Turner throws for 2 TDs to lead In­di­ans to vic­tory

Franklin holds off late charge to ex­tend win­ning streak over Millers to six

Baltimore Sun - - VARSITY - By Jeff Sei­del

Franklin ex­tended its win­ning streak over vis­it­ing Bal­ti­more County ri­val Milford Mill to six straight games. It just was a bit tougher than in past years.

Quar­ter­back Joshua Turner threw two touch­down passes and ran for an ad­di­tional score as No. 11 Franklin held off a late charge from No. 9 Milford Mill in a 24-20 vic­tory Fri­day night.

The In­di­ans (4-1) rolled to a 40-0 win over Milford Mill (5-1) last year, but the Millers kept it closer this time. Milford Mill was able to move the ball at times but couldn’t make the big plays, and the Millers made mis­takes at the wrong times.

Franklin, how­ever, kept ev­ery­thing go­ing through­out the game af­ter a slow start. The In­di­ans, who re­turned no starters on of­fense from last year’s play­off team, im­pressed coach Anthony Bur­gos with the way they grew in this game.

“I think it was a great ma­tur­ing process,” Bur­gos said. “We’re a young team.”

Turner com­pleted 10 of 19 passes for 199 yards, and ran for a 2-yard touch­down with 2:32 left that gave Franklin a 24-12 lead.

Milford Mill added one more score af­ter that, but the In­di­ans got the ball back af­ter a failed on­side kick and ran out the clock.

“Our de­fense has been the strength of the team. ... They’re [work­ing] to keep us in the game,” Turner said. “When we got the chance [on of­fense], we made some­thing hap­pen.”

The Millers turned the ball over three times, got called for sev­eral penal­ties and fum­bled some snaps. They were right in the game, but the mis­cues hurt.

“[We made] mis­takes, and they came back to bite us a cou­ple of times,” Millers coach Reg­gie White said.

Milford Mill quar­ter­back Kyrel Eley played well but got picked off once in the end zone and once at the 1-yard line.

Both teams moved the ball at times in the first half but kept run­ning into trou­ble, and the drives often stalled. Still, the In­di­ans did enough for a17-6 half­time lead.

Franklin had more prob­lems mov­ing the ball on the first few drives. But af­ter Milford Mill took an early lead, the In­di­ans scored 17 con­sec­u­tive points for that half­time ad­van­tage.

Milford Mill took ad­van­tage of an early Franklin turnover to take the lead in the first quar­ter. Eley threw a 36-yard touch­down pass to Ugo Obasi that put Milford Mill on top 6-0 with 4:08 left.

The touch­down came af­ter an in­ter­cep­tion by Shamar Har­ri­son and a 9-yard re­turn gave the Millers the ball at the 27. Two plays later, Eley threw the scor­ing pass.

Franklin an­swered on the en­su­ing pos­ses­sion, driv­ing deep into Milford Mill ter­ri­tory be­fore Ger­son So­ri­ono kicked a 34-yard field goal on the last play of the first quar­ter, cut­ting the lead to 6-3.

The In­di­ans took a 10-6 lead on their next drive. Turner capped the drive with a 29-yard scor­ing pass to An­dreus Price. Ja­cob Her­mann added the ex­tra point with 8:14 left in the first half.

Franklin added a touch­down with 16.7 sec­onds left in the first half when Turner threw a short pass to Justin Spence, and he turned it into a 55-yard touch­down. Her­mann’s ex­tra point made 17-6 just be­fore half­time.

The touch­down pass wrapped up a six-play, 89-yard drive for Franklin that started with 1:53 left in the half. Turner com­pleted three of five passes for 85 yards on that drive.

KARL MER­TON FERRON/BAL­TI­MORE SUN

Franklin wide re­ceiver An­dreus Price (4) eludes Milford Mill safety Shawn­tay Thomas, front, and Ugo Obasi (1) to score a touch­down dur­ing the sec­ond quar­ter. Last year, the In­di­ans (4-1) rolled to a 40-0 vic­tory over the Millers (5-1).

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