From left: Franklin’s Alex Gaca, Madison Smith, Peyton DePriest, Caden Williams, Barrett Brown, J.P. Batarseh and Lofton Cotton signed national letters of intent Wednesday. By CHIP CIRILLO Franklin offensive tackle Caden Williams, a three-year starter, signed with Army in football on Wednesday. Seven Rebels signed letters of intent of intent in thee sports on National Signing …
Wow, What a season! Thanks to the team and the coaches for a season to remember. You truly lived up to the motto…..ALL IN!
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The Rebellion Showed Up Strong AGAIN!!
We’re ALL IN!
This is OUR YEAR!
The Rebellion Boosted the Rebels up and over White Station to Clinch Round II of the TSSAA Football Playoffs! Next Week We ALL take a road trip to Whitehaven, to win the quarterfinals on our way to the S T A T E Championship!!!
Today’s Spotlight is on Defensive Lineman, Barrett Brown. Barrett started playing football for the Grassland Eagles as a Defensive Tackle and Center, and now wears Number 72 for the Rebels. His favorite player is Derrick Henry. He says that his favorite FHS Football memory was the win over Independence, sophomore year. “The student section rushing the field was incredible.” When asked what his favorite motivational saying is he said, “A winner never quits and a quitter never wins.” After graduating next spring, Barrett’s plans are to go on to college.
Here is what his parents, Caroline and Raiford, want him to know: We are so proud of the young man you are. Having you as a son has been the greatest gift. You have many great qualities, Barrett, but watching you work hard to achieve your goals has been inspiring. Go out into the world knowing that you can accomplish anything and don’t be afraid to dream big. We love you.
We have loved watching #72 on the field this year and look forward to seeing him achieve great things.
TSSAA Playoffs Round 1
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Today’s Spotlight is on Senior, Caden Williams. Caden plays Offensive Tackle and wears #50 for the Rebels. He is the son of Chris and Emily Williams and the only boy in his family, with four sisters. He started playing football in the 9th grade at FHS as a Left Tackle on the O-Line and his favorite football player is Michael Oher. Caden’s favorite FHS football memory is when we beat Centennial AT Centennial during sophomore year. When asked what his favorite motivational saying is, Caden said “To be a better football player than you’ve ever been, you have to do something you’ve never done.” Felicity Luckey. Following graduation, Caden plans are to play college football and study Pre-Med.
Here is what his parents want him to know: “Caden, we are so proud of your accomplishments on and off the field. You are a great leader to all those around you. We admire the respect you have for your teammates and coaches. We are so thankful for the example you are to your four sisters. We are so proud of you and can’t wait to watch you play on Saturdays.”
We are also proud to have Caden playing for the Rebels, and look forward to watching him finish this season and continue to play on Saturdays.
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Today’s Senior Spotlight is on Senior Linebacker, Jameson Reagan. Jameson wears #44 for the Rebels and is the son of Scott and Jama Reagan and brother to former FHS Rebel, Shannah. He is also on the FHS Rugby team which has won 2 Division III State Championships. He is also a member of the FHS wrestling team. After graduation, Jameson hopes to attend a university located in the Northeast with both a strong academic ad rugby presence, such as American University or Penn State. His favorite FHS Football memory happened recently when the team ended a week of Homecoming celebrations with a huge victory over Antioch. The Senior Class also won the float competition one last time. When asked what his favorite motivational quote is he said this “Start by doing what is necessary. Then do what is possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible!”
Here is what his parents, Scott and Jama want him to know: We are proud of the man you are becoming. We have always respected the fact that you are your own person, who does not look outside of yourself for approval or for cues as to what you should be doing. We hope that you learn to use the stubbornness, which keeps you on the mat during a tough wrestling match, which fuels your desire to overthrow the “BeastBirds” (Ravenwood) on the rugby pitch before you graduate, and which keeps you from doing homework at times, for all things that you truly aspire to in this life. We are blessed in our home to have such a kind and generous spirit among us; one that reminds all of us to walk with our heads raised and our hearts open, even in the face of adversity.”
