Interim coach Michael Thomas wasn't quite sure what to expect from his Franklin squad Friday night at Baltimore County 1A-2A League rival, Overlea.
Five of his players had been suspended from school and the team for assaulting a teammate in the locker room. Coach Greg Fuhrman was suspended for a lack of supervision, pending the outcome of an investigation into the incident by Northwest area superintendent, Donna Flynn.
Thomas wasn't sure how focused the team would be. But the Indians responded with what might be the school's first win at Overlea, 18-12.
"The kids went out and played an incredible game. When they got on the field, all of the distractions went away and they were able to stay focused," said Brown, an ROTC instructor at Franklin. "They executed well, and ran all the plays we had practiced. They responded well by doing everything they were asked, and just played hard all the way through to the end."
Quarterback Ricky Washington threw for about 70 yards, including two 15-yard touchdowns to receiver Tavon Davis.
Mike Brown rushed for nearly 100 yards, scoring a 1-yard touchdown behind lineman, Ronald Hamlin, according to Thomas.
Kicking specialist, Andrew Reed, blasted two gargantuan punts - one for 55 yards, and another for 50.
The Indians (1-1 overall and in the 1A-2A league, ), who forfeited their first game as a result of a brawl that took place on Aug. 30 (before the start of the season), play Owings Mills next week, followed by Baltimore County power, Hereford.
Hereford senior Mike Rostek displayed a mighty foot in the Bulls' 42-6 route of county 1A-2A league rival Loch Raven.
Rostek booted five of his six kickoffs into the end zone and converted on each of his six extra point attempts. Rostek's game-opening kickoff went through the uprights.
Rostek has converted all 14 of his extra-point tries this season for the Bulls (2-0), who have outscored their opponents by a combined 98-6.