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Thu
31
Oct
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DISTRICT CHAMPIONS - Volleyballs Sole Survivor

We have come to the end of the 2013 volleyball season for all but two teams in Robertson County. The Franklin Lady Lions are District Champion after a 3-1 match win on the road at Anderson-Shiro. Franklin began slowly in the match losing game 1, and struggling to win 26-24 in game 2.  

They regrouped to win game 3 easily and fought off a determined effort by the young ladies from Anderson-Shiro to win by two 26-24.  

Kadie McCullough, fresh from being Homecoming Queen, along with Carrie Casey and Regan Blajeski got down and dirty, having 67 digs between them. McCullough, showed she was more than just a pretty face with 32 of those digs.

Krista Stickney (10), Ambrey Deleon (6), and Carrie Casey (12) led the Lady Lions in kills.  Maddie Nelson and Krista Mitchell had 16 assists each for the Lady Lions.  It was a total team effort by Franklin.  

Thu
24
Oct
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Tigers pounce at start of district play

The Bremond Tigers enjoyed their one-week rest and now it’s back to the business at hand. The Tigers kick off District play against the Lovelady Lions. The Lions are 3-3 after beating Hull-Daisetta last Friday.  

They do have one common opponent with Bremond and that was Leon.  The Lions lost 14-6 to Leon while the Tigers humbled Leon 35-14.  It’s the first of three district games for Bremond and the Tigers look to continue their hot start.
A continuation of the Cade Grych that has emerged in recent weeks, will definitely give the Tigers an advantage.  

Grych has totaled nearly 600 yards passing in the last two games and thrown 5 touchdowns and run for 2 more. You can see his confidence growing and his receivers Evan Sargent, Harrison Hull and RayAndre Browning have proven solid. Grych’s play has led Bremond to its impressive 6-0 start and an average of 41 points per game.

Thu
24
Oct
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Lions on the prowl for the Division I title

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.  

Wed
16
Oct
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It’s show time

Alumni, faithful followers, and just plain football fans will gather in Franklin on Friday. It will be a showdown of the top 2 teams in District 11-2A Division I, Franklin at (6-0) and the Elkhart Elks (5-1). Even better it’s the Lions Homecoming and everyone looks forward to homecoming.
So, strike up the band, decorate the floats and cars, and dress up the King and Queen, it’s Homecoming Week at Franklin High this week.
The entire town will be in a party mood and the Lion football team will look to move to 7-0 on the season.  Elkhart comes in on a high, after a big 35-14 win over Crockett.  The Elks have put up some impressive numbers scoring behind the running of Jeffrey Wilson. Wilson has gained 1381 yards on 158 carries and scored 18 touchdowns, thus far in 2013.  Elkhart comes in averaging 32.2 points per game, but is allowing 25.4.  

Thu
10
Oct
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Big red on the rise

The Bremond Tigers ran over the Iola Bulldogs last season and look to do so again. The 34-6 final score doesn’t truly tell the entire story.  Bremond dominated from start to finish and the “Big Red” is even better this time around.  Meanwhile, Iola has been better than expected, early on in 2013.  They stand 4-1 overall, with only a loss to Milano on their resume. The Bulldogs have showed an ability to move the football this season averaging over 300 yards and 28 points a game.  That will definitely help their cause, as they try to upset the 5th ranked Tigers from Bremond.

Thu
10
Oct
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Ranked and roaring

The Franklin Lady Lions took control of District play this week as they moved to 4-0.     Wins over Anderson-Shiro and Hempstead began their ascent to the top spot.  
They backed those two wins up with victories over Centerville and Hempstead.  The Lady Lions come in as the county’s only ranked team in class 2A.  Led by seniors Ambrey Deleon, Krista Stickney, Maddie Nelson, Kadie McCllough, and Carrie Casey Franklin stands at 20-5 on the season. Coach Jessica Turner’s squad has responded as she expected they would once District play rolled around.
They swept Centerville on Tuesday, winning all 3 games handily.  Nelson and Stickney continued to make great sets for assists while Deleon and Casey looked to kill every shot in sight.  Their continued improvement is one of Coach Turner’s goals because she’d like to go further than just being District Champions.  

Thu
03
Oct
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Mumford Lady Mustangs Maintaining their position

With a solid hold on 3rd place in District play, the Mumford Lady Mustangs (4-2) are hoping to not only hold onto their playoff spot but to improve their overall position in the race.
They trail 2nd place Normangee (5-1) by only a game and lead 4th place Richards (3-3) by one game and 5th place Calvert (2-4) by two games. Strong play by Abby Eckenrode, Hanna McCarver and Brianna Jutson have led the way for the Lady Mustangs.
Wins at Calvert and Bremond helped secure their spot in the 1st half of district.  Now as the 2nd round begins, they are out to prove it was no fluke and they earned the spot.
They will have the advantage of playing most of their contenders at home in the 2nd half of play. Coach Mannes’ team has proven they are capable of winning on the road and have been up to the challenge thus far in District.  

Thu
03
Oct
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Homecoming for the Hearne Eagles

The Eagles are looking to spread their wings this weekend for homecoming as they host the Rosebud-Lott Cougars.  
The Eagles lost a heartbreaker last year to the Cougars 37-34 in Rosebud. A little revenge would sure be good things for the Eagles who need a district win to avoid falling to 0-2 in District play. It would be a tough hole to try and climb out of considering their remaining schedule. Having already lost to district favorite Centerville 37-15, the Eagles need this win to keep pace with the other teams fighting for a playoff spot. 
The fight is on between the Eagles, Moody, Reisel, Bosqueville, and Rosebud-Lott for the 3rd spot behind Centerville and Crawford.   
The Eagles need to win at home to have any chance and that all starts with Homecoming.  Maybe NFL Hall of Famer John Randle or former UH great Patrick Edwards will drop by and offer their words of inspiration.  It’s a big week for the Eagle faithful and they realize what is on the line.  

Thu
26
Sep
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Another one bites the dust

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.

Thu
26
Sep
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Centerville next on Hearne’s List

The Eagles hope the week they spent resting, retooling and refocusing will pay off this week against he Centerville Tigers.  The Tigers are ranked again this season and are off to a 4-0 start. Centerville went undefeated in regular season in 2012 and many think the Tigers will repeat that effort.  Along with Crawford, they are again the favorites to win 11-2A.

For Hearne, the task will be to hang on to the ball and score points when they do. McGrew, Castilleja, Satchell, Workman, and company will have their hands full moving the ball against a Centerville defense, anchored by All-District Nose Guard Kevin Gonzalez, that has been very stingy in their games this season. In addition the Eagle defense will be tested like it was against Franklin in the opener. Running Backs Tully Pickens and Blake Payne are very explosive and benefit from a veteran offensive line led All-State prospect Kurtis Parker.

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