MALONE - Franklin Academy broke open a close game with a 22-point second quarter Saturday on the way to a 43-6 win over Tupper Lake.
The big blow came when Huskies quarterback Mitch Gallagher sprinted 96 yards for Malone's fourth score of the game late in the second quarter. The touchdown gave Franklin Academy a 28-6 lead and put the game out of reach for the Lumberjacks.
Gallagher ran the ball nine times for 182 and three touchdowns. He also connected for three passes eight on 10 attempts for 93 yards and a touchdown.
Tupper Lake quarterback Mitch Keniston tries to break a tackle against a Franklin Academy defender Saturday in Malone. The Lumberjacks lost the game 43-6.
(Enterprise photo — Mike Lynch)
The Huskies ran 27 times for 348 yards and four touchdowns.
"I think we weren't real sharp at the start and they just pulled together in the second quarter, and again some of the plays were clicking," Huskies coach Greg Marshall said. "Going no-huddle, I think we tired them out a little bit toward the end of the half."
In the first quarter, when Tupper Lake appeared to have a shot at winning this game, the Lumberjacks were able to move the ball on offense and played solid defense except for a few long runs.
"They are fast team and speed does hurt us," Lumberjacks coach Dennis Klossner said. "I like the physicalness that the kids played with throughout the whole game."
The Lumberjacks would have been able to end the quarter down just one point but they allowed a 70-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by Cody Boyea right after they put up their first points of the game. That gave the Huskies a 13-6 lead after one quarter.
Tupper Lake scored its lone touchdown on a two-yard run by running back Elliot Kerst with 5:24 remaining in the first quarter. It was Tupper Lake's first drive of the game. The big play of the drive came when quarterback Mitch Keniston hit Brock Tarbox for a 40-yard reception that put the Lumberjacks at the 33-yard line.
On the drive, Tyler Minogue and Keniston each had a run of 10 yards.
Unfortunately for Tupper Lake, Minogue and Tarbox each left the game with injuries before the end of the first half. The injuries left an already small, Class C Tupper Lake team without enough firepower to hold off the Class B Huskies.
"We came out real hard, played well," Klossner said. "I was real happy with the way we started the game. We started out banged up and we've got a lot of guys out. Hopefully, we'll be getting some guys back. They jumped on us early. We came right back. It should have been more of a 14-13 game (in the first quarter). We just couldn't capitalize on key things."
Tupper Lake could have made the score 14-13 on a drive late in the first quarter after forcing a turnover deep in Franklin Academy's territory.
Gallagher fumbled the ball at the 18-yard line.
On Tupper Lake's next play, Keniston ran seven yards to the 11. The Lumberjacks eventually got the ball to the eight-yard line and had first-and-goal, but they were stuffed by the Huskies defense and didn't pick up any points.
The last three touchdowns for the Huskies were all 46 yards or more. Gallagher had touchdown runs of 94 and 46 yards while Tyrek Sneed had a 64 yard run.
"That was just the speed, the team speed of Malone," Klossner said. "They have such quickness in their cuts that we overplayed and then they cut off it. Like I said, I was happy with the way our defense played. They're that much quicker. They're such a quick team we had trouble containing them."
Tupper Lake hosts Ogdensburg on Friday in its next game. Tupper Lake hopes to get some of its injured players back, although Minogue's injury appeared serious enough to keep him out for a few games. He appeared to injure his shoulder or collarbone.
"We've got to get healthy," Klossner said. "We were banged up. After the game, we became even more banged up, but we should get a couple kids back. I mean, we can play with Ogdensburg. We're excited about playing them. They're not as fast but they run the spread offense like (Franklin Academy). I think we can run with them. I think the biggest thing is getting people healthy."
Tupper Lake fell to 1-4 with the loss while Malone improved to 4-1.
Franklin Academy 43, Saranac Lake 6
FA - Picaro 17 run (Smith kick), 10:04
TL - Kerst 2 run (kick failed), 5:24
FA - Boyea 70 kick return (kick failed), 5:11
FA - Gallagher 9 run (Gallagher pass to Monette), 7:54
FA - Gallagher 94 run (Smith kick), 3:17
FA - Sneed 64 run (Smith kick), 1:05
FA - Gallagher 46 run (Ellison run), 4:20
TL - Minogue 11-41, Kerst 9-17 TD, Charland 5-5, Keniston 10-12, Bombard 8-11. Totals: 43 - 86 TD.
FA - Gallagher 9-182 3TDS, Sneed 4-117 TD, Ellison 1-3, Picaro 2-4, Perry 8-31, Mulverhill 1-9, Smith 2-2. Totals: 27 - 348 4TDS.
TL: Keniston 5-10 49 2INTS.
FA: Gallagher 8-10 93 TD, Henning 0-1 0, Picaro 0-1 0. Totals: 8-12 93 TD.
TL: Larson 1-6, Bourbeau 1-40, Minogue 2- -6, Tarbox 1-9
FA: Picaro 2-54 TD, King 1-6, Smith 1-19, Monette 3-53. Perry 1-6.
FA - Picaro 2.