SHORT GAP - Ferocious thunderstorms rolled into Mineral County on Friday night delaying the start of this first time matchup, but once the teams were cleared to play, the Falcons rushing attack smashed Smithsburg for 337 yards and 8 touchdowns en route to a 54-20 victory.
Nick Marley carried the pigskin 16 times for 183 yards and 4 touchdowns while Dalton Pollock ran for 90 yards on 10 carries and scoring 4 touchdowns as well. With the win, Frankfort improves to 3-0, eclipsing the total number of wins from the 2017 campaign. During the postgame interview, Frankfort's Head Coach Kevin Whiteman was asked how it felt to be 3-0, "It's nice to be 3-0, but we got a ton of things we got to get better at."
After holding East Hardy to 7 points and Moorefield scoreless the previous week, the Falcon defense came into this game on a high note. The exact opposite was true of the Smithsburg offense as the Leopards failed to score a point in a 35-0 loss against Southern Garrett one week ago. Perhaps the delayed start was to blame for an apparent lethargic effort early in the contest, however, Frankfort still managed to get ahead of the Leopards 14-7 after the first quarter and 28-14 by halftime. After the game Frankfort Head Coach Kevin Whiteman was asked about his teams first half performance, "I was a little beside myself at halftime and went in and gave them a little chewing, because I didn't think we had any emotion or any intensity like we did the first two games, and I just thought we were flat." Disappointed in the effort from his team after two quarters of play, Coach Whiteman complimented the effort of Smithsburg, "They were very feisty and they did some good things. I liked the way they played."
In the 2nd half Frankfort responded by allowing only 6 points. Offensively the Falcons kept running the football scoring 13 points in the third quarter and tacking on another 13 points in the 4th quarter. Clearly the identity of this Falcon squad is the ground game which averaged 7.8 yards per carry on Friday night, while the passing game struggled going 2-for-5 for a total of 14 yards. "We got to get our passing game going somehow, we got to be able to connect on those passes. We can't have people packing the box and not be able to throw the ball."
Statistically Frankfort had 351 yards of total offense. Nick Marley and Dalton Pollock accounted for 273 of the 337 rushing yards, while Jansen Moreland had 5 carries for 38 yards, Logan Crock 6 attempts for 18 yards and Chandler Rhodes added 16 yards on 2 attempts. The Falcons passed the ball for a total of 14 yards, but still managed to pickup 17 first downs, with 7 penalties for 85 yards and 2 turnovers.
Smithsburg's Conor McCuin had a good game running the ball totaling 102 yards on 11 carries and scoring 3 touchdowns. The Falcons forced 5 turnovers and held Smithsburg to 7 first downs. The Leopards finished with 241 yards rushing and 78 yards passing for a total of 319 yards.
Next up for Frankfort (3-0) is a road game at Berkeley Springs (0-3) on Friday September 14th. Smithsburg (0-2) is also in action on Friday night in their home opener against St. James (2-0).