Another one bites the dust

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This should be about revenge for the Lions just like last week was against Lexington. St. Michaels handed the Lions their only other regular season defeat in 2012, a 41-34 win in Austin.  St. Michaels enters the game at 2-1 while the 8th ranked and undefeated Lions are 4-0.  Franklin mauled Lexington in their rematch 68-21 and then crushed Caldwell, 49-14.  St. Michaels had its game cancelled against College Station due to inclement weather and heavy rains.

At home the Lions should roar.

As the new linebacker crew gets acclimated to the speed of the Varsity game, Franklin could really be tough on defense with Zack Short and Wyatt Linson up front.  Getting Morgan Brewer back gives the offense that home run threat they seemed to be missing earlier. He averaged almost 23 yards a carry in his comeback against Lexington and scored 5 touchdowns. Now Coach Mike Hedrick’s play action is even more effective as Dylan Smitherman has shown he is an efficient though not frequent passer and Cody Ross and Will Phillips are capable receivers.

Franklin had little mercy on the Caldwell Hornets as they repeated the pounding they gave them in 2012. Last year it was 80-34. With Franklin’s defense improved and the Hornets penchant for errors this was a disaster waiting to happen.  Even the fact that it rained all day or that it was the Hornets homecoming didn’t seem to matter to the Lions as they rolled, 49-14.  Franklin scored 14 points in each of the first 3 quarters. The Lions had three rushers who gained more than 100 yards in the game.  

Junior Adam Lopez gained 110 yards. Morgan Brewer followed his 343 yards, 5 touchdowns with 143 and 3 touchdowns. Stephen Commander led the Lions in rushing gaining 170 yards on 20 carries and scored twice. Franklin led 28-0 by the half and 42-7 after the 3rd quarter. The Hornets managed less than 1.5 yards per rush but did manage to pass for 158 yards and score two 2nd half touchdowns. Now its time to extract a little more revenge from 2012 and defend their home turf, Hedrick Field.

Michael Cotton | Robertson County News

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