Mando Medina – Town Talk Sports El Paso
Both Coronado and Franklin had plenty to prove coming into a week eight rivalry matchup Thursday in the Sun Bowl.
And in the end, the Franklin Cougars proved they are a legit contender for a district 1-6A title and have a legit argument to be the #1 team in the city. Franklin has now won five straight after an 0-2 start.
The Cougars used their stellar ground game with two players rushing for more than 100-yards and a stingy defense to shutout Coronado, who has now struggled mightily on offense for two straight weeks.
Franklin scored on their opening drive as Danny Walther found Gabe Stonewall for a 22-yard touchdown pass just four minutes into the game, and the Cougars used that early momentum to roll all night.
The Cougars took advantage of an interception by defensive back Jose Smith on the ensuing defensive drive and went up 14-0 after Chris Kelly scored on a short touchdown run aided by a short field via the turnover.
Franklin took full control at halftime leading 27-0, controlling the tempo, and shutting down the Coronado offense. Franklin put this one away early in the third quarter as a 70-yard touchdown run by James Green-McClain made it 34-0 Cougars.
Franklin improves to 5-2 overall and 2-0 in district and will play Montwood next week. Coronado drops to 4-3 and 0-2 in district and will play Socorro next week.