We are looking forward to watching Jameson wrestle this winter and can’t wait to see what he, along with our Rugby team, accomplish next spring.
Today’s Spotlight is on Senior Defensive Back, Carter Bowman. Carter, who wears Number 7 for the Rebels, started playing football his Sophomore year at FHS as a safety. He also plays basketball for the Rebels. His favorite football memory is “the first home victory of my Junior year when we beat Riverdale.” Carter plans on attending the University of Tennessee when he graduates and says that Eric Berry is his favorite player. His favorite motivational saying is “They don’t think it be like it is, but it do.” Oscar Gamble – and his favorite scripture is Psalm 3:6 – “I will not be afraid of many thousands of people, that have set themselves against me all around.”
Here are what his parents, Greg and Kathy want Carter to know: Wow – Carter, we blinked our eyes and now you are a Senior. We remember the day of your Freshman year when you came home and told us that you attended the football meeting. We were shocked! Seeing how happy you are on that field, we know you made a great decision. Whatever God puts in your heart, go with it. We are so proud of the strong and dedicated young man you have become. Stay positive, confident, and focused. We are looking forward to cheering you on during our final year of football and basketball. We love you!
Today’s Senior Spotlight is on Senior Trainer, Victoria Graffam. Victoria has been a trainer for our team for one year. She decided to become a trainer because, in addition to helping with the team, she also wanted to get a closer look into concussions. After graduation she plans on attending the University of Kentucky to study Neuroscience. In her “off time” Victoria enjoys going to the gym. When asked what her favorite FHS football memory is she says that it has to the the “Lightening Delay” at this year’s Riverdale game. “During the storm all of the players were in the gym and we had run out of water. Laney and I couldn’t find a hose so I ended up holding the 7 gallon jug under a locker room shower head to fill it up. Needless to say, I was soaked for the rest of the game.” Her favorite scripture is 1 Corinthians 16:13 which says, “Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.”
We appreciate the dedication that Victoria has given to our team this year and we wish her the best of luck as she goes on to do great things.
By Maurice Patton
As a longtime Chicago Cubs fan, Donnie Webb can afford to look at things a bit more from a ‘glass-half-full’ perspective these days…So the veteran Franklin coach was disappointed, but not despondent, over his team’s 42-35 overtime loss Friday at Mt. Juliet in the de facto Region 3-6A championship game.
Barring a Golden Bear loss in their regular-season finale Thursday at McGavock, Mt. Juliet (7-2, 5-1) will be the No. 1 seed heading into the Class 6A playoffs. Franklin (7-2, 5-1) will wrap up the No. 2 seed with a victory Friday over visiting Lebanon. “Trying to look at it in a positive way … we lost a ballgame and then ran off seven straight,” Webb said, referring to the season-opening 28-24 loss to Centennial. “If we can learn from this one and stay the course and get tougher from it, (six) more straight would have us in Cookeville.
“I still think we are what we are, we’re still a good football team. Our goal is to finish up the season on a positive note. We’re still going to make the playoffs, still going to have a good seed. We want to make the best of it and see what we can do.” That said, the Rebels may have let one get away Friday after rallying from an early 10-7 deficit. Franklin put together a productive offensive performance despite getting just 88 rushing yards from Mitch Rossi, as quarterback Carter Hendry ran and threw for a combined 265 yards with four touchdowns, and Wes Patterson connected with J.P. Batarseh for a 28-yard fourth-quarter TD that put the visitors up 35-27 with 2:47 remaining in regulation.
From there, Mt. Juliet was able to score on a 14-yard run by quarterback Mason Earls – his second TD of the night – add the tying two-point conversion, then get another Earls TD from seven yards out for the gamewinner. The loss came in spite of Franklin outgaining the Golden Bears by 159 offensive yards.
“The biggest difference in the game was field position, and their kicking game was the difference in making that field position possible,” Webb said. “We started every kickoff on the 20-yard line, they were averaging close to the 30. We shanked a punt, and we had a turnover, so they started on the 30 once and on the 15 once. Field position and kicking game.” Kicker of the year candidate Jacob Bailey connected on a pair of field goals for Mt. Juliet, from 21 and 49 yards, to salvage a couple of possessions for the hosts.
