The opening night of high school football ranks near the top of the best times of the year in the sports world, and there were certainly some special moments tonight that illustrated why this is such a great time of year.
At Andress, where Franklin dispatched the Eagles 36-0, there was plenty of excitement — on the Cougar's side, anyway.
Quarterback Billy Hayes racked up 132 yards on the ground out of coach Daren Walker's spread offense, and running back Vince Gomez piled on another 100, including three touchdowns.
But it was the Franklin defense that was the real story of the night. The Cougar front seven dismantled the Eagles at every turn. Andress running back Cliff Black and quarterback Jamar Johnson did a lot of running, but they were moving east and west instead of north and south. The dynamic runners showed that they had plenty of talent, but that Franklin D was just too much.
Of the 40 runs that Andress attempted in the game, 21 of those carries went for 3 yards or less. The Cougar defense spent a lot of time in the Andress backfield.
Perhaps the most exciting play of the night was one that didn't even really matter — defensive back Ray Valles picked off a pass by Johnson about three yards into the Cougars' end zone. He then made a few moves and ran the length of the field as time expired. Initially, it was thought that the play didn't count due to a flurry of flags that flew across the field. But apparently, the score counted, making the final 36-0.
Any other wild plays or interesting tidbits that anyone observed on opening night? This would be a good place to weigh in on the best moments from across the city.