MART — The Class 3A Division I Franklin Lions leaned on a powerful running game to blank the Class 2A’s top-ranked Mart Panthers 21-0 on Friday night.
The Lions used six running backs and piled up 269 rushing yards, scoring all their points in the first half in handing the Panthers their first shutout loss in three years. Jared Pedraza scored on touchdown runs of 3 and 40 yards, and Clayton Rosprim added a 3-yard touchdown run.
The Lions also tackled Mart running back Tyrek Horne in the end zone for a safety after missing two extra point tries.
The Panthers, 2-1, managed one first down and just 38 yards of total offense in the first half.
Rosprim ended with 19 rushes for 88 yards and Pedraza had 10 carries for 81 yards.
Horne finished with 95 yards rushing in the game. The Panthers netted 90 yards on the ground. Quarterback Kyler Martin was sacked four times, and had to fall on two bad snaps that killed drives. The second bad snap went for a 16-yard loss to the 1 and set up the safety.
The Lions (2-1) got their final score the ensuing free kick on Padraza’s 40-run burst up the middle.
The Lions scored on their second possession of the game, a 3-yard run by Rosprim, to lead 6-0 at the 5:35 mark of the first. A 38-yard run by Datron Dixon set up the score.
Ortner hit on three of five passes for 86 yards in the game. His 41-yard completion to Legrand Stegall set up Franklin’s second score of the game, a 3-yard run by Pedraza.
The Panthers were last shut out in October 2015, a 21-0 loss to Crawford.