Foster Breaks Out as Royals Run Over Franklin
Written by: Dylan Matz on Saturday, September 30th, 2017
The Erie Royals once again are homecoming spoilers. This time it was the Franklin Knights that fell victim to the speed and strength of the Royals single wing rushing attack. With leading rusher JaGannon Williams hurt, the Royals needed someone to step up in a big way. Tony Foster put the team on his back.
Foster would rumble through and around Franklin defenders for 260 yards on 19 carries. Foster also scored three touchdowns in his breakout performance. The junior was virtually unstoppable, and adds another dimension to the Erie High offense.
The Royals got on the board by way of a 41 yard fumble return by senior linebacker Keshawn Goudy. Sophomore backer Brendyn Thurston came off the edge and laid the initial hit on Franklin QB Ian Haynes leading to the fumble. Goudy scooped it up and had a clear path for the score.
Danny Blue punched the next score in from 4 yards out for the Royals, increasing their lead to 14-0. After stopping the Knights once again, Erie’s quarterback Jason Williams continued his hot play with a 12 yard touchdown pass to Caleb Houston. Houston now has five touchdown receptions on the year.
The Knights were not going to settle with a big loss on their homecoming and came battling back with two consecutive touchdown passes from Ian Haynes to Brandon Johnson. Haynes, only a sophomore, possessed poise in the pocket and was able to string together two solid drives, putting the Knights down 7 at halftime.
The Royals bounced back in a big way to start the second half. Jason Williams rumbled in from two yards out, before Foster broke off a 51 yard touchdown run. Erie’s final third quarter touchdown was an 18 yard run by sophomore Trevon Tate.
Haynes then connected for two more touchdowns to Johnson to cut into Erie’s lead and make it 41-27.
Foster came back and rolled through Franklin defenders on two long touchdown runs of 44 and 63 yards to increase Erie’s lead to 55-27. Jason Williams ended Erie scoring with a 24 yard touchdown run, which was his third total touchdown on the night. The senior captain finished the game with 66 yards on 11 carries.
Overall, the Knights played a tough game. Sophomore Ian Haynes looked impressive and will be fun to watch and he continues to improve the next two years for Franklin. The Knights will host Meadville next week in another grinder for them.
The Erie Royals (5-1) travel to Gus Anderson field in the biggest game in school history up to this point. The Royals take on McDowell (3-3) in a preview of the 6A D-10 title game. The Trojans defeated Holidaysburgh this past Friday 42-38.
Notes: Tony Foster now holds the Erie High School record for most rushing yards in a game. T
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