164 is motivation for Franklin

FRANKLIN, Texas (KBTX) – It’s 164 miles from Franklin’s subject home to AT&T Stadium in Arlington. For the second straight season the Lions will make the 164 miles journey to play within the Class 3A Division 2 State Championship sport. Franklin will face Gunter on Thursday.

Since dropping to Canadian 35-34 within the title sport final season the Lions have had 164 on their minds. For the reason that playoffs started Jayden Jackson, Darren Daugherty and Hayden Helton have represented the Lions at midfield for the opening coin toss. Jackson wears number one, Daugherty wears quantity 6 and Helton wears quantity 4. “It’s fairly cool to only ship a message and present all people that we’re coming. We’re coming for enterprise,” mentioned Daugherty. Jackson added, ““To indicate folks what we’ve been attempting to perform and what we’ve been attempting to get to. Making an attempt to get that 164 from right here all the way in which to AT&T Stadium.”

Thursday’s sport will characteristic a pair of 15-0 groups. To get that massive sixteenth win Franklin must attempt to decelerate a Gunter offense that’s averaging 53 factors per sport within the playoffs. “They run it good. It’s a pistol offense that you need to be very disciplined on the defensive aspect of the ball and play project soccer time and again and over,” mentioned Franklin head coach Mark Fannin. “We’ve been preaching to all 11 guys on protection simply do you job over and over and over and see the way it goes.”

Franklin is 0-2 in state title video games so a win over Gunter would give the Lions their first state title in program historical past. “It will imply the world to me, to my brothers, the teaching employees. That is what you’re employed for all 12 months so popping out on prime can be the perfect,” mentioned Helton.

Franklin and Gunter are scheduled to kick-off at 7:00 pm Thursday.

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