Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

October 28, 2013

Versatile Franklin nabs Player of the Week accolades

Jay Neal
Jacksonville Daily Progress



Jacksonville's Claude Franklin, the latest Daily Progress Player of the Week, did a little bit of everything in the Tribe's 43-30 loss to John Tyler Friday night at Tomato Bowl.

The long and lanky wideout caught two touchdown passes and returned a kick off for a 58-yard touchdown, proving his value to the Indian team.

The senior's first scoring shag came with 4:06 to play in the first quarter and covered 23 yards.

The scored enable Jacksonville to pull even with the Lions at that juncture.

With just over eight minutes to play in the third stanza, Franklin latched on to a 19 pass that he proceeded to cash in for six points.

For the night Franklin had six catches for 105 yards.


Honorable Mention

Zac Sturns, QB, Alto — Sturns piloted the Yellowjackets to a 57-20 blowout of Grapeland in a District 10-A-I tilt on Friday. He went 9-14-0 for 215 yards through the air and tossed three touchdown passes.

Carter McCown,QB, Jacksonville — The junior field general accounted for three touchdown passes and went 23-43-2 on the night. McCown threw for 264 yards and rushed for 69 yards on 10 carries.

Datavian Thacker, WR, Jacksonville — Thacker just missed recording a 100-yard game in the pass catching department. He finished up with five grabs for 91 yards. One of his catches was a 30-yard touchdown pass.

Austin Skelton, RB/LB, Bullard — Skelton led the Panthers in rushing (10-73, 1 TD) and had six solo tackles on the defensive side during Bullard's 34-10 District 16-3A loss to Henderson.


Previous Winners

Zero Week: Seth Brasher, WR, Brook Hill

Week 1: Carter McCown, QB, Jacksonville

Week 2: DJ Glenn, RB, Rusk

Week 3: Marcus Kincade, RB, Troup; Blake Maddox, LB, Brook Hill

Week 4: Jacolby Whitaker, RB, Alto

Week 5: Gabe Lucio, RB, Brook Hill

Week 6: Connor Mebane, QB, Bullard

Week 7: Blake Lynch, QB, Troup