Despite the loss, Webb was pleased with the play of linebacker Conner Palk and defensive tackle Adam Sirface, while receiver Alex Gaca finished with five catches for 114 yards and a score. “They willed one more play than us down at the end,” Webb said.
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Today’s Spotlight is on Senior Trainer, Laney Powell. Laney has spent her entire 4 years at FHS helping our team as a trainer. She became interested after watching her sister and seeing how much she enjoyed it. Her sister had such a fun experience, Laney says, it inspired her to try it, as well. She has loved her time with our team and her favorite memory is when, “during freshmen year, Coach Webb surprised the guys with new grey jerseys. It was so exciting to witness.” In her free time she loves going to concerts and hanging out with her friends. After graduation Laney hopes to attend MTSU and major in Music Business. She likes to live by her favorite motivational quote which is, “Live each moment like it’s your last.”
We appreciate the time and care that Laney and all of the trainers give to our team. We will miss them but look forward to seeing what they accomplish next.
By Maurice Patton
Any possibility of Franklin looking past McGavock to a potential Region 3-6A ‘championship game’ the following weekend was laid to rest about as decisively as the host Raiders were Friday night.
The visiting Rebels grabbed a two-touchdown lead less than five minutes into an eventual 48-21 victory, one in which Franklin scored all its points in the opening two quarters. “I’m proud we came out, especially offensively, and did some things well from the get-go,” Rebels coach Donnie Webb said after his team went to 7-1 (5-0). “In the second half, when we were playing a lot of young kids, I thought we were looking at the clock to see how quickly we could get back to Franklin. “I told these guys since the beginning of the year we were going to be a team that would be part of the region (title) talk. We knew once we won that game, a region championship game was going to be right around the corner.”
Wes Patterson’s 22-yard pass to Gentry Neese put the Rebels up 7-0 at the 9:05 mark of the first period, and Mitch Rossi’s 22-yard run doubled that margin with 7:01 to go in the quarter. After the Raiders’ Cornelius Smith took the ensuing kickoff 93 yards for a score, Patterson and Max Page hooked up for an 18-yard touchdown with 4½ minutes remaining. Carter Hendry broke a 54-yard run to paydirt on the next possession, and Patterson scored from 13 yards out with one second left in the quarter to make it a 34-7 game.
“Two of our first three touchdowns were passes,” Webb said. “McGavock, right off the bat their game plan was to try to bring pressure to stop our option. They were determined to take away the inside option, and that opened up the passing game. “From there, things balanced back out to where Rossi was able to get going.” Rossi finished with 143 rushing yards and a touchdown on 14 carries, leading a ground attack that accounted for 298 of Franklin’s 426 yards. Collin Saulters added a rushing TD and Alex Gaca caught a 54-yard scoring pass from Hendry to push the lead to 48-7 by halftime. “I didn’t think our practices (prior to the game) were going that well,” Webb said. “I think (our performance) was a factor of having 24 seniors, and many of them key players in our game plan weekly.”
With McGavock (1-7, 1-4) in the rearview mirror, Webb and the Rebels turned their attention to their upcoming matchup with Mt. Juliet. The Golden Bears dropped back-to-back games at home against Cane Ridge and region foe Ravenwood in a 1-2 start, but have since run off five straight wins – four in league play. The method in which Mt. Juliet has managed its success looks familiar to Webb. “Even in our one loss, I’ve felt like all year we’ve been the more physical team, that our offensive and defensive fronts have controlled the line of scrimmage for the most part,” he said. “The first thing that jumps out, seeing Mt. Juliet live and turning on the film, is that they’re doing the same thing, trying to be physical and come off the ball and block people. “I’m really impressed with their offensive line. In all our games, even against Wilson Central, our offensive line — it may take them a bit, but as the game goes on, I feel they’ve worn people down. Where I think that’s been our ‘M.O.’, we’re going to be challenged from that aspect.”
