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FOOTBALL: Bearcats, Flyers battle for district title, again

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Despite graduation losses, Franklin unbeaten

By John Herndon

Just like it has been the last two seasons, Anderson County and Franklin County sit atop the Class 5A, District 6 standings with Friday's showdown being for the regular season district championship and the district's top seed in the state playoffs, which start next month.

No matter what happens the final two weeks of the season, Friday's winner will be the regular-season district champion and will host the first two rounds of playoff games. The loser most likely will be the district runner-up but could fall to third place if certain things happen the last two weeks.

Many figured Franklin County would be rebuilding after losing the mega-talented Ryan Timmons, now at the University of Kentucky, and quarterback Logan Woodside, now at the University of Toledo. However, coach Chris Tracy has simply reloaded to go 8-0 so far this year.

That makes Franklin 31-2 over the last three seasons.

“Franklin County is outstanding,” Peach says of the Flyers. “They are undefeated and are in the Top 5 (Class 5A teams) in the state. It should be another incredible game.”

Running back Chris Roberts leads the ground game with better than 800 yards while multi-purpose threat Lorenzo McCaskell has over 1000 yards rushing and receiving combined. He is averaging over 17 yards every time he touches the ball and torched Woodford County for 106 yards and two touchdowns in just four carries last week.

Quarterback Barrett Sanderson has taken over for Woodside and is completing nearly 70 percent of his passes. He went 11-for-14 for 203 yards against Woodford.

Franklin leads the all-time series with Anderson, 12-2, and has won the last six times the teams have met, including a 56-52 thriller last year. Two years ago, Franklin rolled to a 56-24 victory before an overflow crowd at Warford Stadium.

Anderson's last win in the series came in 2002, when the Bearcats routed the visiting Flyers, 38-8.

Anderson admits that last year's result stung for a while, but quarterback Zachary Carmichael downplays the revenge factor, focusing instead on the task at hand.

“We want to win a district championship,” he said. “That is one of our goals. We have to beat Franklin County to achieve one of our goals.”

Peach welcomes the chance.

“This group has the opportunity to play for the district championship at home,” he said. “They have put in a lot of work and a tremendous amount of effort to put themselves in this position.”

 

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