Mustangs, Bulldogs to play for title

Published 11:06 am Friday, November 4, 2011

FRANKLIN—The Franklin Mustangs defeated the Boykins Bulldogs 7-6 Wednesday at Armory Field to advance to the league championship game.

Franklin will host the Holland Razorbacks at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9, at Armory Field. Holland defeated the Courtland Indians to get in the title game.

“We’ll suit up and come try to give them a game,” said Mustang Coach Rob Carter. “They are the defending champions, and to be the best, you must beat the best.”

The Mustangs and Bulldogs were tied 0-0 at the half. During Franklin’s first possession of the second half, quarterback Raquan Parker broke loose for a 40-yard gain to the Bulldog two-yard line. Parker scored from there and added the extra point, giving the Mustangs a 7-0 lead.

The Bulldogs ran back the kickoff for a touchdown, but didn’t make the extra point.

The Boykins offense late in the fourth quarter made it to first-and-goal on the Mustang eight-yard line, but the Franklin defense stiffened and sacked the Bulldog quarterback four times. Franklin took over the ball and ran out the clock.

“I’m very proud of this team,” Carter said. “They beat a good team tonight. We fought hard, we played a complete game, we are where we want to be, competing for the championship. My hat’s off the Coach Hill and his team; they are very physical and are a very well coached.”

Carter praised his defense who came up big late into the game.

“We bent, but we didn’t break,” he said. “Fredquan Lassiter and Denard Williams could not be stopped on the last Boykins drive inside of our 10-yard line.”

Prior to the championship game, a B-Team Jamboree will begin at 6. Five of the league’s B-teams will compete against each other.