Lions on the prowl for the Division I title

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The Lions will look to move a step closer to winning the District 11-2A Division I title.  After knocking off Elkhart last weekend, the Lions look to improve to a 2-0 record in district play. Next up on the menu are the Crockett Bulldogs.  The Bulldogs were expected to compete for playoff honors, but have fallen on some hard times this season.

After losing badly in their district opener against Elkhart, they would drop another close game to the Trinity Tigers to fall to 0-2 in District. Crockett has the potential to be explosive on offense but have been inconsistent all season.  They scored early and easily in their early wins against Lexington and Rusk but have struggled mightily since, scoring 17 points only once.  

Meanwhile they have lost all 4 games as a result.  Quarterback play has been part of the problem, for even though they returned top running back Alphonse Phillips and receivers Carlton Shirley and Darius Barber, they have not moved the ball with any regularity all year.
The Lions will show no mercy, they have a goal of their own, and Crockett’s Bulldogs are in their way.

The Lions found Elk meat to be a little tough the first half as running back Jeffrey Wilson and quarterback Jordan Ives made it a game.  Franklin’s offense was plagued by penalties and an attacking Elk defense, which kept them off balance and bottled up much of the first half.  Morgan Brewer got the Lions on the board early scoring from 5 yards out, but a Jordan Ives pass to Zach Gray tied it at 7 in the second quarter.

The rest of the half saw both defenses deny the offenses opportunities.  A holding penalty called back a 57-yard scamper by Brewer, which would have put the Lions in the red zone and a missed Jacob Dorsett field goal also cost the Lions a scoring opportunity. As a result, it would be tied 7-7 at the half.

After halftime the Lions awoke and Coach Hedrick brought in the tenderizer on the Elks, Adam Lopez.  He combined with Brewer to give the Lions a great 1-2 punch.

Lopez gained 89 yards and scored from 31 yards and Stephen Commander and Brewer would score, and Franklin was off and running scoring 21 points in the 3rd quarter to go up 28-7.  Lopez and Todd Johnson would add 4th quarter scores on offense and Will Phillips would return a pass interception for a score. Wilson would score twice and gain 188 yards but it would not be enough, as the Lions roared again, 49-21.  Franklin is tied at the top of district with Teague at 2-0. Now it’s a road trip to Crockett for a taste of Bulldog meat.

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