Six first-half touchdowns helped propel De La Salle to a 49-3 victory over the Ben Franklin on Friday.
The Cavaliers led by 39 points at halftime thanks to tough running from sophomore Ricco Wheat. Wheat had touchdown runs of 11 and 20 yards and carried the ball seven times for 51 yards. He also added a receiving touchdown after a botched field goal attempt-turned pass to conclude the Cavaliers scoring at the start of the fourth quarter.
Cavaliers coach Ryan Manale liked what he saw in the first half.
“I was really happy and thought we played really well as a team,” Manale said. “We had only a kickoff return that resulted in three points for the other team, but overall I was pleased with the first half play. We got up quick, and we were not worried about stats.
“We went out and executed, and a lot of young guys played well. We have a sophomore back in Myles Ward, and he did some really good things out there today. Everything from here on out turns up for us and gains importance. Our schedule gets tougher, and we just have to continue to play at a high level.”
The Falcons lone score came on the leg of sophomore Miles McGuire, when he nailed a 50-yard field goal with 2:01 left in the first half.
Quarterback Shiloh Kirksey led the Falcons in rushing with 18 yards on 10 carries. Junior Jack Heyl added 14 yards on nine carries.
“It wasn’t very good for us today,” Franklin coach Wally Scott said.
“We had the one shining moment on the 50 yard field goal. That was big for us. Miles is a good kid who is just learning how to play football.
“We also had a big kickoff return that sparked some momentum for us, but we couldn’t take advantage of it. We have to get better blocking and tackling if we want to progress. We are still kind of injured, but we should be ok next week.”
The scoring started on the first touch for the Cavaliers, when junior Semaj Lewis took the opening kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown.
Cavaliers sophomore Cole Lewis only carried the ball six times for 18 yards, but had touchdowns runs of 3 and 20 yards.
Senior Victor Grimes kept the momentum going when he tossed an 11-yard touchdown pass to junior Earl Vincent to go up 21-0 in the first quarter.
The Cavaliers reserves entered early in third quarter. Seven players carried the ball for the Cavaliers en route to a 218-yard and four- touchdown rushing output.
The Falcons are back in action next week on the road against rival Lusher Charter. Meanwhile the Cavaliers (4-1) travel to play McMain next Saturday.