The Marion-Franklin High School football team overcame 18 penalties and an injury to a two-way regular to beat visiting Brookhaven 27-2 in a non-league game of City League schools Sept. 6.
The win improved the Red Devils to 2-0 and marked their sixth win in seven meetings against the Bearcats, who fell to 1-1.
Junior Alijahwon Tarvin, who starts at linebacker for the Red Devils and had three carries for 21 yards, went down with a broken leg early in the second quarter.
“Our defense played well,” Marion-Franklin coach Brian Haffele said. “(Tarvin) is our leader so they were shaken up at first, but we kind of got it together in the second half.”
Marion-Franklin senior Jhulyis Monroe, who starts at running back, defensive back and punter, had 128 yards on 17 carries, including a 3-yard touchdown with 3 minutes, 29 seconds to go in the second quarter to make it 7-2.
That scoring drive took 14 plays and 82 yards. The injury to Tarvin came on the fourth play of the possession and halted play for about 25 minutes.
There had been 13 penalties and five timeouts called by that time.
“(The penalties were) terrible,” Haffele said. “I think it was two teams lacking focus.”
Marion-Franklin made it 13-2 on a 14-yard touchdown run by Landon Yeartie with 10:04 left in the third quarter.
Willie Barns added scoring runs of 5 yards with 8:57 to go and 2 yards with 5:44 left to complete the scoring for the Red Devils.
Brookhaven scored its only points with 8:22 left in the first quarter when a punt snap went out of the back of the end zone for a safety.
Paul Hughes led the Bearcats with 60 yards on six carries, but Brookhaven finished with just 109 yards of offense.
“(Marion-Franklin’s) defense is outstanding,” Brookhaven coach Trevor White said. “They’re big and physical, and we had trouble passing the ball.”
B--Safety, punt snap went through back of end zone
MF--Monroe 3 run (Thomas kick)
MF--Yeartie 14 run (kick failed)
MF--Barns 5 run (Thomas kick)
MF--Barns 2 run (Thomas kick)