Photo by Abel Carrillo
EL PASO, Texas – Coronado gave heavily favored Franklin all they could handle in the 2019 Westside Bowl, but penalties and Franklin’s big play ability helped Franklin hold off Coronado 28-14 in the Sun Bowl Thursday night.
Coronado picked off Franklin quarterback Danny Walther four times, but more than 100 yards of penalties, and three short field offensive possessions which ended in punts ended up being a big difference in this one for the T-Birds.
Davis Burns picked off Walther on the opening possession of the game, which set up Coronado with prime field position, although costly penalties by the T-Birds forced a Coronado punt.
On the next Franklin series, John Filley picked off Walther but again Coronado was unable to cash in on another short field chance.
Franklin took a 14-6 lead into the halftime break after a pair of short touchdown runs from David Powers in the first half.
The T-Birds put together an impressive drive coming out of the second half and made things very interesting.
Coronado drove 75-yards using 10-plus plays, and chewed nearly seven minutes off the clock as a two-yard run from Dallas Slaugther made it 14-12 Franklin, then Ben Carney found Jake Cox for a two-point conversion to tie the game at 14-14 with 5:04 left in the third quarter.
Although Franklin’s running game led by Erwin Sutton would take over from there.
The Cougars ran for 319 yards on the evening and went ahead 21-14 after a three-yard touchdown run by Sutton with 10:55 left in the third quarter.
After a Coronado three-and-out, Franklin got the ball back and Sutton put this one away with a highlight reel run.
Sutton took the first play of the next Franklin series 73-yards untouched up the near sideline for a score and Franklin extended their lead to 28-14 with 9:06 left and the T-Birds did not answer the rest of the way.
Franklin had two running backs go over 100 yards rushing in this one. Sutton led the way with 166 yards, while Pablo Payan added 105 yards. Walther ran for 51 yards but went 6-for-16 passing for a season low 54 yards and the four interceptions.
Coronado quarterback Ben Carney threw 242 yards and a first half touchdown, but Coronado only ran for eight total rushing yards, and came up empty on their last four second half possessions after they tied things up at 14.
Max Marquez and Dallas Slaughter also recorded interceptions for the T-Birds.
Sutton is our Speaking Rock player of the Game with his big performance helping Franklin improve to 6-1 overall, and 1-1 in district play. Franklin will play at Montwood next Thursday.
Coronado drops to 1-6 overall and 0-2 in district and will host Socorro next week for their homecoming game.
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