Franklin-Simpson coach Tim Schlosser says depth is one his team’s biggest strengths this season.
But make no mistake about it – Friday’s game was a two-man show.
Senior running backs (and cousins) Darius and Jerrell Wickware accounted for 265 of Franklin-Simpson’s 368 yards of total offense in a 56-0 win over Greenwood, as well as six of eight touchdowns.
It was almost seven touchdowns, as Jerrell once fumbled at the Greenwood 3 after a 32-yard reception.
“Last year, they came down on our home turf and beat us, so we knew we had to pay them back,” Jerrell Wickware said after the win. “Me and (Darius) just want to do what we can to help the team win.”
Darius Wickware had 116 rushing yards and four touchdowns in the game, continuing his torrid start to the season.
Through Franklin-Simpson’s first four games – in which the Wildcats have gone 3-1 – Wickware has totaled 501 rushing yards and 11 scores.
“This feels great,” Darius Wickware said. “Everybody kept their composure and everybody stayed on their job. When you’re up, you never want to get big-headed, so we were just trying to keep that zero on the scoreboard on the other side.”
Jerrell Wickware tends to be more of a threat in the passing game, amassing 266 receiving yards and two touchdowns this season.
Both of those scores came in Friday’s win.
Word has it the Wildcats have a host of candidates to replace the Wickwares at running back after they graduate. Some of those players got quality playing time in Friday’s blowout, including Bo Williams and Chris Holeman.
But the Wildcats will keep the services of the duo for the rest of the season, even if they’re the main target on any opponent’s scouting report.
“Those guys can make plays all over the field, and they’re obviously not a secret,” Schlosser said.
Franklin-Simpson travel to Caldwell County on Friday.