Franklin Regional overcomes turnovers in win over Hampton
Written by: Billy Splain on Friday, October 18th, 2013
Down 6-3 midway through the first quarter the Franklin Regional Panthers turned to another cat to get the lead. The “wildcat”. Following a fumble recovery on the Hampton 49 yard line, the Panthers lined up with rb Brett Zanotto in the quarterback position. Qb Charan Singh lined up wide, sprinted down the right side and Zanotto lobbed a perfect pass to Singh in the end zone. Jake Roberge, who kicked a 33 yard field goal earlier, nailed the point after and with 41 seconds left in the first quarter the Panthers began a 24 point run en-route to a 33-12 win.“It’s always in our game plan. We like to run it, and I love when Coach (Greg) Botti calls it”said Zanotto of the wildcat formation. Singh has now thrown for a td, run for one, returned an interception and caught a touchdown pass this year.
The Talbot’s took an early lead on a C.J. Arch 29 yard run after holding the Panthers on 4th and 1.
With the score at 10-3, Hampton qb Nick Grabowski lost the ball and lineman Kent Thomas recovered the fumble at the Talbot 25. Zanotto carried several opposing players into the endzone 5 plays later and the run was on.
On the first play following the kickoff, defensive back Casey Colagrande stepped in front of a Grabowski pass and returned the interception to the house. Roberge made it 24-6. “I just read the quarterback and cut under the receiver,” Colagrande said.
Hampton drove to the Franklin 17 but turned the ball over on downs. Singh was intercepted at the 45 by Trace McConnell. Grabowski then fired a dart to Jon Floss for a 3 yard touchdown pass. The 2 point conversion failed and it appeared the Talbot’s were back in the game.
Zanotto again lined up in the wildcat and scampered for a 36 yard gain. Colin Janov reversed field on a hand off, found a seam and ran for 21 yards to the Hampton 9 yard line. Paul Emanuele finished the drive with a 9 yard run on a fake sweep to make it 31-12 with just 1:11 remaining in the half. Franklin overcame 5 turnovers in the win.
Neither team scored on offense in the second half. A safety made it 33-12 and with that, Franklin Regional set themselves up for a 3 way tie for the conference lead. “We knew this was going to be a tough game because we have a tough conference” said coach Botti of the win.
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