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The Franklin Panthers' varsity football team is heading to the third round of the 2A state playoffs next week. To make sure of it though, they had to get through a tough West Stokes Wildcats team on Friday night at the Panther Pit.

The Wildcats entered the contest with an 8-4 record, a record that looked quite a bit better than what the teams in the WNCAC had. It looked to be a close game according to pundits and they appeared to be right in the opening quarter. Neither team was able to get an offensive game going and it looked as though it could very well be decided by the defenses and in a way it was.

Franklin's Jeremiah Young forced a turnover about halfway through the first quarter to give the Panthers a short field to their end-zone. Capitalizing on the fumble, Franklin scored the first touchdown of the game.


Franklin High School Booster Club presented the Panther Award to Paul Garner and the rest of the staff at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts before the football game last Friday night.

Rhonda Blanton, on behalf of the Booster Club said that the award was to thank Garner and the SMCPA for their generosity towards all of the veterans who participated in Veteran's Night at the Panther Pit.

Garner, who was the director of the performing arts center donated a ticket to the weekend show for each veteran.



HOMESTEAD, Fla. – Kevin Harvick walked into his post-race press conference munching a slice of pepperoni pizza. He ended it with 2-year-old son Keelan on his lap and walked out of the room with a bottle of his sponsor’s beer in his hand.

All pretty normal stuff.

But the 2014 season, to which Harvick applied his exclamation mark last Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway, was anything but. It was special and quite remarkable for the team, its owners and its driver.

Moreover it was about the combined family that Stewart-Haas Racing had become in the last year, bringing in new faces like Harvick and Kurt Busch and talented behind-the-scenes people like eager-to-achieve crew chief Rodney Childers.


The FHS varsity football team destroyed a stigma that has been hanging around for the last two years when they took on the Wilkes Central Eagles at the Panther Pit last Friday night.

The Panthers haven't made it out of the first round since 2011, but against the Eagles they improved their unbeaten streak to 12-0 on the season.

In the opening quarter, it looked as though the 4-8 visitors might be able to hang with Franklin when they were able to stop them a couple of times at the start of the game. That didn't last.



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