Who said ball control is the key to winning games? Time of possession was hardly a factor as Franklin used a big-play offense to beat Ballard...

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Who said ball control is the key to winning games?

Time of possession was hardly a factor as Franklin used a big-play offense to beat Ballard 35-19 in a KingCo 4A Conference game Friday at Seattle’s Memorial Stadium.

Franklin (2-2 overall, 2-1 league) had first-half scoring drives of one and two plays, and ran only 15 plays to Ballard’s 35 while being staked to a 14-3 halftime advantage.

“If we’re quick-striking on the run, you can’t help it,” said Franklin coach Mario Bailey. “I like to throw the ball, but the Wing-T, if that’s what’s going to make us successful, right now that’s the way to do it.”

Sylvester Nzweke, a 6-foot, 175-pound junior, was largely responsible for the Quakers’ quick-strike attack. He gained 169 yards on nine carries, including touchdown runs of 69 and 80 yards.

“It was just good blocking,” Nzweke said.

The Beavers (1-3, 1-3) had their chances, but were unable to capitalize after recovering an onside kick and a fumble in the first half.

It didn’t help that Ballard quarterback Joey Bolinger went down in the first quarter with an arm injury going for a loose ball after a Beavers running back coughed it up. Bolinger was sidelined the remainder of the game. Ballard coaches speculated that Bolinger had a separated shoulder.

Bolinger’s replacement, Clayton Brenden, was intercepted four times — three in the second half. The Quakers’ Peyton Siva returned a third-quarter interception 25 yards for a touchdown after Ballard had scored to narrow Franklin’s lead to 14-11.

A Ballard fumble early in the fourth quarter was recovered by Franklin, setting up Andre Davis’ second touchdown, a 41-yard dash up the middle.

“We just ran out of our bag of tricks,” Ballard offensive coordinator Davis Lura said of the Beavers’ game plan after losing Bolinger. “I thought Clayton did a good job tonight. He got thrown into the fire.”

Sparks also flew from Franklin’s dynamic running game. The Quakers totaled 282 yards on the ground, none through the air.

Other games

Bothell 32, Garfield 12

At Memorial Stadium, Jon Kirchner ran for three touchdowns for the Cougars (3-1, 3-0), who led 25-0 at halftime. The junior running back gained 91 yards on 15 carries and scored on a pair of 1-yard runs and an 8-yard run. Quarterback Malcom Byrd passed for two touchdowns and Dontae Jenkins ran for 157 yards for the Bulldogs (0-4, 0-4).

Woodinville 17, Inglemoor 7

At Pop Keeney Stadium in Bothell, Woodinville (3-1, 3-1) capitalized on five turnovers by Inglemoor while not giving up the football in a game controlled by the defenses. Three of the Vikings’ turnovers, a fumble and two interceptions, came in the second half. Senior running back Brent Sorenson scored the Falcons’ touchdowns on runs of 1 and 7 yards, and Jered Leslie kicked a 33-yard field goal. Inglemoor (1-3, 1-2) got its only TD on Giovanni Learned’s 87-yard pass to Andy Palmer.