SHORT GAP - The hill leading up to Frankfort High School was adorned with life-sized pictures of Falcon student athletes and musicians.

By Chapin Jewell
Tribune Correspondent
SHORT GAP - The hill leading up to Frankfort High School was adorned with life-sized pictures of Falcon student athletes and musicians.
A banner announcing this week as “Homecoming” hung atop the road, and decorations were scattered on telephone poles and yards from Carpendale to Fort Ashby.
In addition to the fanfare, decorations, bonfires, and dance plans, however, an important West Virginia Class AA football game was played between the 14th ranked Frankfort Falcons and the 10th ranked Petersburg Vikings. When the dust cleared, Frankfort came out victorious 48-20 in front of a large Homecoming crowd.
There was another Homecoming of sorts, with the return, albeit within one week, of senior Dalton Pollock to his high school football career. After an injury sustained in last week’s victory over Washington, every initial indication was that the hard-running fullback would be finished for the season. According to Pollock, “Last Friday when I got the news that I probably wouldn’t be playing any more high school football, it hurt a lot.”  
His fortunes reversed, however, when Pollock returned to action Friday night and helped lift the Falcons to their Homecoming victory with four touchdowns, three on the ground and one receiving.  “Coming out here tonight helped me realize how much football means to me, and just how much I love the game of football,” an elated Pollock said after the game.  
Despite Pollock’s impressive four touchdowns, he was just one piece of an impressive offensive puzzle that scored early and often in the Falcon’s seven-touchdown performance.  
On the ground, Frankfort was actually led by senior Chandler Rhodes with 123 yards and a touchdown on only three carries, junior Nick Marley, who broke the century mark yet again with 18 rushes for 105 yards, putting him at over 1000 for the year, and sophomore Jansen Moreland who added a four-yard touchdown run. Pollock added three rushing touchdowns and 63 yards on 16 carries, plus a 23 yard touchdown reception and other key receptions as part of sophomore Colton McTaggart’s 9-13 for 121 yards and two touchdown passing performance.  Senior Logan Crock would add the other receiving touchdown with 5:14 to go in the game.
Going into the game, Frankfort coach Kevin Whiteman felt the Falcons “need to do a better job in the first half, we’ve been a second half team but we need to learn to play for 48 minutes.”
Whiteman couldn’t have scripted a better first half for the Falcons, as Frankfort wasted no time in jumping out to a 28-0

halftime lead on the Vikings.  After both teams were forced to punt on their first possessions, Frankfort would take over on their second possession at their own 38 yard line with 7:53 to go in the first quarter. On the first play of the drive, speedy senior Chandler Rhodes took the ball around the right side and raced 51 yards to the Petersburg 11. It was the spark that jumpstarted the Falcon offense. Three plays later, Dalton Pollock would plunge in from the 1 for the first of his four touchdowns. Braden Aldridge’s extra point gave the Falcons a 7-0 lead.  
Petersburg would be forced to punt on their next possession and Frankfort’s JJ Blank would return the ball 25 yards to the Viking’s 28 yard line.  After a 20-yard run by Nick Marley, Pollock would run twice, scoring from seven yards out and with Aldridge’s extra point it was Frankfort 14, Petersburg 0.  
Petersburg’s Jacob Hartman would mount a drive from their own 33, looking to gain momentum until on the first play of the second quarter, Frankfort’s Logan Crock intercepted Hartman’s pass at Frankfort’s 3 yard line.  
According to Crock, “I just went up and got it, and once I got it, it got the crowd really hyped.”  The interception did indeed keep the first half momentum with the Falcons.  
Frankfort would mount their third scoring drive of the half from their own 13. Marley immediately got things going with a 27 yard run. Sophomore Colton McTaggart would later connect with Dalton Pollock on a big 18 yard reception on 4th and 5 to keep the drive alive. After two incompletions, McTaggart connected with Pollock on a 23 yard touchdown reception that saw him diving into the end zone. Aldridge’s kick made it 21-0 Frankfort with 8:15 to go in the second quarter.  
On their next possession, Petersburg was again forced to punt, Frankfort took over at the Viking 45 yard line and with a mix of run and pass put Jansen Moreland in position to score from 4 yards out and with the added extra point Frankfort was up 28-0 with 1:22 to go in the half.  A big sack by Frankfort’s David Blanco halted

any hopes Petersburg had of scoring before the half.
In the second half, Petersburg quarterback Jacob Hartman quickly got the Vikings on the board with a four-yard touchdown run three minutes in, but the extra point was no good, making the score 28-6. Frankfort would eat nearly six minutes off the clock on their next drive with Pollock scoring on a 4th and goal at the 3. With the kick the Falcons extended their lead to 35-6.  Petersburg’s Zach Rohrbaugh would return the Falcon kickoff all the way down to the Frankfort 22.  With 1:55 to go in the 3rd, Jacob Hartman would run it in from 11 yards out for his second score, the two point conversion failed with the score 35 to 12 Frankfort.
With 11:36 to go in the game, Chandler Rhodes, on his second long carry of the evening, raced 68 yards for a Frankfort touchdown, with the kick Frankfort was up 42-12.  Of his explosive performance Rhodes was quick to credit his teammates, “It’s a team effort, the offensive line does great every week, and our running backs, they block really well.”  He further added, “It feels great to be in front of this great crowd we have and win on Homecoming night.”
Petersburg’s Hartman would connect for his first passing touchdown of the night and after a successful two-point conversion the gap narrowed to 42-20 with 8:35 to go.  
Frankfort would close out all scoring when Colton McTaggart hit Logan Crock for a 25 yard touchdown reception with 5:14 to go in the game.  The Senior Crock credited Sophomore McTaggart citing that “He’s young, but really playing great.” The final score, Frankfort 48, Petersburg 20.
Coach Kevin Whiteman wanted his Falcons to start fast and they did. Whiteman also wanted the Falcons to “control the clock, keep the ball out of their hands, and keep them from scoring a lot of points.”
Mission accomplished.
The win brings Frankfort to 7-1 and drops Petersburg to 4-2. Frankfort now sits at 11th in the WVSSAC playoff rankings, Petersburg slides to 18th.
The Falcons will have a week off before facing Keyser in the Mineral Bowl on Oct. 26 and will close out the season against Hampshire.  Petersburg closes out the year with Moorefield, Tucker County and East Hardy.
    After three down years, Frankfort’s 7-1 record has given Coach Kevin Whiteman, his team, and the Falcon faithful much to cheer for. Now add all the extras that Homecoming brings, to include an overflow home crowd, and you have a recipe for a fine evening.
As Ron Popeil, Billy Mays and other pitchmen have pronounced on those made for TV infomercials, however, “But wait, there’s more!” Adding to the Homecoming hoopla, the Falcons were able to welcome senior Dalton Pollock back onto the field with much fanfare; his four touchdown performance being more impressive than anything that could have been scripted.  It was two Homecomings rolled into one.