Senior Profile, #44 Jameson Reagan

#44, Jameson Reagan

#44, Jameson Reagan

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.

Senior Profile – #7 Carter Bowman

#7, Carter Bowman

#7, Carter Bowman

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! 

Senior Profile – Trainer, Victoria Graffam

Senior Trainer, Victoria Graffam.

Senior Trainer, Victoria Graffam.

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.

Week 9 Game Summary Franklin v Mt Juliet

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.fhs-v-mt-juliet-summary-1

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.

fhs-v-mt-juliet-summary-2 “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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Senior Profile – Trainer, Laney Powell

Senior Trainer, Laney Powell

Senior Trainer, Laney Powell

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.

Week 8 Game Summary Franklin v McGavock

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.” fhs-v-mcgavock-summary-2

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.” fhs-v-mcgavock-game-summary-1

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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Senior Trainer, Ruth Yeary

Senior Trainer, Ruth Yeary

Senior Trainer, Ruth Yeary

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.

Week 7 Game Summary Franklin v Wilson Central

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. franklin-wilson-central-pic-1

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-wilson-central-pic-2Franklin 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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Senior Profile – #54, Conner Palk

#54, Conner Palk

#54, Conner Palk

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.

Senior Profile – Meet #5, Alex Gaca

#5, Alex Gaca

#5, Alex Gaca

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.”  


Senior Spotlight – #4, JP Batarseh

Today’s Spotlight is on Senior, JP Batarseh.

He wears #4 for the Rebels and plays as a Wide Receiver.

#4, JP Batarseh

#4, JP Batarseh

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.

Senior Profile – #11, Matthew Burns

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.”

#11, Matthew Burns

#11, Matthew Burns

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.

Week 6 Game Summary Franklin v Antioch

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 Thursdayfranklin-antioch-summary-1 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 pasfranklin-antioch-summary-2s 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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Senior Spotlight, #42, Mitch Rossi

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

# 42, Mitch Rossi

# 42, Mitch Rossi

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.

Senior Spotlight, #89, Max Page

fullsizerenderToday’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.  

Senior Spotlight – #8, Wes Patterson

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

#8, Wes Patterson

#8, Wes Patterson

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!!!

Freshmen scrimmage pic Aug 5

Freshmen scrimmage Aug. 5

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Freshman vs Brentwood pictures

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Senior Profile – #14, Jared Howell

#14, Jared Howell

#14, Jared Howell

Today’s Spotlight is on Senior Defensive Back, Jared Howell.  Jared started playing football for the Brentwood Blaze as a Running Back and Safety. He is the son of David and Elisha Howell and Kim Ely.  Jared says that Patriots player, Julian Edelman is his favorite athlete.  His favorite scripture is found in Hebrews 12:11 which says  “‘Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterwards it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.”  After graduation, Jared would like to go to college and study sports broadcasting.  When asked what his favorite FHS Football memory is he replied, “Hopefully, when we win STATE with my boys!”

Here is what Jared’s dad, David, wants him to know:  SO proud that you have done so much with the opportunities that God has given you.  Also for choosing to follow Jesus.  He will make your path straight.  Love Always, Dad

We love to watch #14 on Friday nights and look forward to seeing him fulfill that “memory.”

Week 5 Game Summary Franklin v Ravenwood

By Maurice Patton

Shaking off an early sfranklin-ravenwood-game-summary-pic-1pecial teams breakdown, Franklin rallied with a couple of fourth-quarter scores to pick up a 21-13 win Fridayat Ravenwood.

The victory was the first in the series for the Rebels since 2011, as they improved to 4-1 overall and 2-0 in Region 3-6A. “In joking fashion, one of my assistants grabbed my back (after the game) and said ‘the monkey’s gone’,” Franklin coach Donnie Webb said. “I’m sure it’s the same feeling for the kids. We always felt we were as good as them.”

The defending state titlists posted the game’s first points, recovering a blocked punt for a touchdown with 3:18 remaining in the opening period for a 6-0 cushion. The lead was shortlived, though, as senior Mitch Rossi scored from four yards out to cap the ensuing Franklin drive and Christopher Miller-Hill added the extra point for a 7-6 advantage.

Carter Nelson’s 1-yard plunge put the Raptors (2-3, 1-1) back in front 13-7, four minutes into the second quarter, and the margin held up as the game reached intermission and through the third quarter – concerning Webb. “At the end of the third quarter, they had 60-something yards and we had 200-something, and they were winning the game,” he said. “We had too many turnovers, too many penalties and special teams (busts).

“The game had a weird feel to it. I never felt threatened that they could drive the ball on us, if we could just keep it and hang on to it and make some plays. I knew we were the better football team, but we were putting ourselves in a spot where we were about to run out of time if we didn’t make some plays.”

That sense of urgency finally took hold for the Rebels, as they converted a Ravenwood turnover near midfield into points when Rossi’s 8-yard run made it a 14-13 game with 10 minutes remaining. Wes Patterson added an insurance touchdown with his 4-yard run at the three-minute mark, and a Zach Polisky pick-6 was negated by an illegal block on the return but ended the hosts’ hopes of a comeback.

“I guess that’s how it’s going to be for us. It’s getting kind of old,” Webb said of his team’s third game decided by one possession. Offensively, Franklin wasn’t quite as productive as in previous weeks – finishing with 266 yards as Rossi (100 rushing yards) and Patterson (90 rushing yards) led the way. “Wes kept us going,” Webb said, as the Rebels did dominate time of possession once again, holding the ball for 34-plus minutes.

