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The Franklin High School varsity football team rolled past the Murphy Bulldogs Friday night. The season opener took place at the Panther Pit. Red and white shirts filled the home team's bleachers that spontaneously erupted every time the Panthers hammered in a touchdown or stopped a surging Bulldog drive.

The Panthers set the pace early on in the game with an opening drive that saw FHS running back Marquel Manning take the ball into the end zone. The Bulldogs fired back quickly and kept the score close through the first half. In that same half, Manning, who had seen the majority of carries throughout the game left the field with a limp only to find out that his season is up in the air for now. An MRI was scheduled for Tuesday.


The FHS Volleyball team hosted their first home game Tuesday against the Pisgah Bears.

The Lady Panthers were hoping to get back in the win column after losing to the undefeated Brevard Blue Devils last Thursday.

Though they were able to keep it close, the Panthers lost the game, 3- 0 (25-22, 25-14, 25-20).


Franklin Soccer routs Murphy ... again

In a rematch of a game played on Aug. 19, which the Panthers won 9-0, the Panthers doubled their pleasure and defeated the Bulldogs, 9-0, in a game played on Aug. 28. The game was called in the 59th minute because of the mercy rule. Angel Chavez got the Panthers on the board in the sixth minute when he found the back of the net that was set up by a pass from Jose Lopez. Eighteen minutes later, Lopez scored on a nice set up from Gustavo Velasco. Kendrick Manning scored on a penalty kick and Uriel Rivera scored with two minutes left in the first half. The Panthers led 4-0 at halftime. In a five-minute span in the second half, the Panthers scored five times to end the game. Riggy Hernandez scored twice, Jesus Zalapa scored twice, and Jeremy Jordan scored. Chris Richards, Omar Arellano, Jordan, and Walter Perez all recorded assists.


The MCSC U12 Storm soccer team opened its Classic League fall season by defeating its first two opponents. The Storm earned the first two victories with speed and teamwork on the offensive attack, combined with swift defensive pressure at the back - a formula that makes them a top ranked team in the Western division.

The Storm treated their fans to a 2-1 win against the talented GCCSA Cobras in the home opener on Aug. 18. The Shelby squad started strong, matching the Storm in speed and intensity, and both teams found offensive combinations to enable shots on goal. The Storm scored first midway through the first half, when Juan Gomez found a seam in the Cobra defense and pushed forward to flick the ball into the corner of the net. Near the end of the half, Tito Diaz added a second point with a double strike on a ball mishandled by the Cobra goalie.


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