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Franklin Panthers won the Battle of Cowee Mountain with a score of 40-7, with the Panthers scoring touchdowns on the first three possessions.

It was the third straight victory for the Franklin Panthers bumping their record to 3-0 in the conference and 5-2 overall.

The next matchup is at North Henderson Friday at 7:30 p.m. Photos by Vickie Carpenter

For the second year, students from Macon and Jackson County public schools have taken part in a competitive charity drive this holiday season, and for its second year now, Franklin High School has come out on top.

At last Friday’s varsity football game between Franklin High School and Smoky Mountain High School, the winner of the event, as part of the socalled “Battle of Cowee Mountain,” was declared. Macon students collected more than 8,100 items of wash cloths, soap and other personal care items throughout the month of September. Last year, 3,400 boxes of items were collected for Operation Christmas Child (OCC).

The friendly drive, held throughout the public schools of both Macon and Jackson counties, were all part of a competition to see which county could collect more toiletries for Operation Christmas Child - an organization that sends shoe boxes filled with toys, school supplies, personal hygiene items and other supplies to needy children in 100 countries. Jackson County Public Schools collected 339 total items, according to FHS Panthers Head Coach Josh Brooks, who helped organize the event.

“It was a real squeaker,” said Brooks, impressed with the participation of both communities. “I am just thankful to live in a place that’s willing to take part in such a worthy cause. It is good to see people take part in something so important and to give to those less fortunate and expect nothing in return.”

OCC is an off-shoot of Samaritan’s Purse. Anyone interested in getting more involved is encouraged to visit the Samaritan's Purse website at for more information, including how to pack a shoebox and what items are suggested to include in shoeboxes.

Home Games This Week:

- Thursday, Oct. 4, Volleyball vs. N. Henderson, JV at 5 p.m.; Varsity at 6 p.m. — JV Football vs. N. Henderson at 7 p.m. — Tennis vs. RGNS at 4 p.m.

— Monday, OCT. 8, Golf at Mill Creek at 2 p.m. — Soccer vs. Pisgah at 6 p.m.

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