Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

September 18, 2012

Franklin, Haywood receive weekly accolades for Indians

Jay Neal
Jacksonville Daily Progress

JACKSONVILLE — Statistically speaking, Dadrian Franklin and Bryson Haywood's performances in Jacksonville's 34-33 loss to Gilmer last Friday night were second to none and eye popping enough to draw attention from even the most demanding football connoisseurs.

But the sum of their respective warrior-like actions can't be measured in numbers alone.

“D.D. Franklin played quarterback and corner back for the whole game.” Jacksonville head coach Chris Taber said. “He had to because of the number of players that we had out with injuries (five Jacksonville starters missed the game due to injury), we really had no other choice.

“Franklin is a special kid and he gives us a lot of opportunities to do many different things when he is back there.”

Franklin went 9-of-18 through the air for 146 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran for a score and returned an interception for six points.

Rushing, Franklin led the Tribe with 20 carries for 152 yards (7.6 yards per carry).

He also made four tackles on the defensive side to top things off.

For his efforts, Franklin has been named as the Tribe's Offensive Player of the Week.

Friday's game was the first time that Franklin had started a game under center at the varsity level.

Defensive Player of the Week went to Haywood, a senior defensive back/running back.

Haywood, who has led the Indians in tackles in each of the past-two seasons, made 13 stops, a quarterback sack and three pressures against the Buckeyes.

But, that's not all he did.

Haywood also saw double duty and responded by carrying three times for 48 yards and a touchdown while catching a 20-yard scoring strike from Franklin.

In regard to the Gilmer game, Taber said Monday that, “our kids played their butts off; we just ran out of gas in the end when our injuries caught up with us.”

Short and sweet, the same can be said of Franklin and Haywood — they played their behinds off; from the opening kick off until the final horn sounded.