Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

September 24, 2013

Tribe receiving duo of Cleaver, Franklin selected as team's Players of the Week

Jay Neal
Jacksonville Daily Progress

JACKSONVILLE —

Jacksonville High School athletic director and head football coach Chris Taber named a pair of his club's receivers as the Indians' Players of the Week for the Henderson game.

Both are in their first seasons of varsity action, although one is a sophomore and the other a senior.

Tenth-grader Cash Cleaver, who led Jacksonville in pass catches in the 40-20 loss to the Lions, had eight catches for 80 yards, while senior Claude Franklin reeled in three balls for 90 yards, according to Taber.

Included in Franklin's effort was an 85-yard touchdown catch and run from quarterback Carter McCown that accounted for the second of the Tribe's three scores on the rainy night.

Cleaver and Franklin are two of the school's busier student athletes.

Cleaver also plays on Jacksonville basketball, baseball, track and field as well as golf teams, while Franklin is considered as one of the Indian basketball teams' leading returnees for 2013-14.

Cleaver and Franklin complement each other well on the gridiron. Cleaver is a slot receiver and, along with Trent Sansom, is considered the Tribe's top short-yardage specialists.

Franklin, a wide receiver, is the chief long distance threat for the Tribe.

Jacksonville (0-4) closes out the non-district portion of its schedule on Friday by playing at Marshall, who is also 0-4. Kick off at Maverick Stadium is slated for 7:30 p.m.