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Today we are profiling one of our Senior Trainers, Ruth Yeary. Ruth has been working with our team for 3 years. She was invited by two of her best friends to help and it seemed like a fun opportunity to get involved. She has really enjoyed the fun car/bus rides to the games and bonding with Alexis and the other trainers has been a huge benefit. She also loves being on the sidelines on Friday nights. Ruth loves anything that relates to music and hopes to attend Belmont University or Indiana University and major in Music Business. She enjoys concerts, exploring new music, and spending time with her family. When asked what her favorite motivational quote or scripture is she says that she always remembers a quote her mom often tells her, “Things can change quickly, so never give up.” She likes to stay positive because “whatever God has in store for me I knew it’s going to be for the best!”
Here is what Ruth’s parents want her to know: Everyday you amaze us with your strength and kindness. We have always admired your unique outlook on life. You are our sunshine! We love and admire you. Love, Mom and Dad
We have enjoyed getting to know Ruth through the years and appreciate the hours of hard work she has done for our team.
By Maurice Patton
Pending the outcome of their next contest, the Franklin Rebels took a big step toward setting up a Region 3-6A title game with their 42-35 homefield win Thursday over Wilson Central.
Improving to 6-1 overall and 4-0 in league play with their sixth consecutive victory, the Rebels need a win this weekend at McGavock to go into their Oct. 21 game at Mt. Juliet undefeated. The host Golden Bears, meanwhile, are the No. 2 team in the region at 6-2 (4-1) following their 45-0 win Thursday over Antioch. Mt. Juliet has an open date this week. “Our goal is to win this week and set up a championship game with us and Mt. Juliet,” Franklin coach Donnie Webb said after the shootout victory over Wilson Central (6-2, 3-2) – a game in which the Rebels never trailed, but never led comfortably, either.
“Wilson Central was better offensively than I gave them credit for,” Webb said. “I thought we’d get more pressure on the quarterback. I thought we’d take the running game away. We didn’t, and that’s what turned it into a shootout. I felt we’d score, but I thought we’d get more stops than we did.”
Indeed, Franklin scored 40-plus points for the third time in its last four games. However, the Rebels allowed a season high in points and the most they’d given up since their 28-24 loss to Centennial in the season opener. The Wildcats put up 470 offensive yards and rallied from a 21-7 first-quarter deficit behind running back Tyler Bowes (182 rushing yards, two touchdowns) and quarterback Blake Meadors (299 passing yards, three touchdowns). Meadors threw a 32-yard scoring pass to Bowes with 5:11 remaining to tie the game at 35-all.
Franklin QB Wes Patterson drove his team back downfield and scored on a 14-yard run with 24 seconds remaining for the gamewinner. “I can’t say enough about Wes,” Webb said. “He took too much of that playoff game (last year’s 21-20 second-round loss to Wilson Central) on his own shoulders. I was really proud for him to be able to have such a big game.” Patterson threw for 160 yards and three TDs – two to Alex Gaca, who finished with 118 receiving yards on seven catches, and a 50-yarder to Mitch Rossi to break a 28-28 halftime deadlock. Rossi rushed for 104 yards and a score.
As Franklin comes down the stretch and contemplates postseason play, Webb said the Wilson Central contest gives his team some things to work on. “We think offensively we can score some points, we can play with anybody,” he said. “Obviously we want to run the football, but we do have some threats on the outside. We think the better part of our football team is our offense. We want them to be on the field.
“I’m as happy as anybody (with the win), but when we turn the film on and it’s time to go back to work – we’ve got some problems. We’ve got to get better in coverage. In Class 6A, everybody’s in the playoffs. Everybody in the Memphis region (Region 4-6A) except one team is some sort of spread offense. We’re going to have to be able to go out and stop those type offenses. I’m glad we found it now. Some of it is schematic, but the rest is working on us and getting better. “We have some things to go back to the chalkboard on.”