Defensively,franklin-ravenwood-game-summary-2 ends Barrett Brown and Conner Palk teamed for 10 tackles – five for loss – as that unit held Ravenwood to 119 yards. “We played ‘nickel’ the whole night and we needed to stop the run, and it was going to take those guys to do it,” Webb said of the pair.

With an open date looming, Webb said it couldn’t have come at a better time on the schedule as his team can get set for the second half of the regular season and solidify its Class 6A postseason prospects.  “Having just played Brentwood and Ravenwood back to back – for our kids, two rivals like that, this is a really good spot for an open week,” he said. “We can work on this stuff. We’ve got a chance to be a team on our side (of the bracket) to be reckoned with. I don’t think we’re great defensively, but I think our kids play hard. Offensively, we’ve been stopping ourselves.”

When the Rebels do return to play, they’ll do so with three of their final five games at home, including a Thursday matchup with Wilson Central in Week 8.  “It’s all region games from here,” Webb said. “I know we all make the playoffs, but it still matters to have those playoff games at home. In the first two rounds, the home team wins a high percentage of those. So that’s our goal.”

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Clearing the ‘Woods: Rebels over Ravenwood 21-13

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Clearing the ‘Woods: Rebels over Ravenwood 21-13

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Senior Spotlight – #51, Will Stucki

#51, Will Stucki

Will Stucki #51

Today’s Senior Spotlight is on Defensive Lineman, Will Stucki.  Will started playing football for the Grassland Eagles as a Linebacker, and now wears number 51 for the Rebels.  He enjoys watching the Tennessee Titans and Vanderbilt.  When asked what his favorite FHS Football memory was, Will said that “doing hitting drills in the pouring down rain was fun.”  After graduation next spring he would like to go to college and become a trauma doctor and is also looking into doing a mission for his church.  His favorite motivational saying is, “That which we persist in doing becomes easier.  The nature hasn’t changed.  The power to do increases.”  

Will’s Parents want him to know this as he enjoys his senior year:

 Ruthie Carbow – We are so proud of you.  You are our sunshine on a stark cloudy day.  We love you more than anything in the world, (to the moon and back).  You can do anything you put your mind to, so enjoy your path my son and do great things.

Doug and Lori Stucki – Your family is so proud of you and your accomplishments!  You are smart, funny, sweet, and loving.  You are respectful and serve the Lord!  We love you and can’t wait to see you do great and amazing things!

We have loved watching Will play through the years and look forward to watching his this season.


Senior Spotlight – #46, Ian Jennings

Senior Defensive Lineman, Ian Jennings

Senior Defensive Lineman, Ian Jennings

Today’s Senior Spotlight is on Senior, Defensive Lineman, Ian Jennings.  Ian is the son of Kane and Laura and brother to Rebel Fan, Lily.  He started playing football for the Franklin Cowboys, playing Offensive Tackle and Defensive End, and now wears #46 for the Rebels.    Ian is a big Auburn fan and lists Cam Newton as his favorite player.  His favorite FHS Football memory is “beating Independence in overtime and running out on the field.”  Ian won the Academic Award at last year’s football banquet and after graduation wants to go to college and hopes to become a college professor.   His favorite motivational saying is “Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.”  Charles Swindoll

Kane and Laura wrote these things to Ian:  “From the miracle baby you were to the outstanding young man you have become, we are proud of you every day.”

We are enjoying watching #46 on the field this year and look forward to following him after graduation.

Week 4 Game Summary Franklin v Brentwood

By Maurice Patton

Overcoming a rough start, Franklin achieved a rare feat Friday night with its 41-7 win over visiting Brentwood.

“There are not many senior classes here that can say they didn’t lose to Brentwood,” coach Donnie Webb said after his Rebels committed three fumbles on their opening three possessions and trailed 7-0 midway through ff-brentwood-summary-pic-1the opening quarter but rallied to improve to 3-1.

“We told them this week, they had an opportunity to do something very few people have done – certainly not since I’ve been here.”

After struggling to close their initial two outings, the Rebels have outscored their last two opponents 69-13. Carter Hendry’s 46-yard pass to Alex Gaca just before the end of the first quarter tied the game, and Franklin never let up on either side of the ball.

“It really did get away from (Brentwood) once we got it rolling offensively,” Webb said after the Rebels amassed 466 total yards and a season high in points. “We got that first touchdown to tie it up, and from that point on, we weren’t only matching their intensity – I thought we were being the aggressor. We were being a little more physical than they were. We were getting more than one hat to the football defensively. There was a sense of urgency.

“I know we’ve challenged them. I don’t think we’d practiced very well (earlier), and I think that was showing up on Friday nights, losing focus, not finishing. I think our senior class finally decided they needed to be the leaders of the football team and took a step forward with that.”

Wes Patterson threw for two more scores – one each to J.P. Batarseh and Gaca – with Mitch Rosff-brentwood-summary-pic-2si and Gentry Neese adding rushing touchdowns and Christopher Miller-Hill connecting on a pair of field goals.

Rossi just missed the 100-yard mark for the second straight week, finishing with a team-high 97 on nine carries. He now has 431 rushing yards in four games.

Brentwood (1-3) finished with 163 offensive yards in losing its second straight game, as well as its fourth in the series.

Franklin returns to Region 3-6A play Friday with a trip to Ravenwood (2-2, 1-0).

“The motivation ought to be there for us,” Webb said of the upco ming matchup against the reigning state champions. “It’s a region game, and we’re going from a team our seniors have never lost to, to one they’ve never beaten.”

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