Week 4 Game Summary Franklin v Brentwood

By Maurice Patton

Overcoming a rough start, Franklin achieved a rare feat Friday night with its 41-7 win over visiting Brentwood.

“There are not many senior classes here that can say they didn’t lose to Brentwood,” coach Donnie Webb said after his Rebels committed three fumbles on their opening three possessions and trailed 7-0 midway through ff-brentwood-summary-pic-1the opening quarter but rallied to improve to 3-1.

“We told them this week, they had an opportunity to do something very few people have done – certainly not since I’ve been here.”

After struggling to close their initial two outings, the Rebels have outscored their last two opponents 69-13. Carter Hendry’s 46-yard pass to Alex Gaca just before the end of the first quarter tied the game, and Franklin never let up on either side of the ball.

“It really did get away from (Brentwood) once we got it rolling offensively,” Webb said after the Rebels amassed 466 total yards and a season high in points. “We got that first touchdown to tie it up, and from that point on, we weren’t only matching their intensity – I thought we were being the aggressor. We were being a little more physical than they were. We were getting more than one hat to the football defensively. There was a sense of urgency.

“I know we’ve challenged them. I don’t think we’d practiced very well (earlier), and I think that was showing up on Friday nights, losing focus, not finishing. I think our senior class finally decided they needed to be the leaders of the football team and took a step forward with that.”

Wes Patterson threw for two more scores – one each to J.P. Batarseh and Gaca – with Mitch Rosff-brentwood-summary-pic-2si and Gentry Neese adding rushing touchdowns and Christopher Miller-Hill connecting on a pair of field goals.

Rossi just missed the 100-yard mark for the second straight week, finishing with a team-high 97 on nine carries. He now has 431 rushing yards in four games.

Brentwood (1-3) finished with 163 offensive yards in losing its second straight game, as well as its fourth in the series.

Franklin returns to Region 3-6A play Friday with a trip to Ravenwood (2-2, 1-0).

“The motivation ought to be there for us,” Webb said of the upco ming matchup against the reigning state champions. “It’s a region game, and we’re going from a team our seniors have never lost to, to one they’ve never beaten.”

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