Franklin uses comeback to top Brentwood 24-21
By Austin Stanley, for the Williamson Herald
Two scores in the final four minutes decided a long running rivalry, as Franklin (6-0, 2-0 District 11-AAA) stopped Brentwood (2-5, 1-2 District 11-AAA) 24-21 in another classic between the Williamson County schools.
The Bruins scored a go-ahead touchdown with 3:47 left in the game when Aaron Maher hit Andy Schumpert on a 14 yard slant to take the lead 21-17, but the Rebels’ offense took no time getting its game winning drive going. On the first play quarterback Joe Critchlow found tight end Ben Hagaman for a 57 yard gain; two plays later Colton Black punched in a 2 yard score to finish the scoring.
“It’s such a great football game and a great tradition,” Franklin coach Donnie Webb said. “These kids all know each other. You look around and they’re wanting to talk to each other. A really clean game. I’m so proud of our kids, they never quit. Brentwood never quit, we never quit. We said it was going to be a one possession game and that’s what it came down to.”
Hagaman knows this Bruin squad as well as anyone. The senior attended Brentwood his freshman and sophomore year before transferring to Franklin. He finished with 3 catches for 83 yards.
“The offensive line protected well and Joe (Critchlow) threw it,” Webb said of Hagaman’s 57 yard catch. “A good call by coach (Dan) Winfree. It was a great call and a big play, huge play. And then coming up big at the end defensively is awesome. Great, great team win.”
Brentwood’s final drive ended on an interception the play after Maher converted a 4th and 22.
With four games left, Franklin knows what they have to do to keep winning as the district schedule thickens.
“These kids will continue to work, we did tonight,” Webb said. “We moved the ball well and they did too. It was two teams in a, lack of a better word, in a fight taking punches at each other. I hate to use that, but it’s true. Just proud of our kids to come through.”
The Rebels ran for 205 yards on the night lead by Black with 102 yards on 13 carries. Being efficient in the run game is something this team lacked last season.
“Twelve months ago we couldn’t run the football,” Webb said. “We really have tried to make it a point that you’ve got to run the football in high school football to win. And then what happens? Play action. We feel like we do have a quarterback and receivers that can make play action go.”
The play action worked on Franklin’s first play on offense after blocking Brentwood’s punt on the opening drive. Critchlow hit Tony Flemister down the right side for a 30 yard touchdown.
“We felt like we had a play and once again the offensive coaches did a great job and we felt like we could get that play. Then we scored so fast we gave it right back to them. They’ve got some really good offensive players.”
Franklin travels to Summit next week, while Brentwood gets the week off.
Posted on: 10/5/2013