#34 Gavin King is the son of Chris & Lindsay King. Gavin was born weighing 6 pounds and 1 ounce. His football adventure started playing for the Grassland Eagles as a Linebacker. His all-time favorite player is Peyton Manning. Gavin plans on attending the University of Tennessee #GoVols. Below are a few of Gavin’s top pics:
Favorite Food: Buffalo Wild Wings
Favorite Motivational Saying: “Mamba Out” – Kobe Bryant
Favorite Rebel Memory: Interception v Lebanon – Junior Year
Message from Gavin’s Proud Rebel Parents:
“ I can’t believe the time is here. You have brought us so much joy over the past 18 years. I am so proud of the person you have become. I hope you enjoy every minute of your senior year and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for you!
I Love You So Much!
“I am very proud of the Young man that you have become, and I know that you will succeed in whatever direction that life takes you.
I Love you,
#17 Price Wynn is the son of Betsy & Chris Wynn. When Price was born he weighed 7 pounds and 11 ounces. He made is football debut as a Grassland General in 7th grade as a Wide Receiver. Price’s favorite college team is Old Miss and his favorite pro player is from our Stanley Cup Finalists The Nashville Preds…. Pekka Rinne! Here are a few more fun facts about Price:
Favorite food – crab legs with melted butter
Favorite saying – “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take” – Wayne Gretzky
Favorite Rebel memory – The energy and excitement of Friday Game Day. The pride I feel on that day.
Message from Price’s Proud Rebel Parents:
“I feel like the most blessed mom in the world to have you as my son. The positive way you choose to live life, even through major disappointment, is a real motivation to those around you. My hope for you is that you achieve all that you dream and can be as good of an influence on the world as you have been on this family. We are so incredibly proud of you! We love you – Mom, Dad, Graham, Mimi and Tanner”
#2 Michael Crowther is the son of Bradford & Catheryne Crowther and the late Linda Bennett. When Michael was born he weighed 9 pounds and 4 ounces! His first football team was playing for Zion Christian Academy Middle School as Corner Back and Wide Receiver. Michael’s favorite Pro Player is the great Bo Jackson. Michael plans to pursue an Army ROTC scholarship and attend Auburn University #GoTigers! A few more notables about Michael include:
Favorite Food: Krispy Kreme doughnuts
Favorite Motivational Saying or Scripture: It’s not wanting to win that makes you a winner; it’s refusing to fail. – Peyton Manning
Favorite Rebel Football Memory: It has yet to be made.
Message from Michael’s Proud Rebel Parents:
“If I had written down what I would have wanted in a son before you were born, I could not have imagined the young man you have become. You are a joy to be around and are such a great influence on all those around you, including your younger brother Ben Bruno. Your mom was so amazed to see you mature into a young man almost overnight as you showed her love by your care and time you spent with her. She was so proud of you! Keep sharing your story with Christ at the center of your life. I love you just because you are my son and proud of you for the young man you are.”
#30 Avery Jones is the son of Keith and Tracey Jones. Avery weighed 9 pounds and 5 ounces when he was born. His first football experience was playing a Lineman for the Franklin Cowboys. Favorite players include Tyler Byrd – UT and Julio Jones- Falcons. More of Avery’s favorites include:
Favorite Food: Cheeseburger
Favorite Motivational Saying or Scripture: “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28
Favorite Rebel Football Memory: 1st Rebel touchdown in the Blackman scrimmage
Message from Avery’s Proud Rebel Parents:
“Avery/A-Train, we are so proud of you for having the courage to try something new your Senior Year! We love watching you play, because we know behind the athletic gifts is a foundation of hard work and perseverance. You are an amazing athlete but an even finer young man. It is a blessing to call you our son. Your character and servant heart are an encouragement to all who know you. Keep letting your light shine! Love, Mom and Dad”
#3 Gentry Neese is the son of Charlie Neese & Eve Annunziato. Gentry was born 7 pounds and
9 ounces. His first football experience was playing Corner for Saint Paul Saints in 5th Grade. Jarvis Landry is his favorite Pro Player. Gentry’s impassioned about coaching football as he coaches a 14-year-old team currently and has 92 color coordinated plays he crafted for them on a Google spreadsheet. I think they’ve master 3 or 4 of them so far! He plans to study Sports Management and one day be on the sidelines calling plays! Below are a few more of his favorites:
Favorite Food: His Mom’s Baked Ziti
Favorite Motivational Saying or Scripture: “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.” Dr. Seuss
Favorite Rebel Football Memory: Beating Brentwood at home!
