Demarco Moore, Sports Writer
WINCHESTER, Tenn. — Running the football may be considered old-fashioned by today’s offensive standards, but Franklin County High School made it look classic on Friday night.
The Rebels wore down Coffee County Central High School 34-8, rushing for 290 yards on 65 carries total.
Franklin County’s gameplan was simple — pound away at the Red Raiders’ defense with its wing-t offense — and it didn’t take long for that plan to unfold.
Coffee County (0-1 overall) received the opening kickoff, but fumbled on the first play from scrimmage, setting up Franklin County (1-0 overall) with excellent field position at its own 46-yard line.
Running back Jarious Johnson, the Rebels’ workhorse back, capped a 9-play scoring drive with one of his three rushing touchdowns in the first half, putting Franklin County ahead 6-0 a little over 5:53 into the game.
The Rebels elected all night not to kick deep to the Red Raiders, where University of Tennessee commit Alontae Taylor was set to receive. Franklin County instead would either hit a short squib or onside kick to keep Coffee County off balance, but also risk awarding CCHS with good field position should the ball go out of bounds.
The Red Raiders took advantage on its second offensive possession, driving 63 yards in four plays — all Taylor runs — for a 13-yard touchdown and 2-point conversion by the senior that helped them take an 8-6 lead.
From there it was all Franklin County, which held Coffee County to only 13 offensive plays in the first half, while running 37 of its own and taking a 28-8 lead.
Johnson finished the game with 30 carries for 169 yards and three touchdowns.
UP NEXT: Home versus Tullahoma (1-0 overall) on Friday, Aug. 25 (7 p.m.)
Look for an extended story with stats and quotes in the Aug. 23 print edition of the Manchester Times.
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