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.