Message from Gentry’s Proud Rebel Parents:
“Gentry, we’re most proud of not your athletic ability, but rather your humble spirit and kind heart that guide you. We are glad you realize this game, this team and this life aren’t all about you – it’s much grander than that. You understand all of your accomplishments as a Rebel were because of the help of your teammates who blocked and tackled for you and/or perfectly passed to you. That’s a lesson we’re confident you understand and will take with you to college and beyond. Simply said, we’re proud of your deep faith, integrity and character on and off the field. Through all of your 18 years and all of the years to come, Gentry, we are most thankful we get to call you our son!”
#75 Max Wray is the son of Sam & Stacy Wray. Max made his debut into the world at 9 pounds 7 ounces. He wore #2 on his first football team for the Erie Tigers in Colorado where we played QB. Max now wears #75 – his dad’s OLine number. His favorite Pro Player is Joe Thomas. Max is set to graduate early in December, live out a dream of playing in the US Army All American Bowl, then start at THE Ohio State in January where he will begin Spring classes & football. A few more tid-bits about Max include:
Favorite Food: Mom’s Poppyseed Chicken, BACON, Costco’s Chocolate Cake, Chicken Strips from J Alexanders… the list goes on & on…
Favorite Motivational Saying or Scripture: “You Won’t”
Romans 12:2 “Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God.”
Favorite Rebel Football Memory: 4th Quarter against Ravenwood last year, 2016
Message from Max’s Proud Rebel Parents:
“Maxwell – we are so proud of the man you are becoming. You are kind, funny, smart, a joy to be around and you are one heck of a karaoke singer! The way you remain focused on your dreams & goals, in school & on/off the field, is inspiring. It’s been amazing to watch the Lord walk along side of you & your dedication. Continue to work hard, stay humble & good things will happen. May Psalm 103 bring you comfort all the days of your life. Your relationship with your brother brings us great joy! We can’t wait to watch The Wray Brother “Bookends” on the line this Fall! Enjoy each & every moment. Love you – Mama & Dad”
#26 John Taylor is son to Brad & Barb Taylor. John Taylor came into this world at 7 pounds 11ounces. He started off playing Tailback for the Grassland Eagles. John’s favorite Pro Player is Eric Decker. After graduating from FHS, John plans to attend Auburn University #GoTigers. More of John’s favorites include:
Favorite Food: Shrimp & Grits
Favorite Motivational Saying or Scripture: “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life” John 3:16
Favorite Rebel Memory: Going to Memphis to play Whitehaven in the playoffs.
Message from John’s Proud Rebel Parents:
“John, we are incredibly proud of who you are. Your strength of character & kindness give courage to those around you. We are thankful for the gift of watching you grow. You have brought us great joy! Work hard, love big & stay the course. We will be cheering for you all the way! Love, Mom & Dad”
#22 Garrison Glover is the son of Dan & Jennifer Glover. When Garrison was born he weighed in at a solid 8 pounds. In 4th grade, Garrison played Wide Receiver and Strong Safety for “Video Gold” -Pop Warner Football – in Milan, TN. Garrison’s favorite Pro Players are Payton Manning & Julio Jones. After FHS, Garrison is working to obtain a track scholarship, plans to study psychology/religious studies at the University of Tennessee and then obtain his doctorate in theology. Below are a few more highlights about Garrison:
Favorite Food: 3 of Moe’s Joey Burritos
Favorite Motivational Saying or Scripture: Matthew 22:37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.”
Favorite Rebel Football Memory: “5 solo tackles against McGavock my Junior year and playing corner against Whitehaven in the Quarter-finals of the State Playoffs. Our guys worked hard last year to make it to the Playoffs. This year it feels different, more focused….our players are dedicated to growing stronger and better as a team not just as individual players. Over the years at FHS I learned that dedication, integrity and servant-leadership is key on and off the field.”
Message from Proud Rebel Parents:
“Garrison, we are honored to call you our son. You are set apart and we know that God gifted you, He has great plans for you and your walk with Him. Whatever you do always give your best. We love your sense of humor, calm spirit, loyalty, willingness to work hard, your humble confidence, determination, and servant heart. We are proud of the young man you’ve become. You bring joy to us and everyone around you!”
#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!”
#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”
Video: 2017 MaxPreps Sophomore All-Americans Host Zack Poff breaks down some of the top playmakers in the Class of 2020. These are some of the brightest young stars in high school football. How young? They are the Class of the next decade: 2020.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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!!!
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.”
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.
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.
Statistics from Brentwood game….
Check out the Stats from the Overton game…ff-stats-v-overton-2016
Today’s Spotlight is on Senior, Ben Mclendon. Ben wears #74 and plays on both the offensive and defensive lines for the Rebels. He started playing on the offensive line for the Franklin Cowboys and says that starting in his first varsity game is his favorite FHS Football memory. Ben’s favorite player is Arizona Safety, Tyrann
Mathieu. When asked what his favorite motivational saying is, Ben likes “We are going to be alright.” or “We gon be alright.” His plan after graduation is to go to UTK.
