Monroe (0-4) responded by driving to the FHS 9-yard line in the second period and settled by a 26-yard field goal by Braden Singleton.
The Hornets then kicked off to the Wildcats’ Matt Centers, who scooped up the ball on the left side of the pitch, veered right, broke several tackles and went 73 yards for a touchdown. It was 14-3 at halftime.
The third quarter saw a bit more energy from Monroe’s defense, but the Hornets couldn’t stop Dylan Dirks from catching a 39-yard touchdown pass from Braden Woods to make it 21-3.
Franklin’s Gage Johnson breaks free for an 88-yard touchdown during Friday night’s 24-3 victory over visiting Monroe at Atrium Stadium in Franklin. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY OLIVER SANDERS
Penalties hurt Monroe throughout the contest. Cooper Daniels provided the final margin for Franklin (1-3) with a 35-yard field goal, and the Wildcats’ Zach Johnson picked off three Nick Osterman throws to help seal the victory.
“I’m really proud of our guys,” Wildcats coach Brad Childers said. “We just kept balling and making plays here and there. The defense got the job done for us and made plays at the end of the night.”
Both teams will be back in action on the road next Friday. Franklin will meet Bellbrook, while Monroe faces Valley View.
F: Gage Johnson 88 run (Cooper Daniels kick)
M: Braden Singleton 26 field goal
F: Matt Centers 73 kickoff return (Daniels kick)
F: Dylan Dirks 39 pass from Braden Woods (Daniels kick)
F: Daniels 35 field goal
Franklin’s Champ Howard (17) is about to make a spin move on a Monroe defender during a 24-3 win for the home team Friday night at Atrium Stadium in Franklin. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY OLIVER SANDERS