Dean Martin’s classic 1950s hit “That’s Amore” was played a few times over the public address system during Washington’s 40-6 win over visiting Berkeley Springs on Friday.
And with good reason.
Patriots’ senior quarterback Frankie Amore was having quite a night against the Indians.
He scored all six Patriots’ touchdowns, three in the third quarter, to lead Washington (1-1) to its first win of the season.
After a tough, 55-42, loss to Spring Mills in the Sept. 4 season-opener, Amore and his teammates wanted to prove the Patriots were better than what they showed the previous week.
“We were relieved to finally get that first win,” Amore said. He admitted Washington did not play all that well against Spring Mills, so Friday’s game has put the Patriots back on solid ground.
Amore put the Patriots on the scoreboard with 1 minute, 16 seconds to go in the first half. On a sweep around the left side, aided by some key blocks up front, Amore turned on the speed, going 53 yards for the score.
Less than a minute later, he was on his way again, this time, racing 75 yards down the sideline for a touchdown.
Amore’s second TD gave Washington a 13-6 lead at halftime. More importantly, it gave the Patriots much-needed momentum heading into the second half.
The third quarter is where Amore showed just how well he follows his blockers.
The first three times Amore carried the ball in the third quarter, he took it all the way for touchdowns. His TD runs were good for 36, 27 and 17 yards, respectively.
He saw limited action in the fourth quarter, but tacked on a sixth touchdown in the final period. Over a stretch of five straight carries, Amore scored five touchdowns.
Tack on his three touchdowns against Spring Mills last week, Amore has scored nine touchdowns so far this season.
“Frankie is such an explosive runner,” Washington coach Glen Simpson said. “He’s a great all-around athlete.”
Outside runs proved to be the difference against Berkeley Springs. The Indians’ defense contained Washington on most inside runs.
“They were stacking it up inside the box,” Amore said. “So our best plan was to go outside against them. Our blockers did a great job on those runs.”
Amore’s string of five straight touchdowns accounted for 208 of Washington’s 340 rushing yards.
But football is not Amore’s main sport.
His main sport is track and field, where he is pole vaulter. His size (5-foot-10, 155 pounds) doesn’t necessarily lend itself to a football career beyond high school, other than perhaps a small receiver’s position.
As a result, Amore is setting his sights on track and field in college. In any case, Amore enjoys being a part of this Washington football team.
While the Patriots ended up running away with Friday’s game, their start was a bit slow.
A string of mental mistakes, including a pair of fumbles, kept Washington out of good field position for much of the first quarter and into part of the second quarter. The Indians exploited the Patriots’ early-game misfortunes and took a 6-0 lead when quarterback Gavin Barkley threw a 21-yard touchdown pass to Evan Thompson with 7:41 to go in the first quarter.
“We did not come out of the gate like we should have,” Simpson said. “Berkeley Springs did a good job of taking advantage of our mistakes early in the game.”
Simpson pointed out that the Patriots did a good job of making the needed corrections moving forward for the rest of the game.
Griffin Price kicked four extra points for Washington. On defense, the Patriots held the Indians to 48 rushing yards and 131 passing yards.
Amore also denied Berkeley Springs a touchdown with an interception in the back of the end zone.
Washington goes on the road this Friday for a game with Keyser at 7 p.m.
Simpson said the Patriots can ill-afford to have any miscues against the Golden Tornado (1-1), which lost at Oak Glen on Friday, 35-12.
“Keyser is a good team, well coached,” Simpson said. “They do a lot of things well.”