When Franklin and Coronado take the field Saturday morning at the Sun Bowl Stadium, it will be a key game for both teams. Franklin looks to keep its perfect mark in District 1-6A, while Coronado looks to take another step forward in securing a playoff spot.
Franklin has been steady all season long and has found ways to win close games against top teams such as Americas, Canutillo and Midland High. The high-powered Cougars have a sound offense led by QB Baylor Romney, RB Nick Bingham and WR's Aaron Smith and Gustavo Dorsett. In his first full season as a starter at QB, Romney has shown a great deal of improvement in his throwing and in running the ball. If the Cougars can stay healthy, they should have a good chance of doing well in the playoffs this year.
Coronado has managed to keep afloat despite a ton of injuries to key offensive players. If the Thunderbirds can hold on and get a little healthier as the season winds down, they should be able to make the playoffs.
As far s this weekend's game goes. I have to go with Franklin. The Cougars are really doing a good job on offense and they are simply healthier at this point in the season. With that being said, don't discount Coronado. The Thunderbirds still have playmakers such as QB Cristian Monzon and WR Brannon Bogan and a defense that is capable of making big plays. Bogan has had a really good season for the T-Birds and he's shown he can do it consistently on a week by week basis.
Franklin and Coronado have had some good battles in recent years and Saturday's game should be interesting on many levels on Saturday. Kickoff is at 10 a.m.