Young Panthers hope winning tradition carries them

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Last year the Panthers finished 6-6 and did it with a failry veteran team. This year they are young & ready to make their mark. (Photo credit: WLOS Staff)

The Franklin Panthers have had a great run in the last two 13 years under Josh Brooks.

He has gone 122-47 with 6 conference titles. Last year the Panthers finished 6-6 and did it with a fairly veteran team.

This year, they are young.

Franklin has only eight seniors on their squad, and only four returning starters.

They lose 1900-yard passer Blake Gibson, leading rusher Isaac Dewey and the top two receivers. Coach Brooks says he knows his club will be gridiron kids, but likes what he sees.

Brooks says the school's winning culture is helping in the transition.

He knows they are used to winning and it "creates an attitude that expectations haven't been dropped, and we still have to do things they way we've done them here at Franklin, for two decades."

The Panthers open their season at Franklin on August 23.