Late Interception Ends Franklin’s Comeback Bid; Oil City Falls for First Time

| September 15, 2018

FRANKLIN, Pa. (EYT) – Only three yards separated Franklin from its second win of the year, but Ian Haynes’ pass on first-and-goal from the 3-yard line with 30 seconds to play was intercepted by DuBois’ Eric Schneider allowing the visiting Beavers to escape with a 27-24 come-from-behind win.

(Photo: Ian Haynes, Franklin)

Franklin, which led 18-7 until late in the first half, trailed 27-18 midway through the fourth quarter before Haynes scored on a 7-yard run with 3:22 to play.

The Knights then got the ball back and were able to get into great scoring position before the interception by Schneider sealed the win for DuBois.

Franklin had grabbed the 11-point lead thanks to three Haynes touchdown passes in the first half.

He hit Cade Adams with scoring tosses of 57 and 29 yards and also found Trey Carulli from 56 yards out.

But DuBois scored just before the half on a 15-yard Alex Kovalyak to Nick Dilullo pass with 40 seconds left in the second quarter to close within four, 18-14, at the break.

Then the Beavers (2-2 overall, 2-1 D10, R7) took the lead for good when a muffed punt by the Knights (1-3, 0-2) led to a 1-yard Dylan McCluskey touchdown run, his second of the game to go with a 10-yard run in the first half. That score put DuBois ahead 21-18, and the Beavers made it 27-18 when Chase Husted hauled down a 49-yard scoring pass from Kovalyak with 4:58 to play.

Haynes had a big night for Franklin going 21 of 43 for 377 yards and three touchdowns. Adams had eight catches for 203 yards and two scores with Carulli catching six passes for 118 yards and the touchdown.

Kovalyak, the junior making his second start, was 13 of 29 for 199 yards and the two scores with Husted catching six passes for 98 yards and a touchdown and Schneider catching two passes for 67 yards. Schneider also ran nine times for 93 yards. McCluskey had 85 yards and the two touchdowns on 10 carries. Husted had three of DuBois’ five sacks on Haynes.


EDINBORO, Pa. – In a game that saw all the scoring occur before halftime, General McLane scored 10 unanswered second-quarter points to hand visiting Oil City its first loss of the year, 17-12.

The Oilers (3-1 overall, 1-1 D10, R7) led 12-7 at the end of the first quarter thanks to Christian Coles’ 15th touchdown run of the year and an 83-yard Holden Stahl to Brayden Crocker touchdown pass.

But that was all the scoring in the game for Oil City, who was outgained 335 to 277 including 335 to 194 on the ground.

Cole did have his fourth straight 100-yard rushing game with 23 carries for 134 yards and the score giving him unofficially 986 yards and 15 touchdowns through four games.

But Ben Howe-Jones rushed for 244 yards and two touchdowns on 25 carries for the Lancers (3-1, 3-0) to offset the nice night by the Oil City runner.

Oil City did have a chance to take the lead in the fourth quarter but was stopped from the General McLane 4-yard. On the other hand, the Oilers defense twice stopped the Lancers inside the 5-yard line in the second half.

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