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RICHMOND, Va. – It was Clint Bowyer who spun with seven laps left in Saturday night’s Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway, but the fortunes of four other drivers turned on a dime with that turn of events.

Yes, Carl Edwards won the race, streaking away after a restart with three laps left and beating Kurt Busch to the finish line by .668 seconds. But Edwards’s second victory of the season, his first at Richmond and the 21st of his career played second fiddle to the radical change of fortune that irrevocably altered the seasons of four of his competitors.

After Bowyer caused the fifth caution with his spin--a conspiracy theorist’s delight--Joey Logano had knocked four-time champion Jeff Gordon out of the top 10 in the standings and out of a berth in the Chase for the Sprint Cup by one point.


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.


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