Photo by Michael Montez
When Franklin scored on their first play from scrimmage on a 75 yard pass play from quarterback Danny Walther to receiver Gabe Stonewall it looked like simply a good start. What that play turned out to really be was the start of a historic victory as the Cougars won their Bi-District match up over the Midland Bulldogs at Franklin High School’s Cougar Stadium.
Both teams scored at will in the first half and finished the half with a score of 56-49. Of the 17 first half possessions there was only one defensive stop by Franklin and the Cougars were only stopped when the clock expired to end the half. There was not one punt the entire night by either squad.
The scoring did slow down in the second half with Franklin finding the end zone on three occasions and Midland getting a only one second half score. The final score was 77-56 and it marked the highest scoring playoff game ever involving an El Paso team. Although giving up 56 points is not ideal some credit has to be given to the Cougar defense for coming out and playing a much better second half.
With the win the Cougars advance to the Area round of the UIL Texas High School Playoffs where they will play the Euliss Trinity Trojans on Friday at Midland’s Grande Communication Stadium. The Cougars will go into that game with a nine game winning streak.
Walther finished the night 13/14 passing for 291 yards and five touchdowns, he also rushed for 94 yards and 2 touchdowns and was chosen as our Casa Nissan player of the game.
Michael Montez Reporting