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Backup QB leads Franklin to win after starter injured | USA Today High School Sports



FRANKLIN — Backup Kyle Evans replaced injured starter Lannom Craddock and threw three touchdown passes and ran for another to lead Franklin to a 27-6 victory over Region 3-6A foe Mt. Juliet on Friday.

Craddock went down with a knee injury and left the game after just five carries.

“It’s too early to tell,” said Franklin coach Donnie Webb, who didn’t want to speculate that it was an anterior cruciate ligament injury, but added, “It doesn’t look good. We’re just going to pray for him and hope for the best.

“Kyle is a tough kid and a great kid. He made some great decisions tonight.”

Craddock, who rushed for more than 200 yards in a win over Wilson Central two weeks ago, is a senior.

Mt. Juliet got out to the early lead with a 38-yard field goal by Jacob Bailey in the first quarter.

Franklin turned the game around in the next quarter.

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Evans, on a fourth-and-6 play from Mt. Juliet’s 26, tossed a pass into a crowd of players from both teams, with Alex Gaca coming down with the pass for the touchdown to give the Rebels (6-3, 4-2) a 7-3 advantage.

With Mt. Juliet (5-4, 4-2) driving just before halftime, Franklin’s Conner Palk picked off a pass from Mt. Juliet quarterback Joey Hayes and returned it to the Mt. Juliet 17.

Evans then hit Mitch Rossi on a 9-yard touchdown strike to give the Rebels a 14-6 cushion at the break.

“Franklin is a football team trending upward,” said Mt. Juliet coach Trey Perry. “We are a young football team. We will learn from these games.”

Evans completed a 3-yard touchdown pass to Isaiah Roberts and finished the game 10-of-10 for 136 yards.

He also added a 47-yard touchdown run in the third quarter that helped Franklin pull away and finish with 163 yards rushing.

“The biggest thing that sparked us was (Craddock) and right tackle Max Ray going down,” Evans said. “It sparked something in us to fight and play hard for them.”

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