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QB Franskousky leads Springdale past Leechburg

| Friday, Sept. 27, 2013, 11:24 p.m.

Two rivals looking for a much-needed win can lead to an entertaining football game.

Springdale and Leechburg didn't disappoint in a 26-13 Dynamo win in Eastern Conference action at Veterans Memorial Field.

“We're still trying to find out who we can be offensively,” Springdale coach Dave Leasure said. “I think we took a step forward.”

Aiding in Springdale's step was the implementation of a new offensive wrinkle.

Junior quarterback Daniel Franskousky, who has been pulling double duty as a passer as well as a running back, was joined in the backfield by junior Michael Banachoski.

“That's brand new,” Leasure said. “Mike's a bigger kid than some of the other kids we've had in there. He's fast, he's strong and he's an athlete. It gives Daniel a little break, and it really helps us to continue what we're doing throughout the game without putting Daniel at risk.”

Banachoski, who started the season as a 6-foot, 180-pound receiver, picked up 43 tough yards on nine carries. Franskousky carried 24 times for 155 yards, and also went 7-of-10 passing for 119 yards.

“Leechburg plays really well against the run,” Leasure said. “We knew we had to take some chances or play close to the vest and maybe lose one we should get.”

Springdale (2-3, 2-2) got on the board first.

Fittingly, it came from Franskousky on a 3-yard run. In the first half, he rushed 12 times for 87 yards and two scores. He completed 5 of 6 pass attempts for 84 yards and a score to junior tight end Adam Lock. Franskousky's second score opened up a 20-0 lead for the Dynamos.

Lock caught three passes for 56 yards in the half.

Leechburg (0-5, 0-4) didn't go away quietly. On their final two possessions of the half, the Blue Devils made it a game.

“They wanted to win and they competed a lot for it,” Leechburg coach Mark George said. “I'm proud of them for that, very proud.”

Junior running back Luke Camp punched the ball in from 2 yards, closing the deficit to 20-7.

The Leechburg defense forced a fumble, which it recovered at the Springdale 37.

Nine plays later, senior quarterback Alex Sipolino hit senior receiver Taylor Oberdorf for a 14-yard strike, pulling the Blue Devils to within 20-13.

“(Oberdorf) has been hurt for three straight years,” George said. “The last two years we couldn't even get him on the field because he got hurt before we got started. We know he's an athlete, we know he's a good kid.”

He caught five passes for 101 yards.

Sipolino completed six of 20 throws for 111 yards.

Springdale was the only team to score in the second half, as Franskousky added a 5-yard touchdown run.

“He gives us an element in the running game that we haven't had,” Leasure said. “He can make guys miss. He can break tackles. His ability to throw the ball really puts the defense in a situation.”

Dave Yohe is a freelancer writer.

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