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)
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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