The host Falcons jumped out to a 21-0 first quarter lead but were unable to keep the Wildcats at bay as the visitors scored 31 unanswered points to secure a nonleague victory.
Freedom (1-2) gained the early advantage thanks to three big plays: a 65-yard first play from scrimmage touchdown run by running back Joe Mixon, a 37-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Dante Mayes to wide receiver Darrell Daniels, and a 27-yard interception return by Daniels.
Despite forcing five Franklin-Elk Grove turnovers, which included three fumble recoveries inside the opposition's red zone, the interception return by Daniels would be the last time that the Falcons found the end zone.
The Wildcats (3-0) clawed their way back into the game and the win column with some highlight-worthy plays of their own: a 94-yard kickoff return touchdown by Christian Fonbuena, two successful onside kicks which led to scores, a 56-yard touchdown run by running back Steven Rogers, and a defensive touchdown of their own when defensive back Robert Sanders fell on a Freedom fumble in the end zone to tie the score.
Mixon led the Falcons offense as he carried the ball 17 times for 113 yards and a score. Mayes, who averaged 226 yards passing through his team's first two games, was limited to 103 yards through the air.
The Wildcats were led by the rushing tandem of Rogers and Fonbuena, who rushed for 109 and 85 yards respectively. The teams combined to commit eight
Franklin-Elk Grove 31, Freedom 21
Franklin 14 7 7 3-- 31
Freedom 21 0 0 0-- 21
Free -- Mixon 65 run (Cantabrana kick)
Free -- Daniels 37 pass from Mayes (Cantabrana kick)
Free -- Daniels 27 interception return (Cantabrana kick)
Fran -- Fonbuena 94 kickoff return (Ramel kick)
Fran -- Rogers 1 run (Ramel kick)
Fran -- R. Sanders fumble recovery in endzone (Ramel kick)
Fran -- Rogers 56 run (Ramel kick)
Fran -- Ramel 30 FG
Rushing: Fran -- Rogers 20-109, D. Sanders 18-85, Banks 5-32, Spallas 5-6, Lampley 2-3. Totals: 50-235. Free -- Mixon 17-113, Daniels 4-14, Zanders 1-7, Mayes 8-0, Mallett 1-(-4). Totals 31-130. Passing: Fran -- Spallas 3-8-1 16. Free -- Mayes 8-26-1 103, Mixon 1-1-0 23, Daniels 1-1-0 3. Totals: 10-28-1 129. Receiving: Fran -- Lampley 3-16. Free -- Daniels 4-66, Mallett 3-23, Mayes 1-23, Gbilia 1-14, Mixon 1-3. Fumbles/lost: Fran -- 4/4. Free -- 2/2. Records: Franklin-Elk Grove 3-0, Freedom 1-2.