FRANKLIN — First-year Franklin head coach Alex Melton got to celebrate his first homecoming at FHS with his first win Friday.
The Admirals, who improved to 1-5, got in the win column with a relatively drama-free 28-12 final against McGavock (3-2).
Two rushing scores apiece for Bryce Sparks and Ashton Orton paved the way for Franklin, which jumped out to a 14-0 first-half lead that eventually swelled to 28-6 before a last-second Raiders score.
It was easy to see what the Admirals’ wanted to do against McGavock: run it and stop the run. They did both rather effectively, racking up 226 yards on 42 rushes and holding the Raiders to 34 yards on 21 totes.
Sparks led the way for the Admirals with 120 yards on 23 carries and two scores, while Orton added 12 carries for 55 yards and two more TDs.
Defensively, Franklin was led by Ian Arney, who finished with six tackles, including one for loss. Alec Allen added four tackles, a sack and two tackles for loss.
The Admirals will try to make it two in a row next week when they travel to intercity rival Centennial in a crucial Region 7-6A tilt. Both are 0-2 in region play.
SPRING HILL — It looked for much of the first half like Class 6A No. 4-ranked Summit High Sc…
Franklin 28, McGavock 12
MHS 0 6 0 6 – 12
FHS 7 7 7 7 – 28
1Q 5:19 F – Ashton Orton 0 run (Owen Saltmarsh kick);
2Q 5:59 F – Bryce Sparks 27 run (Saltmarsh kick);
2Q 0:43 M – Travis Dillard 2 run (Run failed);
3Q 3:11 F – Orton 1 run (Saltmarsh kick);
4Q 2:02 F – Sparks 3 run (Saltmarsh kick);
4Q 0:05 M – Demitrius Bell 45 pass from Josh Martin (Pass failed).