Laffey, Eagles roll past Indians, 40-0
Ware 9/14/13. Franklin Tech's #13 Nate Crocker, breaks away froms Ware's #26 Zachery Urekew has he turns it up field for a 1st down in the 1st Qtr.
photo by J. Anthony Roberts
Ware 9/14/13. Franklin Tech's #52 CalebBaranoski, #73 Alec Milton & #5Drew Stebbins, gang tackle Ware's QB #17 Seth Beckland in the 1st Qtr.
photo by J. Anthony Roberts
WARE — Franklin County Technical School had a long ride to its Tri-County league opener at Ware High School Saturday, but the ride home had to feel much shorter for the Eagles after shellacking the Indians, 40-0.
Senior running back and linebacker Kyle Laffey had the best day of his high school career, rushing for 137 yards and four touchdowns, while also leading the Eagles defense with 8 tackles and a fumble recovery, earning himself the game ball in the process.
“After a tough loss last week where we came out flat, we were a very motivated football team today.” said Laffey. “The offensive line was great, they created a lot of holes, and we couldn’t have asked for better.”
After a scoreless first quarter that featured good defensive play by both teams, the Eagles (1-1,1-0 TCL) began their onslaught on the second play of the second quarter on a 13-yard touchdown scamper by sophomore quarterback CJ Daignault, and took a 7-0 lead when Nate Crocker’s extra point split the uprights.
Ware (1-1, 1-1 TCL) then took the ball at their own 30 after the ensuing kickoff went out of bounds at the 15. After a quick first down, the Indians appeared ready to march down the field with senior running back Zered McCoy leading the charge. The drive was short lived, however, as the Indians were stifled by the swarming Tech defense. They only gained a yard on the drive’s second set of downs, handing the ball back to the Eagles at the Ware 44 yard line after a fourth down and nine incompletion by Ware’s senior quarterback Seth Beckland, who was pressured relentlessly on the play.
“Our defense was flying to the ball today.” said Eagles head coach Joe Gamache. “We are senior heavy on that side of the ball, and it makes a big difference when you have upperclassmen focused and playing together.”
The Tech offense then picked up where it left off, driving 56 yards on five plays, featuring a 25-yard pass from Daignault to senior tight end Cooper Grace, and culminating with a 5-yard power run for Laffey’s first touchdown.
On the ensuing Ware possesion which began on the Indian’s 37, they went nowhere but backwards, and Tech regained possession of the ball at the Ware 12 after a bad snap went over punter Hunter Miller’s head. After a 10-yard run by Daignault gave Tech a first and goal at the 2, Laffey dove into the end zone for a 2-yard score with 20 seconds to go in the half, and Tech headed into the break with a commanding 19-0 lead.
After a scoreless third, Tech put the exclamation point on the day, scoring three more touchdowns, two by Laffey (14 and 55 yards), and one on a 23-yard run by sophomore fullback Tim Momaney to round out the contest. The Eagles defense only got stronger as the game wound down, and the Indians never crossed midfield in their three fourth quarter possessions, and their last offensive play of the game was an interception hauled in by Eagles safety Ethan Wickline with under two minutes to go.
“We came to play today after a slow start against a good team last week.” said Gamache. “We had a great week of practice, and as I always tell the guys, how you practice is how you’ll play.”
The Eagles return to action at TCL foe Palmer High School on Friday at 7 p.m.