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Today’s Senior Spotlight is on #54, Defensive End, Conner Palk. He is the son of Russell and Michelle Palk and has a brother, Cooper, who also plays for the Rebels. Conner also plays Forward on the FHS Basketball team. He started playing football in 2007 for the Grassland Golden Eagles as a Lineman and has played since that time. His favorite player is JJ Watt and his favorite motivational saying is “Jowzer.” When asked what his best FHS Football memory is, Conner said “going in to play for the very first time as a Varsity Rebel as a sophomore at Shelbyville. I was extremely nervous and excited.” After graduation Conner would like to attend the University of Tennessee to study Business.
Here is what his parents want him to know: “We love you more than anything in the world. You have made us so proud of the young man you have become. We are your biggest fans. Remember we will be here for you and will always love you.”
We have loved watching Conner through the years and look forward to watching #54 not only on the football field but on the basketball court.
Today’s Senior Spotlight is on #5, Alex Gaca. Alex plays Wide Receiver and Defensive Back for the Rebels and one of his brothers, Matt, plays on the JV Rebel team. He also plays Hockey for FHS and says that his favorite quote is “One Speed….Full Speed.” Alex came to Franklin from Illinois two years ago, where he started playing football for the St Raphael Saints. He likes watching Tom Brady and hopes to play college football and then go to law school. When asked what his favorite FHS Football memory is, Alex said that “scoring the winning touchdown against McGavock, Junior year” is something he will always remember.
Here is what his parents, John and Trish, want him to know: We are proud of the accomplishments you have made on the field through your hard work. We look forward to watching you continue to grow as a person through that same hard work and effort in all facets of your life.”
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Today’s Spotlight is on Senior, JP Batarseh.
He wears #4 for the Rebels and plays as a Wide Receiver.
JP is the son of Peter and Diana Beach Batarseh and Tamara Fyke. He started playing football for the Franklin Cowboys as a Running Back and loved watching Troy Polumolu and now OD, Jr.
JP would love to play football in college and study Architectural Drafting and Design. He cites Phillipians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength” and Joshua 1:9, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous.
Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you, wherever you go.” as his two favorite scriptures. When asked what his best FHS Football memory is he said, “how we beat Brentwood all four years!”
Here is what his parents want JP to know: “We are so very proud of you, JP. We truly admire your kind heart, great sense of humor, and wide range of friendships. We see your hard work, quiet confidence, humility, fierce determination, your loyalty, and your respectful lifestyle. We’re so grateful for the young man you’ve become. You’re a joy to us and everyone around you!”
We are thankful to have JP on our team and look forward watching #4 in future years.
Today’s Senior Spotlight is on #11, Matthew Burns. Matthew started playing football for the Franklin Cowboys, playing Quarterback. He now plays Running Back and Defensive Back for the Rebels. Matthew’s favorite team is the UT Vols and his favorite player is Marshawn Lynch. When asked what his favorite FHS Football memory is, Matthew says that it was “rushing for 143 years in the playoffs against Houston, junior year.”
His favorite motivational quote is: “In the end, it’s not going to matter how many mistakes you make, but how you used them to make you stronger.” Matthew is still deciding what he wants to do after graduation and is exploring college opportunities.
Here is what his parents, Gary and Linda, want Matthew to know: “We are proud of you and the young man you are becoming. You have the heart of a Champion. We love you and believe you can accomplish all you desire.”
We have loved watching Matthew through the years and can’t wait to see what he accomplishes for the remainder of this season.
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By Maurice Patton
Opening with 24 unanswered points, Franklin made sure homecoming festivities would be enjoyable with Friday’s 45-7 victory over Antioch. With the win, the Rebels improved to 5-1 overall and 3-0 in Region 3-6A play heading into a Thursday night league matchup with visiting Wilson Central.
Christopher Miller-Hill put the hosts on the scoreboard with a 39-yard field goal less than four minutes into the contest, and Mitch Rossi followed with touchdown runs of 29 yards, 40 yards and 1 yard – the last with 9:53 left in the second period to make it a 24-0 game.
