Photo by Sergio Robali
It was a “Tale of Two Cities” when the Franklin Cougars met up with the Socorro Bulldogs at the SISD Student Activities Center (as known as the SAC). Franklin came in with a high-powered offense led by quarterback Danny Walther, while Socorro came in with a ball-control triple option attack and the longest losing streak in Texas.
The Bulldogs would actually open up the scoring with a 38-yard run by Sergio Stephenson to give them the early 7-0 lead. Franklin would take just five plays and one minute to tie it when Walther found Gabriel Stonewall for a 28-yard score. After forcing a Socorro fumble, Walther would find James McClain-Green for an 18-yard score to go up 14-7. Damien Williams would surprise the Cougars defense with a 75-yard touchdown pass to Stephenson to make it 14-13 after the missed extra point attempt. Walther would run 35 yards for another score to put Franklin up 21-13 before finishing the first quarter scoring with a 14-yard pass from Walther to Stonewall to make it 28-13.
Franklin would continue scoring when Walther would again find Stonewall from 20 yards out to make it 35-13. Socorro would answer with Williams connecting with Zachary Martinez from 18 yards out to make it 35-19 after their extra point attempt was blocked. The Cougars would put the game away with a seven yard run by Jeremy Zuniga and runs of 18 and eight yards by Michael Mendoza to make it 56-19 at halftime.
The Cougars would bring in their backups for the second and score on runs of 12 yards and 17 yards by backup quarterback Devyn Clark that sandwiched a Bulldog on six yard run by Stephenson to make it 70-26 at the end of the third quarter. Socorro’s Sebastian De La Torre would finish the scoring on an 11-yard score for the final margin of 70-33.
While Walther would finish 7 of 11 passing for 131 yards, four passing touchdowns, and a 35-yard rushing score, our Casa Nissan Player of the game was Mendoza who finish with 191 rushing yards on only 13 carries and two scores in only two quarters.
Socorro finishes its season 0-10 overall, 0-5 in 1-6A play; while Franklin ends their regular season 8-2 overall, 5-0 in 1-6A play and the District Championship. The Cougars will host the winner of Odessa-Midland next week in Bi-District play.
Sergio Robali Reporting