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The FHS varsity soccer team continues to dominate opponents. Last Thursday the team shut out Erwin with a score of 5-0 – the team's third shutout.

Monday the team travelled to Brevard to take on the Blue Devils in their first conference shodown. According to coach Ken Neitz, 10 minutes were left in the first half when Kevin Sanchez scored the Panthers' first goal giving the team a 1-0 half-time lead.  The Panthers used solid defense to hold off the Blue Devils for the first 21 minutes of the second half.  Then in a three minute span, the Panthers made the score 4-0.  Angel Chavez scored in the 69th minute and Lopez scored two goals in 43 seconds.  In the last 6 minutes, Brevard scored twice to make the final score, 4-2.  The Panthers are now 5-0 overall and 1-0 in the Western North Carolina Athletic Conference.

The Panthers hosted the Pisgah Bears at home yesterday (Wednesday) and will look to take on the the Smoky Mountain Mustangs on their home field Monday at 7 p.m.

The Lady Panthers took on the Swain County Maroon Devils Monday night in a non-conference showdown at the Panther Den. After holding an early lead, moving ahead 2-0, the Maroon Devils were able to bounce back with two wins to match the Panthers. Going into the fifth match, it was a back and forth affair, but Swain finally pulled it out winning the final match 15-10 and the game, 3-2.

Tuesday night, the Lady Panthers hosted the North Henderson Knights in a conference game, again at the Panther Den. The student body turned out in high numbers to cheer the team on after suffering a close loss Monday night. Franklin wouldn't fare any better in this game however. They were able to take early leads in the first two matches, but couldn't hold on, eventually being overtaken by the Knights in each of the three matches, losing 3-0.

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.

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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.

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