JOHN CRITCHLOW #20 – Senior Spotlight

#20 John Critchlow is the son of David & Sarah Critchlow. When John was born he weighed 7 pounds 10 ounces.  John started off his football career as the QB for the Grassland Eagles.  His favorite College team is BYU.  After graduating from Franklin, John plans on serving a church on a 2 year mission and then go onto college. Here are a few more things to know about John:

Favorite Food:  Sushi

Favorite Motivational saying or Scripture:  Proverbs 28:1 “The wicked flee when no man pursueth; but the righteous are bold as a lion.”

Favorite Rebel Football Memory:  Winning 7 on 7 championship with several FHS teammates.


Message from John’s Proud Rebel Parents:

“John we are so proud of you! You have always been a light in our family and to those around you. With your intelligence, faith, perseverance, and your incredible work ethic your ability to succeed is endless!  Have a great year & Go Rebels!”

ADAM SIRFACE #73 – Senior Spotlight

#73 Adam Sirface is son to Evelyn & Scott Young and Gary & Natalie Sirface.  Adam weighed a whopping 9 pounds at birth!!  He broke onto the Grid Iron scene wearing jersey #20 playing Linebacker for the Franklin Cowboys.  His favorite College Team is UT #GBO and his favorite player is LaDainian Tomlinson.  After graduation from FHS, Adam has his sights set on attending the University of Tennessee – GO VOLS!  Below are a few other fun facts about Adam:

Food: Chick-fil-a  or a great steak

Favorite Motivational Saying or Scripture: “Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong” Corinthians 16:13

Favorite Rebel Football Memory: My first career sack against Mt. Juliet


Message from Adam’s Proud Rebel Parents:

Gary & Natalie: “We are very proud of the man you are becoming. You have a great heart and a real zest for life.  We’ve really enjoyed seeing you grow on the football field too…and it is because you have put in the hard work.  No one can take that away from you and you will carry these memories and friendships the remainder of your life.  We hope you have great success in the classroom and on the field during your senior season.  Go Rebels”

Evelyn & Scott : “It has been our pleasure watching you grow into the kind-hearted young man you are today.  You have worked so hard to be a contributing member of the Franklin Rebel Football team and we are so proud of your accomplishment.  This experience has taught you so many valuable lessons that you will take with you the rest of your life.  We can’t wait to see what your future holds. Love always”

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Player Packs for 2017 – QB Club MTG 4-24-17

Rebel QB CLUB!

Looking forward to a Great 2017 Season!  

Information for this Year’s PLAYER PACKS…

Please join us at the QB Club MTG Monday APRIL 24!

Get Involved…Ask Quesitons… Meet the Officers and Committee Leaders…

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Franklin has seven sign national letters of intent – Franklin Home Page

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 …

Senior Profile – #72, Barrett Brown

#72, Barrett Brown

#72, Barrett Brown

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.

Senior Profile, #50, Caden Williams

#50, Caden Williams

#50, Caden Williams

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.

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.