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Franklin High School's Football, Volleyball, Tennis and Golf teams in action this week!

Photos by Travis TallentFootball

The Franklin High School varsity football team took on the Swain County Maroon Devils at the Panther Pit last Friday night.

FHS hasn't taken a win off Swain since 2011 when they were able to win at home. In fact, that was the last time Swain lost, making their winning streak 21 games coming into Franklin Friday night.

Franklin came into the game undefeated on the season as well and quickly showed that the streak was of little concern, shooting ahead 14-0 in the second quarter.

The offense was solid behind leading rusher Jeremiah Young who scored two touchdowns and receiver Chance Gibbs who caught two long yardage passes from quarterback Luke Keener to put up the first two touchdowns of the game. Zane Fox was also able to break away from defenders to put six more on the scoreboard.

Effective offense coupled with solid defense allowed the Panthers to take a commanding lead and hold on to it as time expired for a final score of 35-14.

The Panthers will look to stay undefeated this week when they host the 0-4 Enka Jets at home.


The FHS volleyball team travelled to East Henderson High School last Thursday to take on the Eagles in a conference game. The game ended in the Lady Panther's favor, with match scores of 25-13, 25-23, 25-15. Leading Franklin were Mariah Wallace with 17 kills, 3 blocks; Alex Clark, 8 kills; Kellie Trammel, 5 kills; Hannah Hylton, 10 assists; Kailin Carpenter, 9 assists; and Morgan Maslin, 10 assists.

Tuesday night, the Panthers hosted the West Henderson Falcons at the Panther Den for another conference game. The Falcons entered the game with a 12-1 record and had avenged their only loss the night before. The Lady Panthers held the lead at several moments in the first match, but ultimately lost that one, 25-22, which would be the closest contest of the evening. The Falcons won the next two matches by larger margins eventually taking home the win.

Today the Panthers will travel to Tuscola to take on the Mountaineers. Their next home game is next Thursday against Brevard.


The FHS tennis team hosted the West Henderson Falcons last Wednesday.

The results are as follows;

Lost 6-3

SINGLES: 1. Anni Neiss (F) d. Savannah Smith 6-2, 6-1; 2. Ashley Hull (F) d. Natalie Ciaramitaro 5-7, 6-2, 10-8; 3. M. Vaughn d. Lexi Kloeppel 7-5, 6-1; 4. Makaliah Anderson (F) d. Carolian Herrera 7-6 (7-3), 6-7 (4-7), 10-5; 5. Anna Yarbrough (WH) d. Ivonne Rios 6-2, 6-4; 6. Kendall Gilliam (WH) d. Shannon Esterwood 6-1, 6-2.

DOUBLES: 1. Smith /Herrera (WH) d. Neiss/Anderson 8-1; 2. Ciaramitaro/Vaughn (WH) d. Hull/Kloeppel 8-2; 3. Yarbrough/Gilliam (WH) d. Rios/Esterwood 8-0. Records: WH 8-3, 5-1.

The team played Brevard yesterday at home and they play Rabun Gap today.


The FHS varsity soccer team was riding high coming into Monday's contest against the Smoky Mountain Mustangs. The Panthers were unbeaten in all of their previous games, in fact shutting out most opponents. The tide was set to change in the game between the two rivals however.

Smoky Mountains struck first, scoring a goal at the 20 minute mark. Riggy Hernandez tied the score at 1 when he found the back of the net in the 36th minute.

The two teams were evenly matched until the outburst by the Mustangs with 14 minutes left in the game.

The Mustangs scored five more consecutive goals and eventually sealed the win at a score of 6-1.

The Panthers are now 6-1 overall and 2-1 in conference play.

Franklin looked to bounce back from the loss yesterday when they played the West Henderson Falcons at home.

They hosted North Henderson yesterday where they looked to bounce back from Monday's loss. They will travel to East Henderson this Monday for another conference game.


On Monday, the ladies golf team travelled to Lake Junaluska for a match against Brevard, West Henderson, East Henderson, Smoky Mountain, North Henderson and Pisgah.

Franklin ended the contest in fourth place in the conference match, but finished first against the other 2A schools.

Erin Campbell – 46

Ali Stahl – 54

Samantha Barrett – 56

Lili Vitale – 62

Stahl and Barrett finished with their best scores of the year so far.


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