After failing to score an offensive touchdown in the first half with a passing-oriented attack, Franklinton went to the ground in the second half.
Sophomore quarterback Kyeon Spencer made the strategy pay off, scoring on two keepers to spark the Rams (2-1) to a 31-14 nonconference prep football victory at Princeton (0-2).
The 2A Rams had a 10-8 halftime lead after getting a 34-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown in the first quarter.
In the second half, Spencer came on for Avery Wilder — who passed for 94 yards in the first half, but could not get the ball in the end zone – and the first time Spencer ran the ball, he took off around the left side and went 37 yards for a TD.
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That came after the Rams stopped the Bulldogs on a fourth-and-1 at the Franklinton 14.
“Spencer has been big for us all year,” Franklinton coach Jeremy Buck said. “We put him in there at quarterback and he has some explosive abilities. He had a couple of big runs and got us going in the second half.”
A pair of fourth-down stops by Franklinton in the second half. The first — on the Rams’ 14-yard line — halted a drive by Princeton, which was ahead 14-10 and looking for more. Spencer scored on a 37-yard run to cap an ensuing touchdown drive and put the Rams ahead to stay.
Princeton went for it on fourth-and-3 from its own 40 on its next possession and turned it over on downs again. Princeton coach Travis Gaster said the Bulldogs were just trying to draw the Rams offside but snapped the ball anyway and lost yardage on the play when the snap was mishandled.
Spencer scored three plays later and it was 24-14.
They said it
“(Princeton’s) Adrian Whack is a heck of a ball player,” Buck said. “He’s as big as a daggone truck and he runs hard. That was a physical ball game on both sides.”
Three who mattered
Kyeon Spencer, Frnaklinton: The 6-foot, 175-pound sophomore lit a fire under the Franklinton offense in the second half. He rushed for 73 yards on just five carries.
Ricky Person, Franklinton: The sophomore running back was a workhorse for the Rams, rushing for 102 yards on 13 carries.
Adrian Whack, Princeton: Princeton’s big back (6-1, 265) was hard to bring down on offense and hard to block on defense. He also punted and kicked off for the Bulldogs.
“He would be our best player at any position we put him in,” Gaster said.