ARLINGTON, Texas — One year after losing by one point in the Class 3A Division II state championship game, the Franklin Lions returned, hoping to change AT&T Stadium from a house of horrors to one of hope.
This time, they succeeded.
The Lions got out to a hot start, scoring on their second offensive play from scrimmage to take a 7-0 lead.
From there, the Lions traded blows with Gunter for the remainder of the half, eventually heading into the break with a 21-20 lead.
In the second half, Franklin would take that slim lead and hold onto it, eventually winning by a score of 49-35.
The win gives the Lions their first state title in program history.