Franklin's Timmons snatches victory from Bearcats

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Mr. Football candidate returns kick for TD on game's final play

By John Herndon

Fourteen seconds.


Fourteen measly seconds were all that stood between Anderson County and the Class 5A, District 6 football championship Friday night.

But when Ryan Timmons is on the other team, those 14 seconds could seem like 14 years.

Timmons took a kickoff 80 yards on the final play of the game to lift Franklin County to a 56-52 win over Anderson County at Benny Watkins Field at Franklin County High School Friday night.

Anderson had taken a 52-50 lead when Joe Rose kicked a 24-yard field goal with 14 seconds to play. It was the fifth time the lead had changed but there was enough time left for Timmons, who has been scoring about every other time he touches the ball on the season.

Rose squibbed a kick away from Timmons. Lorenzo McCaskill bobbled the ball at the 20, but gained control long enough to get the ball to Timmons.

Timmons showed why he is a strong contender for Kentucky's Mr. Football and is coveted by every major college football program in the country.

Timmons broke right, then cut left. When he was able to turn the corner, it was apparent he would raise Franklin's record to 9-0 and 4-0 in district play.

Anderson fell to 6-2, 3-1.

Timmons had given Franklin a 50-49 lead when he took a 43-yard pass from Logan Woodside, then ran for the two-point conversion out of the Wildcat formation with 2:05 to play.

Anderson drove to the Franklin 7, but had to settle for Rose's field goal.

Timmons, who had just four all-purpose yards in the first half, ended with 138 yards total offense along with the 80-yard return. He scored three touchdowns.

Woodside completed 9-of-15 passes for 300 yard and picked off two passes in the second half for Franklin County. He threw for 5 touchdowns.

Anderson had big games from quarterback Zachary Carmichael, who completed 13-of-19 passing for 288 yards and four scores. He also ran for 139 yards and three touchdowns.

Fullback Tristan Ashburn rushed for a career-best 109 yards, while Ross Cox and Granville Hayes had 116 and 110 receiving yards, respectively.

Hayes and Dusty Puckett both hauled in a pair of touchdown passes.

Anderson must defeat East Jessamine at home next Friday to earn the district's No. 2 seed and a home playoff game in the first round. With Anderson at 3-1 in district play and East Jessamine at 2-2, the head to head competition will, in all likelihood, determine the district runner-up.

For a complete report, see the Oct. 17 edition of The Anderson News.