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High Schools: Franklin football’s growing pains continue in 43-8 loss to Campbell

  • Kory Parent carries the ball over the goal line for Franklin High School's only touchdown in their loss at home to Campbell on Saturday, October 5, 2013.

    Kory Parent carries the ball over the goal line for Franklin High School's only touchdown in their loss at home to Campbell on Saturday, October 5, 2013.

  • Franklin High School football players return to the field at the end of halftime during their loss to Campbell at home on Saturday, October 5, 2013.

    Franklin High School football players return to the field at the end of halftime during their loss to Campbell at home on Saturday, October 5, 2013.

  • Franklin High School football loses to Campbell on Saturday, October 5, 2013.

    Franklin High School football loses to Campbell on Saturday, October 5, 2013.

  • Franklin High School football loses to Campbell on Saturday, October 5, 2013.

    Franklin High School football loses to Campbell on Saturday, October 5, 2013.

  • Franklin High School football loses to Campbell on Saturday, October 5, 2013.

    Franklin High School football loses to Campbell on Saturday, October 5, 2013.

  • Franklin High School football loses to Campbell on Saturday, October 5, 2013.

    Franklin High School football loses to Campbell on Saturday, October 5, 2013.

  • Franklin High School football loses to Campbell on Saturday, October 5, 2013.

    Franklin High School football loses to Campbell on Saturday, October 5, 2013.

  • Franklin High School football loses to Campbell on Saturday, October 5, 2013.

    Franklin High School football loses to Campbell on Saturday, October 5, 2013.

  • Clayton Ford (48) is back in uniform for the Franklin football team after breaking his neck last year. (WILL PARSON, Monitor staff)

    Clayton Ford (48) is back in uniform for the Franklin football team after breaking his neck last year. (WILL PARSON, Monitor staff)

  • Kory Parent carries the ball over the goal line for Franklin High School's only touchdown in their loss at home to Campbell on Saturday, October 5, 2013.
  • Franklin High School football players return to the field at the end of halftime during their loss to Campbell at home on Saturday, October 5, 2013.
  • Franklin High School football loses to Campbell on Saturday, October 5, 2013.
  • Franklin High School football loses to Campbell on Saturday, October 5, 2013.
  • Franklin High School football loses to Campbell on Saturday, October 5, 2013.
  • Franklin High School football loses to Campbell on Saturday, October 5, 2013.
  • Franklin High School football loses to Campbell on Saturday, October 5, 2013.
  • Franklin High School football loses to Campbell on Saturday, October 5, 2013.
  • Clayton Ford (48) is back in uniform for the Franklin football team after breaking his neck last year. (WILL PARSON, Monitor staff)

FRANKLIN – There’s a freshman starting on the offensive line, sophomores at many of the other positions on the field and an injured count hovering around 15. Franklin High football Coach Jeff Kaplan knows the reality; it’s one that’s made itself apparent week after week.

“We’re a freshman, sophomore team. It’s not an excuse, but it’s a fact. We’re a very, very young team,” he said. “You’re going to make a lot of mistakes.”

The Golden Tornadoes have made those mistakes often during a winless season and they made them again yesterday, allowing Campbell to hit on big play after big play in a 43-8 loss on the same field they knocked the Cougars out of the playoffs on in last year’s Division VI semifinals.

That Franklin team was different than this one, as burdens both expected (youth) and unexpected (injuries) have combined to put the Golden Tornadoes at 0-5 and at the bottom of the Division III North conference. But Kaplan knows the excuses can only go so far.

“We didn’t execute what we had to,” he said. “We gave up four plays in that first half for four massive touchdowns.”

Matching up against Campbell (3-1) would have been a tall task anyway, but Kaplan and his team tried to go about the job by dominating time of possession. It worked (at least for a while) as the Golden Tornadoes, playing a conservative double wing formation, went 46 yards on 10 plays, chewing up clock and yardage before fumbling the ball away on the 29-yard line.

As the ground-and-pound Franklin offense went off the field, the quicksilver Cougars attack came on – but only for seconds at a time. Christian McKenna (6-of-9, 199 yards) hit a wide-open Kyle Manning (three catches, 157 yards) down the seam for a 66-yard touchdown on the team’s second play from scrimmage, and after Franklin had a punt on the next series blocked, McKenna scored on a 1-yard run to make it 13-0 with 2:33 left in the first quarter.

Down but still in the game, Franklin had its back broken on Campbell’s next drive. The Golden Tornadoes seemed to score a victory when they pinned the Cougars at their own 3 and forced fourth down, but instead of getting a punt at midfield, another defensive mishap allowed McKenna to take the direct snap as the upback and run 92 yards on a fake punt, making it 19-0 and taking the energy out of the Franklin sideline.

“That was a big one. All of a sudden, it’s 90 yards for a touchdown,” Kaplan said. “(The players) start to see the consistent pattern. Once we fall down, we have a tough time coming back.”

Campbell scored on another one-play drive before the half, as McKenna again found Manning open in the middle of the field for a 60-yard score. Campbell didn’t register a first down in the opening half and held the ball for only 2:41, but miscues allowed the Cougars to do their damage in a flash.

