2011-11-24 / Sports

Lexington to Play Franklin….Again

by Mike Organ

Lexington and Franklin will square off again, this time at A&M Consolidated High School field at 7:30 Friday night for the right to advance in the state football playoffs. The teams met earlier this season at Franklin with Lexington prevailing 28-19.

Game one was a tightly fought battle from the beginning. Franklin moved the ball on Lexington early, but as adjustments were made, the Eagles tightened up their defense. Late in the game, Franklin opened up their offense a little and closed to 21-19 with a little over eight minutes to go in the game and going for two. The run failed giving Lexington a little breath.

The Eagles drove the field, taking time off the clock, finishing off with a Kogan Garrett to Josh Murray TD pass that put the game at 27-19. Josh Lay’s PAT kick secured the win for Lexington with only 3:13 left in the game.

Franklin played that game without starting fullback Luke Lowery and linebacker Austin Dees. Both are reported to be ready for the rematch.

Franklin just almost refuses to pass the football as they run the ball 95% of the time. In game one, they passed just four times, completing one for 40 yards and another was intercepted.

Franklin is a throw–back football team as they run the straight-T and winged-T offense. Franklin has basically run this offense since the 1940’s when current head coach Mike Hedrick’s father, the legendary Joe Hedrick, took over as Lions coach.

Franklin employs a modernized odd- man front defense. The inside three down still slant or pinch depending on the defensive call for that play.

This type of philosophy has been good for Franklin for the last 60+years. They tried a different approach for a few years with little success, so they returned to a proven method when they hired Mike Hedrick.

This will be an epic battle with Lexington prevailing 28-27.

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