FRANKLIN — Despite having already clinched a berth in the Division 1A Super Bowl Dec. 3, King Philip coach Brian Lee opted to play his starters in the first half. The result was the Warriors’ offense exploded for four first-half touchdowns in a 43-7 rout of Franklin Thursday.
“Three weeks is just too long to go without playing,” Lee said. “You have a tougher decision if we have the extra game this year.”
King Philip (11-0) defeated Franklin (2-9) twice this season, and 11 straight overall.
“I was on the other side those first few years,” Lee said. “I thought both times we played this year they came with an expectation of making plays [and] to play hard.”
The first quarter ended 7-0 thanks to a 51-yard rush from King Philip’s Shane Frommer.
The second quarter was a much different story. Frommer made an over-the-shoulder grab on a pass from Brendan Lydon on the first play. The Warriors scored twice as Alex Olsen caught and rushed for a pair of touchdowns.
Frommer rushed for 115 yards on eight carries and had 34 yards on two receptions in the first half. The junior running back accounted for more than half of the King Philip’s 260 total yards on offense.
Lydon finished 6-of-9 passing for 72 yards and two touchdowns.
Franklin only had 12 yards through much of the first half, all on the ground. On the final drive, Franklin gained 64 yards, all through the air, as Jake Noviello connected with Connor Peterson for a 12-yard gain. Eddie Scannapieco kept the drive alive a play earlier with a diving, 30-yard reception to get Franklin in the red zone.
In the second half, King Philip filtered out its starters and scored twice in each quarter.
King Philip’s next game is its first appearance in the Super Bowl, a matchup against Reading at Gillette Stadium.
“Besides the venue, it’s just another game against a big opponent,” Lee said.