Football: Catonsville rolls past Franklin

A year ago, Franklin's Ian Thomas had a career night against Catonsville in a 42-34 Indian victory while Catonsville's D'Andre Lane was on the Comet junior varsity.

Friday night, at Catonsville High, Lane, a junior, was the featured back for the Comets, and Thomas, who caught four touchdown passes and had 213 yards receiving in last season's meeting, was the focal point of the Comet defense.

On a rain-soaked field, Comet defenders strapped on their chin straps, traded their snorkel gear for mouth pieces, and hunkered down in the trenches and held Thomas without a touchdown as the Comets rolled to a 35-7 victory.

"We weren't going to let him beat us again," Catonsville coach Rich Hambor said.

Senior defensive end Sean Lipscomb echoed those same feelings.

"We're not going to lose to the same team again and same person," said Lipscomb, who had four sacks and forced two fumbles. "It can't be one person that beats us. We need the whole team to beat us."

Instead, it was the Comets who provided the beating as they dominated both lines of scrimmages and finished with six sacks and four turnovers.

Two of the turnovers were returned for touchdowns.

On the offensive side, Lane rushed for 135 of the 260 total rushing yards in the Comets' first win over the Indians since 2007.

Lipscomb, who suffered a hip pointer in last week's 35-15 victory over Woodlawn, forced a fumble on Franklin's first play from scrimmage.

Two plays later, quarterback Aaron Jones connected with Deniko Carter for a 24-yard touchdown strike and 7-0 lead after Eric Medinger's extra point.

Catonsville stretched the lead to 14-0 early in the second quarter on a 3-yard run by Jones that capped a 12-play 93-yard drive which featured a 44-yard run by Lane and 21-yard jaunt by Josh Hylton.

Franklin cut the lead in half with 5:21 left until halftime when quarterback Jackson Thornton connected with Thomas on a 41-yard post that set up Shaquille Melvin's 1-yard touchdown run.

Catonsville put the game away in the third quarter.

On the Comets' first drive, Lane, who was the full-time starter after an injury to Jerome Williams (broken collar bone) gained 53 of the 65 yards on a 12-play drive that culminated in a touchdown sneak by Jones.

"We said we are going to get this third quarter kickoff and run right down the field in 10 or 12 plays and we did," Hambor said.

They ran behind a line that included Antoine Wright, Jon Reymann, Nathan Reeves, Brandon Dixon, Travis Davis and Julian Jones.

Five plays later, Lipscomb forced a fumble on a sack of Thornton and Julian Jones raced 40-yards for a score.

Jones' two-point conversion run made it 28-7 and Joseth Hylton's 52-yard interception return for a score ended the scoring.

"We just said go like it's the first quarter and play hard and we came out and did what we had to do," Lane said. "We wanted to run up the score so there was no way they could beat us."

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