2011-10-13 / Sports

Eagles Travel to Franklin

by Mike Organ

Lexington comes back from its bye week with a full team. All the little nicks and bruises had two weeks to heal and the Eagles psych has had time to heal from the Rosebud-Lott loss.

Lexington will be facing a Franklin team that was a preseason favorite to make the playoffs. The Lions are 6-1 for the season. Franklin defeated Hearne 34-0, Tomball Memorial 82-0, Whitney 70-27, New Waverly 28-6, Jarrell 69-14, and Rosebud-Lott 54-12. The Lions’ loss came at the hands of district rival, Rogers 46-42. Rogers had to make a huge late game comeback to win the game. The Lions are averaging over 54 points per game on offense. Defensively they have given up an average of 15 yards per game.

The Lions are coached by Mike Hedrick, the son of the Lions’ legendary coach and superintendent, Joe Hedrick. The Lions run the same offense that Hedrick senior installed at Franklin in the late 40’s. The straight-T, winged-T, and slot-T alignments are all quick attack, running, offensive formations. The pass is used as a surprise attack instrument and very effectively by the Lions.

The Lions return eight offensive starters. Fullback Luke Lowery is the first back to pass over the football. He most likely will be a fake so he can block for Darius Floyd. Floyd rushed for 1,523 yards and 22 touchdowns last year.

Franklin’s six returning defensive starters have been a little inconsistent this year. They could not stop Rogers late in the game when needed. Linebacker Austin Dees and defensive back Derek Schultz lead the unit.

Look for a high scoring game between Lexington and Franklin. The Lions pass defense is suspect and the Eagles have one of the best pass offenses in Class 2A. The Eagles should take this one 47-45.

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