By Mike Mathews
(Cumberland, Md.) Times-News
SHORT GAP —
North Marion head coach Daran Hays felt a bit uneasy on the bus ride to Frankfort Friday afternoon.
Frankfort head coach Kevin Whiteman felt the same at halftime Friday night.
Then Brady Watson and Co. took over in the third quarter, quickly turning a one-point game into a Frankfort 35-13 season-opening rout at Falcon Stadium.
Watson ran 13 times for 122 yards and three touchdowns and came up with two big third-down tackles in the third quarter that helped turn the tide for the Falcons.
“Brady is an animal and the most determined football player I’ve ever coached,’’ Whiteman said of the 5-7, 180-pound junior fullback and linebacker. “I can’t say enough about him. He had a phenomenal game.”
Frankfort trailed 10-7 after the first quarter, led 14-10 at the half but would have trailed if not for consecutive touchdown-saving tackles of Chase Banker late in the half by Seth Logsdon, the first after a 38-yard run to the 25-yard line, and the next on an 11-yard run to the 14.