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Running Back Ty Clark III leads FRA to Shutout Victory Over Silverdale Baptist Academy

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By Shayne Pickering

Photo: Franklin Road Academy

Franklin Road Academy picked up an impressive 35-0 victory over Silverdale Baptist Academy on Friday night behind the performance of running back Ty Clark III

The junior tailback had his way with the ball in his hands, finishing with 25 carries for 200 yards and 2 touchdowns while adding 77 yards in the receiving game.

With Clark leading FRA in rushing and receiving and the defense standing tall time and time again, the Panthers were able to pull away in the 2nd half of the game.

After FRA’s defense got a stop at their own 29, the scoring started with a 60-yard TD run by Clark. After another stop by the Panthers defense in their territory, they put a drive together but missed the 41 yard field goal, giving the Seahawks the ball with a chance to answer.

In what became a common theme in the game, the Seahawks were able to drive into FRA territory but unable to finish with playmakers Turner Junkins (illness) and Jackson Hattaway (injury) unavailable for quarterback Brett Rogers to target.

FRA would answer with a four play scoring drive that ended with playmaking receiver Boyd Brown taking a reception 41 yards for the touchdown to go up 14-0. Silverdale started to move the ball, but with the receiver failing to locate the ball, FRA was able to pick off the pass and go into the half up 14.

The Panthers started the second half with another four play scoring drive, ending with quarterback Logan Kinnard running in from two yards out.

After forcing a Silverdale 3 and out, Kinnard would hit Kayden Richardson in the back of the end zone on 3rd and goal to extend the lead to 28 going into the 4th quarter.

Silverdale converted a huge 4th down, and it looked like the Seahawks would finally get on the board, but Rogers forced a throw that was intercepted at the Panther’s 15. With the ball back, FRA would convert a 4th down and later score on a 25-yard rush by Clark on a drive that put the game away with a 35 point lead.

After another Silverdale drive into FRA territory and not finishing, the Panthers were able to run out the clock and close out a 35-0 victory over one of the better teams in DII-AA last year.

Franklin Road Academy looks to be improved this year with a big offensive tackle duo of Luke Masterson and Mississippi State commit Joe Crocker paving the way for star running back Ty Clark III.

Through two games, Clark has recorded 389 rushing yards and 4 TDs on 8.8 yards per carry while adding 161 yards and another TD as a receiver.. Next week, they will have a big game on the road at Davidson Academy, with a chance to move into the top 5 of the DII-AA rankings.

Don’t let the score make your opinion on Silverdale, however. The Seahawks, who were down star WR/S Turner Junkins as a late scratch and were unable to use Jackson Hattaway on offense, limited the offense.

In spite of this, the offense was able to move the ball with WR Cameron Bowen continuing to step up this season as the primary target for Brett Rogers. The returns of Junkins and Hattaway will be crucial as they will travel to take on a talented CCS team next week.

With Silverdale’s inability to run the ball so far outside of Rogers’ scrambles, the passing game will have to be a huge part of the Seahawks’ offense. This is a young team that should get better as the year continues.

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