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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