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August 29, 2009

Frankston downs No. 1 Cayuga


H-P Associate Editor

FRANKSTON — In 1994, Sam Wells was a member of the first team in Cayuga school history to qualify for the state football playoffs.

Fifteen years later on Friday night, the second-year Frankston head coach was on the opposite sideline, guiding the Indians to a stunning, season-opening 33-26 win over No. 1 ranked Cayuga in a non-district nailbitter.

"You always want to do well in front of your hometown," Wells said in the victorious locker room following the Indians' come-from-behind win. "The main thing is they are so talented and ranked No. 1 in the state. Not many people gave us a shot, but our kids played their guts out...We just had hearts of champions."

The Indians were able to pull off the upset without the services of all-state candidate and senior defensive tackle Coby Coleman who missed the contest due to an ankle injury. The Texas Tech commitment could possibly return in two weeks.

Frankston got a nicely-managed game from junior quarterback Jamal Allen and ran the ball effectively for most of the night against the Wildcats. The Indians finished with a whopping 323 rushing yards, with sophomore Treston Coleman doing half of the damage with 161 yards on 15 carries.

During the final quarter, Frankston took advantage of Cayuga's wide splits at the defensive tackles, with Allen taking a quick snap and racing through the middle of the line on several key plays down the stretch.

"Our offense allows for the quarterback to audible at the line of scrimmage," Wells said. "We were just taking what they were giving us."

After falling behind, 14-0, in the game's opening five minutes after losing two quick fumbles, Frankston fought back to tie the game at 20 with just under four minutes remaining in the third quarter.

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