Battle of Big Cats
They have met before on the field and each time the game has been a barn burner. The Leopards are a former playoff team with plenty of aspirations for the upcoming season. Franklin after a 1-1 start to the season the Lions will look continue that trend as they prepare for a rough district schedule that lies ahead. They defeated the Leopards last year in Lorena and will look to accomplish the same feat again this season. The Leopards have a solid corp returning to the backfield in Thor Hoffmann and Ben Johnston. They should put up some nice numbers for the Leopard offense that has shown improvement over last season’s group. They will look to find a balance on the offensive side enough that it will allow their defense to not spend as much time on the field. The best way to control the clock and limit the Lions offense is to keep possession of the ball.
The Lions will counter with the areas most prolific ground attack. Behind the leadership quarterback Colton Ortner the Franklin offense has put up some impressive numbers to start the season against some top caliber competition. With victories over one 4A school in Navasota and a tough close game with 4A Caldwell, the Lions are proving that this is not a rebuild year for them. Behind a strong, veteran offensive line and a bevy of running backs, Franklin’s ground and pound attack leads the area in rushing yards per game. The Leopards will need to be at their best on defense if they hope to slow the Lions running game down.
A week after facing off against Class 4A Navasota, the Franklin Lions clashed with another top ranked 4A team in the Caldwell Hornets. The Hornets presented the Lions with some of the same problems that they had when they faced Navasota, speed and pass defense. Both were areas of concern for Coach Hedrick and they both came into play in the game against the Hornets. The Lions pride themselves on their keep away offense which eats up time and scores points. They scored points Friday, 42 to be exact, but they had to many quick strike plays which allowed the Hornets more possessions and kept the Lions defense on the field for to long. The result was a 57-42 loss for Franklin. The Lions Clayton Rosprim ran for 140 yards and a score, while quarterback Colton Ortner completed 5 of 10 passes for 144 yards and 2 touchdowns. However, the Lions had 4 one play scores, which though good, did not allow them to work the clock. In the end Dominic Chambers made the Lions pay for that mistake with four touchdowns rushing and receiving. For Franklin Datron Dixon scored on an 80 yard run, RaShawn Green ran 58 yards for another score, Ortner hit Jared Pedraza with a 58 yard touchdown pass and C. J. Smith had a run for another touchdown. Although the scores were appreciated, it put a damper on the Lions offensive strategy for the night. It left them behind the clock in time management and for the Franklin offense that’s a problem. That should not take away from how well the Lions played despite those lapses in the 2nd and 3rd quarters of the game. I know one thing it will be an angry bunch of Lions that hit the field this Friday against Lorena. The team feels it has something to prove.
Good luck Lions this week against the Leopards show who’s the biggest and baddest Cats.