Franklin hosted a football game under the lights for the first time Friday night, but it was Westfield that proved to be the prime time players.
Chris Hogge and Eugene Rawles powered Westfield to an early lead that proved to be insurmountable as the Blue Devils snapped a three-game losing streak with a 40-14 victory.
Hogge completed nine of 14 passes for 202 yards and two touchdowns while Rawles rushed 22 times for 120 yards and four short scoring runs as Westfield avenged a 35-0 loss loss from last season.
Westfield (3-3) amassed a 33-6 advantage by halftime behind a pair of touchdown passes by Hogge and three short scoring runs by Rawles, each set up by Hogge bombs.
The senior quarterback connected on his first four pass attempts for a total of 133 yards and completed eight of 11 for 179 yards overall in the first half.
Hogge hooked up with Dylan Elliott for a 30-yard touchdown pass on the Blue Devils’ first play from scrimmage and a pair of 48-yard strikes to David Kane and Elliott set up Rawles’ first two touchdown runs.
Westfield scored on its first five possessions before taking over with 20.6 seconds left in the half after recovering a Franklin fumble at the Warriors 30.
Franklin’s one shining moment in the first half followed a muffed Westfield punt return that the Warriors’ Bryce Davis recovered at the Westfield 23. On the very next play Derek Balbierz connected with Trevor Smith along the left sideline in the end zone to reduce Westfield’s lead to 14-6 with 11:28 left in the second quarter.
Westfield needed just four plays to cover 66 yards and answer that score, the first the 48-yard toss to Elliott that set up Rawles second touchdown run.
Westfield, which had been outscored by a 60-6 margin over the second halves of its previous three outings, only scored once after intermission, but on this night that wasn’t a problem. Rawles’ final touchdown with 2.2 seconds left in the third quarter came on a 6-yard run that capped a 34-yard drive in which he carried on all six plays.
Franklin’s final score came on a 95-yard sprint by Jave Brown with 47.8 seconds remaining in the contest, which proved to be far too little and far too late.
W – D. Elliott 30 pass from Hogge (Hogge kick)
W – Rawles 1 run (Hogge kick)
F – Smith 23 pass from Balbierz (kick failed)
W – Rawles 4 run (kick failed)
W – S. Elliott 10 pass from Hogge (Hogge kick)
W – Rawles 5 run (kick failed)
W – Rawles 6 run (Hogge kick)
F – Brown 95 run (Robinson pass from Balbierz)
RUSHING: W – Rawles 22-120, Curry 2-19, Douglas 8-14, Hogge 4-(-18); F – Brown 1-95, Middleton 10-32, Anderson 1-3, Balbierz 6-(-51).
PASSING: W – Hogge 9-14-0-202; F – Balbierz 8-20-0-89.
RECEIVING:W – Kane 3-93, D. Elliott 3-85, S. Elliott 3-24, ; F – Smith 5-57, Middleton 2-33, Robinson 1-(-1).