SHORT GAP - Despite playing their hearts out, and dominating play for the bulk of the game, the Falcons returned home from Weirton a week ago deeply disappointed after suffering a 28-27 overtime loss to Weir. High school kids, however, are far more resilient at times than we adults, and they can bounce back from a loss in a major way rather quickly.

By Chapin Jewell
Tribune  Correspondent
SHORT GAP - Despite playing their hearts out, and dominating play for the bulk of the game, the Falcons returned home from Weirton a week ago deeply disappointed after suffering a 28-27 overtime loss to Weir. High school kids, however, are far more resilient at times than we adults, and they can bounce back from a loss in a major way rather quickly.  
Such was the case Friday night as the Falcons routed Berkeley Springs 48-0 to re-enter the win column and re-energize themselves for the balance of this promising season. From the beginning  kickoff, there were no signs of a losing hangover from the week prior, as Frankfort went straight to work at climbing all over Berkeley Springs.
“It’s nice to be back at home.  Anytime you take a long trip like that it’s rough, and that was a long ride on a bus, about four hours, so it’s good to be back home. This gets us back on a positive track, and I just told them we have a lot to get ready for. Northern is always tough, I’m sure they probably won tonight, they’re going to be 3-0 going into the game,” Frankfort coach Kevin Whiteman said after the game.
If Frankfort was looking ahead to Northern, it didn’t show Friday night as the Falcons took total control of the game from the start. On their first play from scrimmage, Frankfort’s Nick Marley raced 66 yards for a touchdown to give the Falcons a quick, 7-0 lead with Brady Aldridge’s kick.
The Falcons would go on to score four more rushing touchdowns in the first half. After Marley’s initial touchdown, JJ Blank tacked on the next two; with Brady Aldridge going 1-2 in that span the Falcons extended their lead to 20-0.
Frankfort, however, was not done racking up points in the first half.  Peyton Shanholtz would score the first of his two touchdowns, followed by Nick Marley with his second. With both extra points made, the Falcons took a 34-0 lead into the locker room at halftime.  
With Frankfort developing the big lead early on, it gave Frankfort coach Kevin Whiteman a chance to give the reserves meaningful playing time.  “I’m tickled that everyone got to play. Those kids work very hard in practice every day, and they got to play about a quarter and a half; I’m very happy with that, they did a good job.”
In the second half, Frankfort got rushing touchdowns from Peyton Shanholtz and Jansen Moreland, and two more successful point after kicks from Brady Aldridge to secure the 48-0 victory.
Frankfort’s defense dominated Berkeley Springs throughout the entire game. The Indians were held to 182 yards of total offense, 156 on the ground from 33 rushes and 26 through the air on nine receptions. More importantly, the Falcons’ defense forced six turnovers.
Frankfort was led defensively by Brock Robinette with six solo tackles and two assisted tackles; Jacob Wilkins recorded four solo tackles; Greg McCoy had three solo tackles and two assisted; Jansen Moreland recorded three solo tackles and two assisted.
In addition, Jansen Knotts and Cole Hiett each recorded an interception; David Blanco recorded a sack.
Offensively, the Falcons rushed for 346 yards on 25 attempts and passed for an additional 36 yards for 382 yards of total offense compared to the Indians’ 182. All seven of Frankfort’s touchdowns came on the ground.  
Nick Marley rushed for 136 yards on three carries and scored two touchdowns; JJ Blank rushed twice for 46 yards and two touchdowns; Peyton Shanholtz rushed nine times for 72 yards and two touchdowns; Jansen Moreland rushed once for 20 yards and a touchdown. In addition, Cole Hiett added 32 yards on three carries; Jansen Knotts rushed for 27 yards on two carries; Logan Kinser rushed three times for 16 yards.
Knotts was three for five passing for 36 yards. Tyler Corwell led the Falcons with two receptions for 17 yards; Brock Robinette added a catch for 19 yards.
“Knotts did a nice job throwing the ball tonight, he keeps improving each week. Hopefully we can get up to where we’re throwing 10-12 times a game. But we have a good running game too and it’s hard to veer away from that because we do a good job running the ball. I was glad to see Peyton Shanholtz get two touchdowns tonight, he deserves that,” Whiteman said after the game.
Also, according to Whiteman, “The last two weeks, he (Marley) has done a nice job of running the ball hard, he’s hitting the hole hard, and not stuttering so much at the hole.”
Nick Marley and JJ Blank carried the ball a combined total of five times in the game, scoring four touchdowns on those five carries. The only carry that was not a touchdown by those two was a 21-yard run by Marley in which he tripped over a blocking lineman. The duo combined for four touchdowns on five carries and were never actually tackled by the opponent.
With the victory, the Falcons now have a 3-1 record overall on the season and an all-time record of 34-7 against Berkeley Springs. The Falcons are projected in this week’s class AA playoff ratings to leap from the 23rd spot to tied for 17th. In addition, while out of the top ten, the Falcons are receiving votes in the MetroNews Power Index ratings.
Frankfort (3-1) will travel to Northern Garrett (3-1) on Friday.