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Lanier at Franklin County preview

Canyon Cook

Canyon Cook

Lanier Longhorns (8-AAAA)

Coach: Billy Wells

Record: 2-0

Last week: Beat Oconee County 24-7

Franklin County Lions (8-AAA)

Coach: Jerry Underwood

Record: 0-2

Last week: Lost to Madison County 28-14

The Longhorns are sitting in the ideal position at this point, 2-0 for the first time in the program’s young history. Both victories have been fairly convincing, too, including a 28-point win over Class AAAAA Apalachee in the opener.

“Certainly everybody wants to start the season off with some victories and we’re no different,” coach Billy Wells said. “But we did see some room for improvement, too. That’s been our focus this week, working on those things.”

One of those issues was a slew of penalties last Friday in the victory over Oconee. Lanier overcame those, but it’s something that Wells and his staff want to clean up before region play starts Sept. 20.

The Longhorns have played very well on both sides of the ball this season, with last week’s game being a prime example. Trevon McSwain (five quarterback pressures, one sack) had his second straight big game, as did Ricky Viengxay. The unit will be without standout linebacker Michael Shaw, though. Shaw, who had eight tackles (seven solos) last week, was injured late in the win over Oconee.

Lanier’s offense also has clicked behind new quarterback Canyon Cook. Cook completed 18 of 23 passes for 243 yards last Friday, in addition to rushing for 65 yards.

“(Cook) did a really good job the other night,” Wells said. “Not only what he did throwing the ball — he had a great completion percentage — but he also ran the ball very well.”

Last meeting: Lanier won 23-0 last year

Directions to Franklin County High School: I-85 north to Exit 166/Ga. Hwy. 106/Ga. Hwy. 145. Turn right off the exit and then left on Busha Road.