“They caught us being sophomores,” Kaplan said. “All four of them were missed assignments. Blocked punt is a missed assignment. Fake punt, missed assignment, and the two passes were missed assignments. Those were all sophomore mistakes.”

Campbell kept up the pace after halftime, needing only one minute to score on the first drive of the second half, then built on the advantage when McKenna found Tyler Walton for a 23-yard touchdown pass and Trevor Duquette hit a 34-yard field goal. The Franklin offense began to find its rhythm late in the game, however. With Kory Parent (23 carries, 122 yards) leading the way, the Golden Tornadoes book-ended the game with solid drives, as Parent put his team on the board by capping a 72-yard drive with a 3-yard run with 3:12 to play.

It was a little victory. But with a young team trying to turn itself into a winner, Kaplan said those are the ones that matter.

“The goal is the proverbial ‘stay the course,’ ” he said. “Teach. Constantly teach, teach, teach, and things will get better. … You look for the small, incremental progression, positives, and that last drive, I think we showed it.”

(Drew Bonifant can be reached at 369-3340 or at abonifant@cmonitor.com, or via Twitter @dbonifant.)

GOLF

Girls’ individual championship

Bishop Guertin sophomore Chelsea Sedlar shot a 5-over 76 at Campbell’s Scottish Highlands Golf Course in Salem to win the girls’ individual state championship. Pinkerton’s Kaitlyn Lutinski was runner-up (81) and Derryfield’s Molly Fitzpatrick took third (85).

Concord junior Samantha Reed finished seventh in the championship flight with an 89 and Crimson Tide freshman Hayley Reed (95) was 10th.

In the medal flight, which only played the back nine, Hillsboro-Deering sophomore Emma Moore came in second with a 46 and Belmont freshman Nicole Antonucci (49) took third. Other local golfers in the medal flight included Kearsarge’s Laura Rodgers (sixth, 53), Franklin’s Courtney Mazur and Bishop Brady’s Madison Smith (tied for seventh with 55s) and Kearsarge’s Lahtesha Nelson (11th, 62).

FIELD HOCKEY

hOPKINTON 6, CONANT 0

On homecoming, Ireland Tawney led the way for Hopkinton, scoring four goals. It was an all-around defensive effort as goalie Maddy Bergethon maintained the shutout without being forced to make any saves. Hopkinton’s shooters peppered the Conant goal. Brittany Marshall had two goals and an assist of her own to help Hopkinton’s cause. Callie Chase added two assists for the Hawks.

Maddie Sorel also played well for Hopkinton. The Hawks find themselves near the top of Division III.

Kearsarge 0, Mascoma 0

Breyna Carey stood on her head to keep Mascoma off the board. The Kearsarge goalie was forced to make 10 saves as she carried her team to overtime and preserved the eventual scoreless tie. Each team had their chances, and both goalies were up to the task. Each squad finds themsleves towards the bottom of Division III, but still trying to work out of the hole.

VOLLEYBALL

Belmont 3, Pittsfield 1

Megan Bailey had 36 assists, eight aces and five kills to lead the Red Raiders (9-1) past Pittsfield (1-8), 21-25, 25-16, 25-15, 25-16.

“We started out slowly,” Belmont Coach Melissa Miner said. “We missed a lot of serves and had a bunch of hitting errors, which definitely hurt us in the first set.”

But Belmont roared back from there behind Bailey, Jessie Bergeron (23 digs, three aces, three kills), Alyssa Woods (14 kills), Jackelyn Robarge (four aces, three digs) and Bridget Annis (five kills, two blocks).

BOYS’ SOCCER

hopkinton 2, hillsboro 0

In front of a large homecoming crowd, Hopkinton earned its 10th win in as many games.

It took a while, but 51 minutes into the game Evan Ruderman volleyed in a free kick from Riley McNicholas. Zach Rouleau then added the second tally off of a throw-in assist from Doug Fleury in the final minutes. Hopkinton was solid defensively as goalie Rob Ferguson only had to make a lone save, stopping a 2-on-1 break by H-D’s Josh Gould and Chase Spruce on a potential game-tying bid.

H-D goalie Brett Bennett made a fantastic save on a penalty kick about 20 minutes into the game which eventually led to a scoreless tie at halftime. He finished with 14 saves and was supported by strong defensive play from Ryan Edsall.

The Hawks now stand alone atop the Division III standings and take on second-place Bow on Tuesday in a battle of Division III powers.

GIRLS’ SOCCER

pembroke 2, sanborn 1

Pembroke extended its winning streak to five with a close win over Sanborn. Two second-half goals powered the Spartans. Keerstyn Allen scored the first goal, with Celia Sartwell adding a second tally. In net, Kristin Kezar made a dozen saves to keep Sanborn from netting a second goal. Skylar Carter played stellar defensively to help the Spartans to victory.

After beginning the season 1-4, resilient Pembroke now has a 6-4 mark.

