The North Carolina 2A state playoffs kicked off last Friday night with the Franklin Panthers hosting the Parkwood Rebels who travelled four hours through heavy rains to get to the Panther Pit. Seeded number one, the Panthers entered the contest hoping to move past the 16th seed Rebels with ease, but Parkwood had other things in mind.
The evening began in darkness when a transformer blew, leaving the stadium with a strange air about it. Any odd feelings were put to rest however when the undefeated Panthers came out and put up a Jeremiah Young touchdown in the early part of the first quarter and were able to keep the Rebels scoreless. In the second, on a pass from quarterback Luke Keener, Zach Graham ran for a 20-yard touchdown to put Franklin up, 14-0.