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(webcast) 3A-31 Semifinal: Franklin County 19, Greensburg 18

Greensburg- They just play close football games.  Franklin County and Greensburg have been involved in a number of close contests the last several years.  Most recently during the 2019 first round of 3A Sectional 31, the host Pirates held off the Wildcats 27-26.  The sectional semifinal rematch on 2020’s Halloween Eve Friday saw that result reversed. Franklin County prevailed 19-18 at Shriver Field in Greensburg.

This game was part of our Bruns-Gutzwiller Fall Webcast Schedule and can be seen again in HD by clicking here.

Coach Scott Moore’s Pirates held Franklin County to a 3-and-out during the Wildcats first series.  However, Greensburg’s first offensive effort also yielded nothing thanks, in part, to a pair of sacks by Franklin County defensive end Sam Westerfield.  The junior currently leads the Cats in sacks (now 9.5) this season.

Coach Wes Gillman’s Brookville boys took over on their own 12 and experienced quite a roller coaster ride.  While Franklin County was able to drive all the way down inside the Greensburg 10, the trip to get there was anything but easy. Two separate 18-yard runs by receiver Jacob Schatzle and quarterback Adam Kelly were among the highlights.

But the drive was hampered by four different penalties. The last two were quite costly as the Cats were escorted back from the GCHS 9 to the 33.  The drive ended on a defensive pass interception by the Pirates Adam Koester, his first of the season, on the Greensburg 1-yard line.

The Buccaneers got their backs out of the end zone and worked the ball just across midfield before the drive stalled. A Toby Brogan punt was downed on the FC 17.

The game’s first scoring drive by Franklin County came next covering 83 yards in nine plays.  The Cats got yardage in chunks.  Kelly rushed for 10 and 18 yards while halfback Hunter Tschaenn rumbled for 14, 12, 8 and the scoring run of 18 yards.  Kelly’s PAT was good and Franklin County led 7-0 with 1:43 to play in the second quarter.

Each team had abbreviated possessions before intermission but never threatened to score.

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