seconds left in the half.
The two-point attempt was successful this time and McMain led 14-0 at the break.
Williams scored the final touchdown of the game, this time on the ground. The McMain quarterback dashed into the end zone from 4 yards out to put McMain up 20-0 late with 1:23 remaining in the third quarter to put the game out of reach.
Franklin looked like it may have found a spark at the end of the third quarter after quarterback David Kinchen ripped off a 46-yard run deep into Mustang territory, but McMain forced another turnover to end the threat. The score would hold up for the rest of the game.
Neither team could get their offenses going for most of the first half.
McMain managed to string a few drives into Franklin territory, but couldn’t convert any into points.
Franklin could not keep its offense on the field in the first 24 minutes, achieving just three first downs, one of which came from a penalty.
McMain 20, Franklin 0
Franklin -- 0 0 0 0 — 0
McMain -- 0 14 6 0 — 20
M Wallace 10 yard pass from Williams. (conversion failed)
M Wallace 15 yard pass from Williams (conversion good)
M Williams 4 yard run (conversion failed)