By Alvin Richardson
Historically speaking the Franklin County Lions have been a thorn in Morgan County’s side – a statement only a handful of teams can make. Franklin leads the all-time series 5-7-1 going back to 1970 when the teams’ first met. The Lions also hold a 4-3 edge dating back to 2006 including a four game winning streak against Morgan between 2006 and 2009. Even though the Lions have a historical edge, Morgan County has restored order to the series by winning the past three contests. They defeated Franklin 50-21 in 2012, 49-18 in 2013 and last season Morgan handled the Lions 38-13.
Even though Franklin County is going through a difficult season (currently 1-2 in region play and 2-6 overall) it is a game not to be taken lightly by the Bulldogs. Two reasons are obvious. One is Franklin’s historical edge and the other is that, with a win Morgan County can clinch their second consecutive Region 8AAA title.
The Lions are led by Jerry Underwood in his fifth season at the school. Franklin is 17-34 (.333) during that stretch with three state playoff appearances. His 2017 team has won games against Habersham Central (45-44) and East Jackson (38-6) and have lost to White County (33-0), Stephens County (28-0), Elbert County (35-14), Madison County (49-21) and Hart County (41-14).
Statistically Franklin County is scoring 19.3 points per game and surrendering 33.1 points per outing. Morgan’s offense is scoring 34.9 points per game and giving up an average of 15.8 per game.
Friday’s game will be played at Bill Corry Stadium. Game time is 7:30.