Rossi wound up rushing for a game-high 136 yards on 16 carries, giving him 667 yards and eight touchdowns through Franklin’s six games. Antioch (1-5, 0-3) scored on a 76-yard Noah Scales pass to Donald Weakley and cut the Rebel cushion to 24-7, but the hosts answered with an 11-yard Carter Hendry run for a touchdown and a 14-yard Wes Patterson pass to J.P. Batarseh for another TD.
Leading 38-7 at halftime, the Rebels added another score a minute into the third quarter as Hendry broke loose for a 49-yarder. Hendry finished with 77 rushing yards on five carries as Franklin rushed for 252 yards and finished with 311 total – more than double Antioch’s 152-yard output.
Wynn had a team-high six total tackles for Franklin, which has won five straight since its season-opening loss to Centennial. Wilson Central (6-1, 3-1) comes to Franklin following a 62-26 region win over county rival Lebanon. The Wildcats suffered their only loss at the hands of Mt. Juliet, a 39-32 overtime defeat in Week 6.
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What a beautiful night for our homecoming football game!
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Today’s spotlight is on Senior, Mitch Rossi. He wears #42 and plays several key positions for the Rebels, including Running Back and Linebacker. Mitch has a brother, Jack, who
previously played for the Rebels, and a sister, Molly. He started playing football for the Grassland Eagles as a Middle Linebacker and a slot receiver and quickly gained the respect of all the dads for his love of “hitting.” Mitch’s favorite player is Luke Kuechly. After graduation Mitch wants to go to the University of Tennessee and study Sports Management, and then he would love to coach at Clemson University. When asked what his favorite FHS football memory is he answered “either double overtime win against Indy, or Halloween win at Centennial of my sophomore year.” He cites Dwight Schrute’s quote as his favorite motivational saying, “I am fast….To give you a reference point I am somewhere between a snake and a mongoose….And a panther.”
Here is what his parents, Tom and Deb want Mitch to know: “Your enthusiasm for the game has always made you so much fun to watch. From GAA peewee when you put on a spectacle playing during halftime at the Titans game, to calling plays during middle school football that led the coach to remark: “If I did not show up, Mitch could take over!”…… You have always given 110%. Thank you for your drive and spirit….We Love You….Go Big or Go Home!!!
We have all LOVED watching Mitchie through the years and look forward to seeing all that he will accomplish.
Today’s Senior Spotlight is on Senior TightEnd, Max Page. He is the son of Battle and Gina and has two brothers, Booth and David, that also played for the Rebels. Max started playing football for the Grassland Eagles as a Defensive End when he was 5 years old. He lists Derek Barnett and the UT Vols as his favorite player and team and he hopes to attend the University of Tennessee after graduation. Max’s favorite motivational quote is “Leave it in better shape than when you found it.” When asked what his favorite FHS Football memory is Max replied “the craziness in the locker room after a win.”
Here is what his mom and dad want him to know: Max, you are wise beyond your years. You rise to challenges and handle adversity in ways that make us so proud. You definitely live by your favorite quote which is to leave things better than you found them and you make us better parents by teaching us so many lessons with your quiet faith. We have loved watching you play football and look forward to seeing how the many lessons of football, good and bad, help to make you a Godly man.
Today’s Senior Spotlight is on Senior Quarterback, Wes Patterson. He is the son of Shawn and Mike and has a brother, Alex who also played for the Rebels. Wes started playing football as a WideReceiver for the Franklin
Cowboys when he was in the 4th grade. The UT Vols are at the top of his list when it comes to his favorite college program and his plan following graduation is to head to Knoxville and attend the University of Tennessee. When asked his favorite FHS Football memory Wes said, “Being able to rally my team during the Wilson Central Playoff game in 2015.” His favorite motivational saying is “If you’re not first, you’re last.”
Here is what Shawn and Mike want Wes to know:
“Wes, your dad and I are so proud of you. We love watching you play football. We are excited to see what this season holds for you and your team. Thank you for giving us so many special memories.”
Love Mom and Dad
We are looking forward to watching #8 rally his team throughout the rest of the season!!!