Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

October 23, 2012

JHS football: Johnson, Franklin recognized for outstanding play

Jay Neal
Jacksonville Daily Progress

JACKSONVILLE — Two players who had colossal impacts, respectively, in Jacksonville's 42-35 loss to Whitehouse last week, were deservingly named as the Tribe's Players of the Week on Monday.

For the offensive side, Dadrian Franklin was selected as Player of the Week

The lanky speed demon caught 11 passes for 250 yards and three touchdowns last week. Both of those numbers are personal bests for the senior wideout.

Franklin owned the Whitehouse defensive secondary as he accounted for highlight-reel-worth catch-and-runs covering 74 and 72 yards.

Another senior, big No. 54, Javon Johnson spearheaded a solid defensive performance by Jacksonville.

Johnson, had 11 tackles on the evening, made two quarterback sacks, had a couple of tackles for loss, and one hurry and two big stops out of nose tackle slot.

His exploits led Jacksonville head coach Chris Taber to serve up the following statement about Johnson.

“Javon has been one of leaders on defense this year,” Taber said. “He's played pretty consistent role in our defense all year long and a lot of our opponents have had a a lot trouble blocking him and we saw that again Friday night.

“He's a very strong and active defensive player that is getting better from week-to-week.

Jacksonville will need another prime effort form Franklin, Johnson and a host of others when the Fight'n Indians invade TMF Rose Stadium at 7:30 p.m. Friday to take on John Tyler in the Lions' homecoming game.

The Tribe are 3-4, 1-1 in District 16-4A play, while Cujo will carry a 6-1, 2-0 docket into play Friday.

A Jacksonville win would put the Tribe in the center of the battle for the conference title, while a loss would mean the team would have to win at least one of its final two outings to have a chance at post season play.