For the second year in a row both Franklin and College Station represented the Brazos Valley at the UIL State Championships. The Lions won back-to-back state titles while the Cougars came up short to Aledo.
The Franklin Lions (15-0) are an ‘old school’ ground pound football team that uncharacteristically threw three touchdown passes in a 41-13 win over Edna Thursday night in the Class 3A Division I State Semifinals at Legacy Stadium.
Both Franklin (Class 3A Division II) and College Station (Class 5A Division I) represented the Brazos Valley at the UIL State Championships at AT&T Stadium. Franklin won their first state title in school history with a 49-35 win over Gunter, and College Station lost a heart-breaker in overtime to Katy Paetow.
Malcolm Murphy rushed for 4 touchdowns and 280 yards on offense and had 2 interceptions on defense as the top-ranked Franklin Lions (16-0) beat 2nd ranked Gunter (15-1) 49-35 to claim its first state football championship at AT&T Stadium Thursday night.
It is 164 miles from Franklin’s field house to AT&T Stadium in Arlington. For the second straight season the Lions will make the 164 miles trip to play in the Class 3A Division 2 State Championship game.