The Franklin-Simpson Wildcats’ football team opened their season with a 14-12 loss to the Russellville Panthers in the Linton-Wren Kickoff Classic last Friday night at Rhea Stadium.

With the win by Russellville, it snapped their six game losing streak to Franklin-Simpson.

The Wildcats committed three turnovers for the game with their first turnover being a fumble that was returned for a touchdown by senior Chevis Elliott for a 7-0 lead in the 1st Quarter.

The Wildcats responded with a pair of consecutive touchdown drives as junior Luke Richardson’s 1-yard touchdown run in the 1st Quarter made the score 7-6 as the extra point was missed. In the 2nd Quarter, junior Omar Harrison gave Franklin-Simpson the lead 12-7 as they did not convert on their 2-point conversion.

The Panthers answered on their ensuing possession. Two plates after a 39-yard pass from junior Lennon Ries to senior Jackson Ham[pton, senior Jaquis Todd ran a double reverse 33 yards for the go ahead touchdown for the final score 14-12 as neither team could generate points in the 2nd Half.

““I told the guys at the end of tonight’s game that you have to remember what this feels like,” Wildcats head coach Max Chaney said. “You have to hate this feeling more than anything else. That’s what it is. When you hate this so much, it is going to change your whole outset at practice and that is what you are looking for. I still love my guys and at times, there were some bright spots but we are very inexperienced right now.”

The Panthers out-gained the Wildcats 211-178 in total yards of offense. Junior Jovari Gamble ran for a game high of 92 yards on nine carries. Senior Malik Carter led the Wildcats with 15 carries for 66 yards.

The Wildcats will host the Allen County-Scottsville Patriots in their season home opening district match of the season. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. and 1220 WFKN Franklin radio will broadcast the game starting at 6:30 p.m. and on the internet by going to www.franklinfavorite.com and click on the WFKN link in the blue toolbar. Then click on the WFKN sports tab and press the play button.

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