Franklin County still looking for first win

Published 12:22 am Thursday, September 7, 2017

Still searching for their first win for the 2017 season, the Franklin County High School Bulldogs (0-3) will travel this week to the Class 1A Lumberton High School Panthers.

Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m. Friday.

The Bulldogs are coming off a 25-0 loss at Class 5A North Pike.

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Even after a close 20-18 loss at Class 2A Heidelberg, Lumberton remains ranked No. 3 in the latest Mississippi Associated Press Prep Poll for Class 1A.

Franklin County head coach Trey Woodard said in order for his team to upset the Panthers, they will have to play better on offense than they have in previous weeks.

“We’re just working on the fundamentals on offense (in practice this week),” Woodard said. “The big thing is we just have to execute and play hard and play well in all three phases.”

Last week, the Bulldogs managed just 97 yards of total offense — all on the ground. Their defense gave up 324 total yards and four passing touchdowns.

Franklin County might not receive any breaks, either.

Woodard said the biggest challenges the Panthers present are their big receivers that stand at 6-5 and 6-3, as well as their entire defense.

“They’re really talented and really good. They’re a well-coached team,” Woodard said.