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Franklin carries SOC to win, share of district title
Running back scores four times during homecoming victory
When Paul Franklin touches the ball, especially in district play, chances are good he’ll cross the goal line.
Behind his 17 carries for 239 yards, South Oak Cliff defeated Seagoville 49-35, clinching at least a share of the District 11-4A title.
“We had homecoming this week, a televised pep rally,” coach Kendall Miller said. “In years past, I would have been scared about that, but we don’t let distractions get to us. That shows the character of our kids.”
Seagoville and South Oak Cliff are primarily running teams. Whereas Seagoville chipped away with a stable of backs including Kailion Hughey, Dontrail Russell and Tyler Hatton, South Oak Cliff had Franklin break away.
Franklin ran for gains of 18 and 32 yards in the first half. He caught a screen for a 25-yard touchdown and had two rushing touchdowns. Late in the fourth, he had a 67-yard touchdown run.
Defensively, South Oak Cliff forced four turnovers. Richard Franklin had a fumble recovery and an interception.
It could have been worse for Seagoville, though. Two weeks ago, against Adamson, Paul Franklin scored on each of his carries. He finished that game with five carries for 200 yards and five touchdowns.
Seagoville forced him to mix it up a little on Friday night, but not enough. South Oak Cliff got its district title, and Franklin helped the Bears earn it, just as he has all season.
“Every time I get past the first level of defenders,” he said, “I believe I can score every time.”