Tackling Livonia Franklin senior quarterback Denzel Adams is about as challenging as catching lightning in a bottle.
Milford’s football team found this out the hard way Thursday night as Adams dodged and darted for four touchdown runs in the Patriots’ statement-making 35-0 road victory.
Speaking of bottles, the Patriots’ defense canned the Mavericks’ offense, limiting the hosts to 49 yards rushing.
Adams picked up where he left off in the second half of last week’s 49-39 loss to Livonia Stevenson when he brought the Patriots back from a 35-10 deficit to within three with his quick feet and deceptive power.
The fleet-footed signal-caller torched Milford’s defense for 149 yards on 12 carries. He also completed 2 of 3 passes for 12 yards.
Senior running back Nate Binkiewicz also had a productive night for the winners, rushing for 139 on 22 carries.
Defensively, David Brackett intercepted a pass for Franklin and Kelvin Oleita recovered a fumble.
Adams broke a scoreless draw in the second quarter when he scored on a keeper from eight yards out. Jake Giacobbi then tacked on his first of five successful extra points to make it 7-0.
Franklin carried a 14-0 lead into the half thanks to a 22-yard TD run by Jacob Clark, who finished the night with 57 yards on three hauls.
The Patriots maintained the momentum in the third quarter with a pair of scoring runs by Adams – one from nine yards out and the other on a 43-yard sprint.
Adams capped the scoring with a 1-yard plunge in the fourth stanza.
Milford quarterback Zack Jones completed 9 of 15 passes for 120 yards. Joe Bravo led the hosts’ running attack with 28 yards on 10 carries.
Oleita had four tackles for the Patriots, who visit Canton on Friday, Sept. 11, for the KLAA South Division opener for both teams.