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Franklin Prevails Against Americas In A Memorable Game

Franklin warming up prior to the start of their game against Americas. (photo by Brandon Cohn)

The Franklin Cougars knew that in order to have any chance at winning District 1-5A that they had to defeat Americas.  The Cougars played a superior game as they pulled away in the final 6 minutes to defeat Americas 56-42.

The game was a back and forth seesaw battle that included non stop scoring by both teams.  By the end of the first quarter Americas led 14-7.  The Trailblazers scored two rushing TD’s in the first quarter, including a 51 yard run by Isak Washington.  By halftime the game was tied at 21-21.

Franklin quarterback Cameron Candelaria already had two touchdown passes and a 22 yard touchdown reception.  Americas’ Isak Washington had 99 rushing yards and 2 TD’s at the half.   Americas came out in the 3rd quarter and scored on their first possession as running back Andrew Ramirez found the endzone on a 1 yard TD run.

A large crowd came out to support Franklin in their 56-42 win over Americas. (photo by Brandon Cohn)

The score gave Americas a 28-21 lead, but it didn’t last long as Franklin running back Nickolas Bingham rushed for a 7 yard touchdown on the Cougars ensuing possession.  Franklin missed the extra point, hence Americas led 28-27.  The remainder of the game both teams traded scores, Franklin’s defense stepped up and caused 3 turnovers.

The Cougars went on to win the game with a tremendous offensive performance as they scored 3 touchdowns in the final 6:58 of the contest.  With the victory the Cougars improved to 4-3, 3-1 in District 1-5A.  Quarterback Cameron Candelaria had a stellar performance going 17 for 26 with 306 yards with 3 passing TD’s, 1 rushing, and a touchdown reception.

With the loss Americas is now 4-3, 2-2 in District 1-5A which now has a 5 way tie for first place.  Wide receive/running back Isak Washington had 208 yards rushing, scored 3 TD’s, and now has over 1,400 all purpose yards for the season.  Next week the Trailblazers will face Eastwood, while Franklin pays Montwood a visit.  These last few weeks of high school football should be quite exciting to say the least!


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