Senior Spotlight – #45 Harrison Brown

IMG_2552Today’s Senior Spotlight is shining on #45, Harrison Brown.  Harrison plays Defensive Back for the Rebels and started out playing Noseguard for the Grassland Eagles when he was little.   Harry has been fun to watch since the GAA days because he has always been a defensive player you could count on.  Todd Gurley is Harrison’s favorite athlete and he cites his favorite Franklin Football memory as playing as a sophomore in the game against Centennial.  He wants to go to the University of Tennessee after graduating.  When asked what his favorite scripture or motivational saying is, Harrison told us about a special morning ritual:  “Everyday since Kindergarten, my mom asks me before school, ‘What are you?’  And I have to say, “A smart, strong, Christian leader.”  She does it to all of us because she says if we say it enough, we will believe it.  It was embarrassing as I got older, but it’s “our thing.”

Todd and Melissa are Harrison’s parents and here is what they want him to know as they watch his senior season:  We are so inspired every day by you because of your commitment to doing the right thing and your drive to be the best you can be is going to take you far in life.  Your kind heart and adorable smile just makes everyone around you at ease.  We are so proud of you!

We are looking forward to watching number #45 on Friday nights!!!

Meet #9 – Jonathan Giles

Jonathan playing for the Grassland Eagles.

Jonathan Giles wears #9 and plays Defensive Back for the Rebels.  He is the son of Chris and Jeni Giles and his brother, Luke, plays for the Rebels.  Jonathan started playing football with the Grassland Eagles as a safety and running back.  He plays on the Rebel  baseball team and says that Bo Jackson is his favorite athlete.  Jonathan cites Colossians 3:23 as his favorite verse:  Whatever you do, work at it with all of your heart.” 

He has been a big contributor to Franklin athletics and his favorite football memory is when the Rebels beat McGavock on Homecoming last year.  Jonathan’s plans after graduation include going to college and majoring in Sports Management.  We look forward to watching #9 this year, not only on the football field but also in the spring on the baseball field.

Chris and Jeni had these words for Jonathan:  You are a shining star.  You continue to amaze us with the ability to overcome the obstacles life puts in your path.  Your character is second to none and we are so proud of the young man you have become.  Your future is bright!!!


Week 1 Game Summary Franklin v Centennial

By Maurice PattonFranklin v Centennial Game Summary

Franklin controlled about 46 minutes of its season-opening matchup Friday with visiting crosstown rival Centennial. Unfortunately for the host Rebels, it’s a 48-minute affair, and the Cougars’ performance in the final two was the difference in a 28-24 upset. Centennial managed to score twice in the last 78 seconds – recovering an onside kick to set up Tre Stewart’s 43-yard gamewinning touchdown pass to Austin Waddell with just 10 ticks left on the clock. “It’s disappointing that we had our opportunities to put them away and we didn’t,” Franklin coach Donnie Webb said. “We let a team with some good athletes, that were better than us in space, hang around. They made the plays at the end.” Despite a 122-yard rushing effort by Mitch Rossi, the result marked the third consecutive loss in the series for Franklin. Rossi and Connor Palk each added a sack defensively, as the Rebels got pressure on Stewart for most of the night before he caught fire late. “Kudos to him down the stretch,” Webb said. “He really was struggling. “There’s so many things you question that you might have done differently, but for the most part, I think we’d have played the game the same. Just not focusing on little things that came up, cost us in the end. Not taking advantage of some Centennial miscues early, we left some points on the field, and us with some mental mistakes, blowing some assignments. But hat’s off to Centennial. They never quit.” JP Batarseh and Alex Gaca each caught a scoring pass for Franklin – Gaca a 53-yarder from Wes Patterson to put the Rebels on the scoreboard in the first quarter, Batarseh a 78-yarder from Carter Hendry in the third period to extend the margin to 17-7. Franklin rolled up 400-plus offensive yards in the loss. Next up for the Rebels is a Friday trip to Riverdale. Franklin pulled out a 34-20 homefield decision last season against the Warriors. “In the grand scheme of things, there’s still a lot of football to play,” Webb said. “They (Centennial) are going to win a lot of games, and I still believe we’ve got an opportunity to win a lot of games.”

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A Great Rivalry Game!

Rebel-Cougar rivalry gets deeper

It’s hard to think that the Franklin-Centennial rivalry, which resumes Friday night at Howard Gamble Stadium on the Franklin campus, could get any deeper or more complex. It took the new kid on the block 16 years to defeat the old guard and the overall still stands a solid 16-4 record in favor of the Rebels.

Meet #67 – Vaughn Hamill

#67 Vaughn Hamill

#67 Vaughn Hamill

Today’s Senior Spotlight is on Offensive Lineman, #67, Vaughn Hamill.  He is the son of Shane and Sara Hamill and the older brother of Junior #60, Austin Hamill.  Vaughn started playing football with the Franklin Cowboys playing Center for his team.  He lists his favorite football player as LaSean McCoy and loves to eat sushi.  His teammates admire his hard work in the weight room and he continues to get stronger because of his work ethic.  “Winners take responsibility for their mistakes;  losers just make excuses,” is what Vaughn likes to keep in mind as he prepares to reach his goals which include going to college and majoring in pre-vet or pre-med.  One of his favorite FHS Football memories is spending time with his offensi

Vaughn and his brother, fellow Rebel, Austin

Vaughn and his brother, fellow Rebel, Austin

ve teammates, especially the line.

Here is what Vaughn’s parents have to say to him as he is beginning his Senior year:

“We have watched you grow into a mature young man of character, kindness, and strength.  We are so proud of the person you are and can’t wait to see what the future holds.”

Good Luck to #67, Vaughn Hamill.  We look forward to watching you play this season.