Country Day cruises to win over Ben Franklin

Country Day scored 48 straight points to cruise past visiting Ben Franklin 55-14 on Friday night.

“They were ready,” Country Day coach Richard Wood said. “We had three big mistakes in the first quarter, and when we stopped doing that, we got cranked.”

In the first quarter, Country Day’s Andrew Kern had a 51-yard run that got the Cajuns to the Falcons’ 15-yard line, but two penalties for 25 yards brought the ball back to the 41.

Kern eventually found himself back in the red zone and made a 20-yard touchdown run at the 7:46 mark of the first.

The Falcons answered with a 67-yard run to tie the score a minute later, then scored again at the 1:55 mark of the opening period when Ronald Bailey made a 25-yard pass to Nick Olsenowski to give Ben Franklin a 14-7 lead.

Country Day (2-0) made it back to the end zone when Michael Mann threw a 4-yard pass to Trey Harrell to tie the score at 9:54 in the second.

Kern set up another possible Cajuns score when we ran for 17 yards to get the ball to the 6-yard line. Mann followed with a 4-yard pass to Buddy Waguespack to put Country Day up 21-14 at the 5:35 mark.

Chase Griffin, who had two possible runs called back because of penalties in the first quarter, finally had a 53-yard touchdown run at the 1:40 mark of the second quarter to put Country Day up 28-14.

The Cajuns finished the first half with 143 rushing yards, and Mann had his team’s 48 passing yards. Ben Franklin (1-1) finished with 78 rushing yards, and Bailey had his team’s 25 passing yards.

Country Day started the third quarter with Kern making a 34-yard run to bring the ball to the 1, where Griffin scored to give the Cajuns a 35-14 lead at 7:13.

Kern then had a 4-yard touchdown run to put the Cajuns up 41-14 at the 3:23 of the third.

Ben Franklin showed signs of life in the fourth quarter when Jack Heyl picked off a pass from Michael Mann, but the Cajuns recovered and Griffin made a 51-yard run to put Country Day up 48-14.

“We had a problem with conditioning,” Ben Franklin coach Wally Scott said. “I thought we were a little conditioned better.”