FRANKLIN, TX -- The Franklin Lions have arguably the best 1-2 punch in the state in the backfield in tailback Darius Floyd and fullback Chris Morrow. The two combined for 4,099 yards rushing a year ago and had some huge games, including a 433 yard, 7 touchdown effort from Morrow against Whitney.
The tandem ran through holes opened up by a very good offensive line a year ago, but, unfortunately, no starters return in 2012. The line and quarterback position are question marks heading into the season. If they develop, the Lion offense could be outstanding once again this season.
The Franklin defense should be solid as seven starters return, six that earned all-district honors a year ago. Hayden Luhn leads a group of three returning linebackers, three second team all-district performers are back on the line, and Eric Hawkins will be the rock the Lions lean on in the secondary.
UIL Realignment moves the Lions from 2A Division II up a level to 2A Division I and to a district set deeper in east Texas, but the competition may not be as tough. Franklin should battle Crockett for the district crown, as no other team in 11-2A Division I made the playoffs last season.
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