False MI Prep Zone: Franklin runs for 368 yards, 6 TDs in Carlson win over Kennedy
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Franklin runs for 368 yards, 6 TDs in Carlson win over Kennedy

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Kent Sikora was excited about his team’s offensive possibilities heading into 2014 and especially excited to have Marvin Franklin back in the lineup.

Thursday night proved why in his team’s 50-14 rout of Kennedy.

The senior rushed for 368 yards and six touchdowns in 28 carries.

Carlson went up 14-0 before letting the Eagles back in the game and the score was tied at the half.

But the Marauders added 36 unanswered points in the second half to push the fears of a close game away.

Franklin started things off on the first drive of the game with a three-yard score and added another three-yard touchdown on the second drive.

In the second half he added a five-yard, 80-yard and 13-yard touchdowns and then capped his day with a big 93-yard finale.

Two two-point conversions from Joe Enwerejobe and

Andy Mydloski and extra points from Nate Holmgren only added to the score.

Marcus Ecie finished the night’s scoring with a six-yard touchdown run for the final score.

Highlights from the Eagles included a fourth and two at the 12-yard line, but they failed to convert.

Later, Kennedy had another good drive, but was stalled when a fourth down pass went out of the end zone.

Treyvon Terry got his first start at quarterback with the Eagles and had a good night with some big plays, according to Coach Paul Nappo.

Evan Chrazczs also had a strong night on both sides of the ball and Terry Files played a tough game, as well.

The Marauders knew they had to improve in the second half to pull out the win.

“We just talked about limiting our own mistakes because we really felt like we kind of shot ourselves in the foot a couple times,” Sikora said. “We talked about being the football team you are and going out with cool heads and they really did that.

“I was extremely proud of the way they responded in the second half.”

Sikora was obviously thrilled with Franklin’s night as well.

“Our offensive line and fullbacks and even wide receivers did a great job blocking for him,’ he said. “We leaned on our running game tonight.

“That was something that was working and we think we can take what people give us.”

Moving forward, Sikora said it won’t always be one game plan in place or one player getting the job done.

“We were able to run the football tonight, but we’re got some receivers and a quarterback and we think we can put the ball in the air,” he said. “Marvin was the guy tonight and it could be somebody totally different next week.”

Heading into Week 2, Sikora would like to see some improvements in his squad.

“We’re gonna focus on ourselves and cleaning up some of our self-imposed mistakes,” he said. “I think our coaches will do a good job and our kids know we’re a long way from where we want to be, but the good thing is I think we’re gonna be able to get there.”

The Marauders open up their home season next Friday by hosting Truman. Kennedy will stay on the road and head to Melvindale for a Week-2 battle with the Cardinals.

Last Updated: 9/3/2014 1:03:44 AM EST