Hopkinton 5,
Hillsboro-Deering 0

Courtney Benson had a hat trick as the Hawks (7-1-2) scored four second-half goals on their way to the homecoming win.

The H-D defense, led by Morgan Winters and Breahna Savoy, kept things close in the first half, giving up just one goal (Benson in the 29th minute). But Hopkinton’s offense, with Benson, Brianna Curley and Kelly Scammon powering the engine, came alive after halftime.

“Once we found our flow and started playing to feet, making good simple passes, and keeping the pressure on, that turned the game around,” Hopkinton Coach Lauri Izzi said.

Benson scored just three minutes into the second half to make it 2-0, and Sarah Ewing followed with her first varsity goal in the 65th minute. Benson completed her hat trick in the 70th minute and Scammon completed the scoring in the 77th. Kasey Smith made 11 saves for the shutout, with plenty of help from the defense, especially Aaliyah Curley.

Paytne Walker and Emily Gibson played well in the midfield for the Hillcats (5-4-1) while Bridgette Winters and Kymberlee Bergstresser paced the offense.

Belmont 1, Gilford 0

After losing their first game of the year on Tuesday, the Red Raiders (10-1) responded with “by far our most complete and best game of the season, even if the score doesn’t show it,” Belmont Coach Amy Dutton said.

The game’s lone goal came directly off the second half kickoff. Cassie Contigiani started the play with a long pass to Makayla Donovan, who was streaking down the wing. She gained the end line and drove a cross into the box where Kelsey Scott redirected it for the score.

“It was one of the prettiest goals of the year,” Dutton said.

Chayleigh Cadarette, Zoe Zeller and Emily Ennis also played well for the Raiders, as did backup goalie Clorissa Roode, who played the final 25 minutes to split the shutout with starter Kaitlyn Berry.

Belmont, which held a 20-1 shot advantage, faces its biggest test of the season when it travels to Hopkinton on Tuesday.

Bow 1, Fall Mountain 0

The Falcons scored in the 13th minute and then stayed patient against a packed-in Fall Mountain defense for the rest of the game to improve to 10-0.

Defender Christy Vinnenberg started the scoring play with an overlapping run and a cross. Lindsey Vogt dummied the pass and Maddie Cheney finished. After that, the Bow midfield of Caitlyn Keenan, Lauren Scarpetti, Sarah Carlson, Maddie Preston and Gianna Celenza moved the ball efficiently around the Wildcats condensed defense.

BOYS’ CROSS COUNTRY

Hopkinton first

The Hawks finished with 30 points to edge Concord (34) and Bow (56) in a three-team meet at the Hopkinton Fairgrounds.

Hopkinton freshman Dom Repucci finished first overall in 16:46, well ahead of Concord’s Pepper Smith (second, 17:28). Hopkinton’s other points came from Cody Roberge (fifth, 18:25), Declan Campbell (sixth, 18:56), Chris Barnard (seventh, 19:03) and Peter Sawitsky (11th, 19:13).

Concord’s scoring runners were Smith, Alex Saveliev (third, 17:44), Jamie Nelson (eighth, 19:05), Brad Hicks (ninth, 19:08) and Michael Alexander (12th, 19:20).

Zach Zbehlik (fourth, 18:22) was the top runner for Bow. He was followed by Andrew Attorri (10th, 19:10), Riley Whelan (15th, 19:37), Hayden Udelson (17th, 19:38) and Travis Beauchain (18th, 19:40).

Coe-Brown fourth

Jeremy Brassard finished second overall (16:41) to lead the Bears to their fifth-place team result in the highly competitive Woods Trail Run in Thetford, Vt.

Coe-Brown’s other scoring runners were Lucas Fisher (35th, 17:54), Jared Nelson (41st, 18:02), Davio Deluca (56th, 18:17) and Zach Flanagan (123rd, 19:15).

GIRLS’ CROSS COUNTRY

COncord first

At the Hopkinton Fairgrounds, Concord (24) placed first against Hopkinton (43) and Bow (53). The Tide’s Smita Boesch-Dining came in first overall in 19:50 to lead the pack. Cassie Shea, Michaella Conery and Erin Waters took fourth, fifth and sixth, respectively, for Concord, with Kate Andy (eighth) rounding out the scoring.

Hopkinton took home the second and third individual finishes with freshman Maddie Clark and sophomore Sarah Nadeau. Emily Calder (10th), Katie Irwin (23rd) and Emmaleigh Sabol (29th) also scored for the Hawks.

Senior Allie Krause finished seventh, the highest place for any Bow runner. Other Falcon scorers were Olivia Krause (12th), Sohani Demian (13th), Naina Vig (14th) and Ashlie Tucker (17th).

coe-brown first

At the 23rd annual Woods Trail Run in Thetford, Vt., Coe-Brown took home first place, led by Hannah Parker’s fourth-place finish in 19:53. The Bears scored 50 points to top runner-up Champlain Valley Union (60) and 46 other teams from around New England.

Coe-Brown also had Elisabeth Danis, Brooke Laskowsky, Jessie Carney and Meg Scannell finish sixth, 12th, 14th and 17th, respectively.

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