SHENANDOAH JUNCTION — After just two plays in the Frankfort at Washington football game, the score was 7-7 because kickoffs had been returned for scores by the Falcons’ Cole Smith and the Patriots’ Colin Gustines.
Afterward, it was only Washington that kept up the searing scoring pace. And the Patriots were able to ruin Frankfort’s unbeaten season by taming the Class AA Falcons, 55-29, at Marcus Stadium last Friday.
Washington was 2-6 overall and Frankfort went to 7-1 overall.
The Patriots found many ways to pluck the Falcons and puncture their unbeaten balloon. Dante Washington had two touchdowns, one on a six-yard run and the other on a four-yard run. Gustines scored twice, the first on his early kickoff return and the other on a 41-yard run from scrimmage.
Washington had a 27-7 lead after the first quarter.
Michael Grant started the second quarter scoring with a 33-yard TD catch of a Matt Harris pass. Bryan Bayliss’s catch of an eight-yard pass from Harris helped lift the Patriots into a 40-14 lead by halftime.
Bayliss booted a 23-yard field goal to boost the lead to 43-14 early in the third period. Harris’s third TD throw went 11 yards to Derrick Brunson and had the Falcons reeling under the weight of a 49-14 deficit.
Although Frankfort managed a Brady Watson scoring run and 22-yard scoring catch by Cutter, it still trailed 49-27.
A bad snap by the Patriots gave Franfort a safety and its last points. And then Washington finalized the scoring with a Tony Vazquez fumble recovery in the Frankfort end zone.
Dante Washington accounted for 241 rushing yards of his team’s 357 ground-game yards. The Patriots had 483 yards of total offense and gladly accepted the six turnovers the Falcons lost.
Washington held the Falcons to only 81 rushing yards. But Cutter had six catches for 191 yards.The Patriots host Hampshire on Friday at Marcus Stadium in a 7 p.m. game that will be the last home game of the 2012 season.