Franklin now owns a Texas high school football championship. Thursday night at AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys, the Lions beat Gunter 49-35 for the Texas 3A Division II state title, the first-ever for the school.
Offensive MVP Malcom Murphy had a huge game, rushing for 280 yards with four touchdowns and two interceptions on defense.
Malcolm Murphy (Franklin) earned Championship Game Offensive MVP with 280 rushing yards (second-most ever in a Conf 3A State Championship game) and 4 rush TDs.— Texas UIL (@uiltexas) December 17, 2021
Colby Smith (Franklin) earned Championship Game Defensive MVP with 7 tackles and 1 INT.#UILState pic.twitter.com/c3pK7k6rAA
Welcome to the Malcolm Murphy Show— Bally Sports Southwest (@BallySportsSW) December 17, 2021
280 yards – 4 Touchdowns – 2 Interceptions
We all witnessed something special tonight@Franklin_Lion | @JackBox | @uiltexas | #UILState | #UILonBally pic.twitter.com/Ar0UOo4kbQ
Well deserved, Malcom Murphy, well deserved.— Bally Sports Southwest (@BallySportsSW) December 17, 2021
"Big time players make big time plays, I'm a big time player" 💯@uiltexas | #UILState | #UILonBally | @KatieEngleson | @MalcolmMurphy20 pic.twitter.com/5srmYANCTZ
It was the second straight year that Franklin played for a state title.
The Lions finish a perfect 16-0. Gunter suffers its first loss to finish 15-1 in 2021.
A play for the record books.— Bally Sports Southwest (@BallySportsSW) December 17, 2021
Franklin tops 527 yards of total offense…ALL OF IT ON THE GROUND…setting a new 3A State Championship game record.@franklin_lion @JackBox | @uiltexas | #UILState | #UILonBally pic.twitter.com/AklbStTe9g