FHS Football holds on to beat Pisgah
The Panthers entered the game against the Pisgah Bears knowing that it would be a tough contest. Pisgah had previously only been beaten by 3A Erwin and had been dominant in its wins. Franklin jumped out to an early lead when quarterback Luke Keener completed a 10-yard pass to Billy Higdon to put the Panthers ahead, 7-0. Pisgah tied the game in the second quarter, but that only lasted for a little while before tailback Jeremiah Young ran the ball into the end-zone to put Franklin back on top 14-7 going into the half.
Pisgah was able to post another touchdown in the fourth quarter, but the extra point fell short, possibly as a result of a Panther hand getting on it putting the score at 14-13, Panthers still on top. That mistake would come back to haunt the Bears. As time expired, Pisgah was moving towards the end of the field, but Franklin stood their ground forcing a field goal attempt from the four-yard line. The kick pulled to the right and the hometown crowd went crazy as the Franklin Panthers took home their sixth straight win.
Tomorrow night, Franklin will travel to Sylva to take on rival Smoky Mountain. The Mustangs will enter the contest with a 3-3 record.
Men's Soccer trumps Pisgah
After playing the Brevard Blue Devils to a tie last week, the Panthers travelled to Pisgah Monday to take on the Bears, a team they had beat previously in the season, 9-0.
This game proved to be a little tougher with the much improved Pisgah team managing to keep the game from getting out of hand after being outscored 3-0 by the Panthers in the first period. The Panthers were held scoreless in the second and the Bears was able to put up one goal of their own. The Panthers were able to hold on, 3-1. The win moves the team to a 9-3-1 overall record.
Yesterday, they hosted the Smoky Mountain Mustangs who gave the Panthers their first loss of the season back in September.
The women's tennis team travelled to West Henderson Monday to take on the Falcons. The Panthers lost the contest, 8-1.
SINGLES: 1. Anni Ness (F) d. Savannah Smith 6-2, 6-3; 2. Madison Vaughn (WH) d. Ashley Hull 6-1, 6- 2; 3. Matalie Ciaramitaro (WH) d. Lexi Kloeppel 6-4. 6-1; 4. Carolina Herrera (WH) d. Makaliah Anderson 6-2, 6-2; 5. Anna Yarbrough (WH) d. Shannon Esterwood 6-2, 6-2; 6. Kendall Gilliam (WH) d. Ivonne Rios 6-4, 6-3.
DOUBLES: 1. Vaughn/Ciaramitaro (WH) d. Anderson/ Esterwood 8-0; 2. Herrera/ Autumn McCarson (WH) d. Lauren Richards/Mekenzie Bowman 8-6; 3. Megan Garren/Dannie Cooper (WH) d. Katrina Harris/ Maylee Garrett 8-6.
Yesterday they hosted the Tuscola Mountaineers.
Lady Panthers get big win over East Henderson
The Lady Panthers volleyball team hosted games on consecutive days this week when Hayesville and East Henderson both made the trip to Franklin on Monday and Tuesday respectively.
The Panthers won Tuesday's game against the Eagles.
Today, they travel to take on the West Henderson Falcons.
Last Thursday, Franklin hosted their lone home cross country meet at the Macon Middle School. It was a good outing for the Men’s Cross Country team who finished in first place out of eight teams.
Jimmy Ear of Franklin finished in first place (16:35) while Caleb Albrecht finished in second (17:05).
The WNC Athletic Conference Race will be hosted by Smoky Mountain on October 15 and 16.