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2013-09-19 / Sports

Franklin 68, Lexington 21

by Mike Organ


Noble Little (#2), Kevin Letbetter (#3), Kevin Page (#55), Colt Sunvison (#45) and Gabriel McMahon (#51) work in unison to stop the ballcarrier. 
PHOTO BY MARK STRAIN. Noble Little (#2), Kevin Letbetter (#3), Kevin Page (#55), Colt Sunvison (#45) and Gabriel McMahon (#51) work in unison to stop the ballcarrier. PHOTO BY MARK STRAIN. Franklin struck early and often as they beat the Lexington Eagles Friday night in the third game of the pre-season. Franklin is now 3- 0 and Lexington 0-3, with Navasota next on the docket.

After taking the opening kick off, Franklin used eight plays to score. The scoring play was a 34- yard run by Michael Brewer, the first of Brewer’s 343 yards on the night. The PAT kick was good.

The ensuing kickoff was fielded by Corey Strain at the 12 yard line. Strain took off through a crease in the Franklin coverage almost straight ahead. Once he broke through the coverage, no one on the field was catching Strain. 88 yards later Strain was handing the football to the official in the end zone making the score 7-6 in Franklin’s favor.

The rest of the first half belonged to Franklin. The Lions scored two more times before Nic Dillon scored on a one-yard push into the end zone late in the second quarter. Dillon then threw a fade pass to Jamyon Scott for the two extra points, closing the score to 28-14.


Corey Strain fields the kickoff and runs 88 yards behind Noble Little, and Alberto Lara for Lexington’s first touchdown of the game, the Eagles’ answer to Franklin’s first score Friday night. 
PHOTO BY MARK STRAIN. Corey Strain fields the kickoff and runs 88 yards behind Noble Little, and Alberto Lara for Lexington’s first touchdown of the game, the Eagles’ answer to Franklin’s first score Friday night. PHOTO BY MARK STRAIN. Franklin was able to score twice more before halftime, taking a 42- 14 lead into the locker room.

After halftime, Franklin kept up the onslaught. A 47-yard TD run was the first score, following an interception of an Eagle aerial.

Nic Dillon hit Strain with a pass just as he broke open for a 32-yard TD. Noble Little’s PAT kick was good to bring the score to 48-21. Almost immediately after the score, Brewer went on a 65-yard scoring jaunt. Lexington kept trying all night long, amassing 21 first downs by working the ball up the field in small increments. The Eagles rushed for 199 yards on 45 running plays. Lexington’s time of possession was 26:42 compared to Franklin’s 21:18.

Nic Dillon was the Eagles’ leading rusher with 24 totes for 76 net yards. Berto Lara was next with nine carries for 60 yards. Corey Strain was third with 42 yards from scrimmage on seven carries. Dillon completed 11 of 23 passes for 125 yards. Strain caught five of the passes for 46 yards net and a touchdown. Kevin Letbetter caught two for 32 yards. Jamyon Scott, Andrew Lane, and Jacob Muhl also caught passes.

Defensively, Strain was the leading tackler, participating in 13 take downs. Lara had 8 tackles and a fumble recovery. Kevin Page had six tackles in the game. Letbetter had five tackles, and Jamyon Scott had five tackles and a pass break up.

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