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Danville spoils Frankfort's homecoming with 46-0 loss

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FUMBLE RECOVERY: Frankfort’s Ramsey Mitchell goes the other way after picking up a fumble in the second half of the Hot Dogs’ 46-0 loss to Danville.
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RUNNING HARD: Frankfort’s Jack Wilkins turns up field during Friday’s 46-0 homecoming loss to Danville. Wilkins led the Hot Dogs with 41 yards on the ground.

BY ANDREW KRULL - akrull@ftimes.com

Danville put a damper on Frankfort’s football homecoming on Friday beating the Hot Dogs 46-0, but head coach James Byers still remains encouraged with his squad’s progress.

“It’s a bright future even though the present looks a little murky,” he said. “It’s still a growing process and our kids are doing a great job of competing and getting better every day. It’s like I told these guys, ‘this ballgame was 62-nothing at the end of the third quarter last year.’

“I love the way our guys compete. I love the way they play hard every play.

“We started the game intense and we ended the game intense,” Byers added. “It doesn’t matter what the scoreboard says ... they are going to play hard and that’s something that you don’t find everywhere.”

“That’s encouraging. We’ve just got to keep improving. We’ve got to get stronger, got to get bigger, got to execute a little better and a lot of that comes with time and reps. We start nine underclassmen on offense and so that continued development is going to be important.”

The Warriors jumped on Frankfort early with quarterback Kale Payne completing three straight passes finishing with an 18-yard strike to Dominick Wynn for a 7-0 lead less than a minute into the game.

A fumbled punt gave Danville the ball back at the Frankfort 3-yard line on their next possession and after an incompletion Payne connected with Tyler Dostin for a 14-0 lead with 9:17 left in the first quarter.

The Hot Dogs got a first down on their next possession after a 7-yard run by Jack Wilkins and 4 yards from Riley Goodnight and a Wilkins 53-yard punt pinned Danville back to its own 4. It didn’t matter as Payne hit Matthew Brabac around the 30 on the first play of the possession and Brabac outraced the Frankfort defenders for a 96-yard touchdown and a 20-0 lead with 6:02 left in the quarter.

After a Frankfort punt, the Hot Dogs forced Danville into a 3rd and 21 situation after a tackle for loss on a screen play by Reece Mitchell and a penalty. However, Payne proceeded to connect for his fourth passing touchdown of the quarter, connecting for 41 yards to Luke Wooten with 2 minutes left in the stanza. The Hot Dogs broke up the two-point conversion pass for a 26-0 score.

Wilkins completed a 14-yard pass to Cameron Swinford on a fake punt on Frankfort’s next possession, pushing the Hot Dogs to the Danville 39. An incompletion, delay of game penalty, two 4-yard runs by Wilkins and Sam Michael and an incompletion on a Jade Ayers pass just out of Swinford’s reach stopped the drive and turned the ball over on downs to Danville.

Payne completed a 3-minute, seven-play drive with a 5-yard touchdown pass to Dostin for a 33-0 loss with 7:10 left in the half. He hit Kaleb Stevens with an 11-yard touchdown with 3:57 left for a 40-0 advantage.

A 15-yard run by Wilkins and a roughing the punter call let the Hot Dogs run out the clock to halftime, with Ayers nearly connecting with Swinford on a deep throw to the end zone as time expired after receiving a lateral pass from Michael in the flat.

In the second half, Frankfort’s Ramsey Mitchell recovered a fumbled snap with Danville on the Frankfort 4 on the Warriors’ first possession and took it back to the 17.

Jimmy Greenfield intercepted a Michael pass on Frankfort’s next possession, but the Hot Dogs stopped the Warriors (playing reserves) on downs with Reece Mitchell making a nice tackle for a 3-yard loss on the first play.

Michael had a nice run for 9 yards on Frankfort’s next offensive play but fumbled struggling for the first down and Danville took possession again with 7:38 left in the game.

Ramsey Mitchell had back-to-back sacks to turn the ball back over to Frankfort on downs, but Danville’s Caleb McRoberts read a screen pass in the flat on Frankfort’s next possession and picked it off with nobody between him and the end zone for a 59-yard TD. The touchdown with 2:12 left completed the scoring.

“The twins (Ramsey and Reece Mitchell) did a great job and they’ve done a great job all year for our defense,” Byers said.

Wilkins led the Hot Dogs with unofficially 41 yards on 14 carries with Michael completing 3-8 passes for 24 yards with two interceptions and Wilkins 1-1 for 14 yards. Swinford caught two passes for 21 yards, with Kyle Earl getting one for 9 yards and Ayers one for 8 yards. Ramsey Mitchell had two sacks and a fumble recovery.

“Jack Wilkins did a tremendous job running the ball,” Ayers said. “He ran the ball really hard today, broke some tackles, carried some piles. He did an awesome job from the backfield.

“Our offensive line played better than they did last week. They’re making strides. I mean we start four sophomores and a junior on the line.”

Byers agreed that Michael may have been a little rusty after missing games due to injury.

“Early on some of his balls were a little off,” he said. “I think once he settled in and got used to the pressure he threw some better balls. ... It’s starting to come back to him after being out for two weeks with that injury.”

Payne completed 15-17 passes for Danville for 252 yards and six touchdowns with five different receivers catching them. Brabec had 96 yards on his one touchdown reception while Dostin led with five catches (two for TDs) and 21 yards. Chandler Shubert rushed for 49 yards on four carries.

Frankfort fell to 0-7 (0-5 Sagamore Conference) with the loss, while Danville improved to 4-3 (4-1). The Hot Dogs next host conference foe North Montgomery on Friday for senior night.