Showdown after sunset
You asked for it and now you’ve got it. Which pride of Lions will have the best bite? After 4 district games, nothing has been settled in District 11-2A Division I. Franklin comes in at 9-0, unbeaten and only occasionally challenged. Teague is 7-2, with early losses to Mart and Marlin, but since the loss to Marlin, they have reeled off 6 consecutive wins and have scored no less than 41 points in any of them.
The Franklin Lions have roared all year long, devouring each opponent and leaving only scraps in their wake. Both teams rolled district foes this past weekend leading up to the showdown. Franklin mauled Trinity 43-14 and Teague trampled Crockett 41-20. This time, this game, is what each team has played for all year, a chance to be the District Champion. Teague’s offense has become more polished as the year has gone along.
Quarterback Austin Skinner has completed 147-236 passes for 2182 yards and 24 touchdowns. His favorite target has been Aaron Mitchell who has over 40 catches for 1060 yards and 14 touchdowns. If that was all there was to the Teague Lions attack, they might be easy for you to prepare to defend, but these Lions can also run the ball well. With junior tailback John Love, 196 carries 2000 yards rushing and 24 touchdowns, these Lions are versatile.
Love has accounted for over 2200 all-purpose yards this season and caught 3 touchdown passes. It will boil down to can Teague’s balanced attack be enough to outscore Franklin’s potent ground assault. Last year they could not in a 64-50 road win for Franklin. The Franklin Lions are averaging over 400 yards per game rushing the ball. Led by Morgan Brewer’s 1600 yards and 19 touchdowns and Adam Lopez and Stephen Commander’s inside running, Franklin has been virtually unstoppable all season.
With time moved back it will be quite fitting that this battle of Lions occurs under the cover of darkness. If there’s anything about Lions, they are ferocious hunters at night. So be there and witness, the “Showdown after Sunset”, at Hedrick Field in Franklin.
Michael Cotton | Robertson County News