Here is what Ben’s mom and dad, Dana and Amy want him to know: We are proud of your strength and commitment to your team and the way you’ve always come back from injuries. Most of all we are proud of you becoming a strong young man inside and out. Love, Mom and Dad.
All of us have loved watching #74 through the years and look forward to seeing him this season, as well.
Today’s Senior Spotlight is on #21, Defensive Back, Seth Wilkes. He is the second oldest of the Wilkes clan. Younger brother, Luke, also plays for the Rebels wearing #19. Seth started playing football eight years ago as a defensive lineman for the Bluffton Bulldogs. He is a huge sports fan and cheers for the UT Vols and hopes to attend UTK when he graduates. He also competes on the Franklin High School wrestling team and the Harpeth Harlequins Rugby team. When asked what his favorite FHS Football memory is, Seth cites the 2014 win over Independence. His favorite motivational saying is “Do right, do your best, treat others as you want to be treated.”
Seth’s parents are Robin and Angela and here is what they want Seth to know: We are so blessed to be able to watch you grow and mature over the last 17 years. You’ve always worked hard to be a great son, brother, and friend to those around you, and we look forward to seeing what the future has in store for you.
Franklin Football is also looking forward to watching #21 this season!!!
Today’s Senior Spotlight is on Linebacker, Zach Polisky. Zach wears #32 for the Rebels and began playing football at the age of 5 for the Franklin Cowboys as a safety and running back. He has continued to play since age 5 and “lives, eats, and breathes FOOTBALL.” Marcus Dupree and Eric Berry are Zach’s favorite players and he likes this motivational saying, “If you ain’t first, you’re last.” When asked his favorite FHS Football memory, here’s what Zach recounts, “McGavock game at home last year: Causes a fumble, which is then recovered by Mitch Rossi late in the 4th quarter. Setting up Alex Gaca to score the very next play to win the game.” After graduating, Zach wants to go to college and study either Architecture or Sports Medicine.
Here is what Zach’s parents, Joelle and Will, want him to know: We are so proud to be your parents and even more proud of the man you are becoming! Your strength on and off the field, dedication to your school work, and friends is admirable. Whether football or anything you do in life – have fun, work hard and We Love You!!!
Today our Spotlight is on H-Back and Line-Backer, #30 Maddox Burgess. He is the oldest son of Craig and Jan and has two younger brothers, one of which is on our Freshmen Rebel Team. Maddox started playing football as the Center for the Franklin Cowboys. Clay Matthews is his favorite player and he counts the unveiling of the grey jerseys during his freshmen year as one of his favorite football memories. Maddox also noted that we beat Brentwood that night so it was a great night all around. When asked what his favorite scripture or motivational saying is, Maddox says that he really likes Romans 5:3-5, which says, “We are full of joy, even when we suffer. We know that our suffering gives us the strength to go on. The strength to go on produces character. Character produces hope. Hope will never let us down. God has poured His love into our hearts. He did it through the Holy Spirit, whom he has given to us.” After graduation, Maddox wants to go to college and would love to become a pediatrician.
Craig and Jan had this to say to Maddox: Over the past 4 years you have made our Friday nights very special. We know the game of football is very special to you and has had an instrumental role in shaping you into the Christian young man that you have become. We are excited to see what God has planned for you! We love you!
Today’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!!!
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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!!!
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
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.
#23 – Collin Saulters is the oldest of four boys. Collin started playing football with the Grassland Eagles as a middle linebacker. He, along with his parents Meg and Drew, is a huge UT Volunteer fan and lists Eric Berry as his favorite player. He remembers the Spring Practice before his sophomore year as being one of his favorite FHS football memories because that’s when he really got to know a lot of the guys and started to feel like a part of the team. Collin’s favorite verse/motivational saying comes from Ephesians 2:8-9: “For it is by grace you have been saved, by faith. And this not from yourselves. It is the gift of God — not by works, so that no one can boast.” Collin plans to go to college after graduation. We are looking forward to watching #23 and wish him luck in the upcoming season.
Senior “send off” from his parents: Your work ethic is outstanding. You courage is inspiring. Your character and integrity are admirable. All of which is because of your faith in and walk with Christ. We are so very proud of you.
A few of our guys had the chance to attend the Tennessee Titans High School Media Day today at Nissan Field. It was a fun and interesting morning talking to various media outlets about the upcoming Rebel season. Thank you to the Tennessee Titans and our players who represented Franklin Football.
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With the start of high school football less than two months away, here’s a look at some of the top returning Midstate linebackers for the 2016 season, as ranked by The Tennessean’s Michael Murphy.