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Playing your first game in 8-man football can be difficult enough.
Playing that game against a team that was competing in the playoffs in 11-man football last year and has seven seniors and four juniors makes it even more difficult.
Franklin Academy fell to Veritas 58-34 Friday in Winnsboro in the Cougars' first-ever 8-man contest.
"We ran into a buzzsaw," said Franklin coach Doyle Hassell. "But I thought our kids did pretty good for their first rodeo. Veritas had a couple of kids who were 6-4, 280 pounds and they had some good athletes. Our boys competed hard."
Franklin trailed 28-6 at halftime.
"They were just bigger and more physical," Hassell said. "It took us a little while to get going, but once we did we were able to move the football."
Franklin had 311 yards in total offense.
Freshman Colton Monnin completed 5-of-7 passes for 149 yards and two touchdowns, while senior Drew Guice completed 9-of-15 passes for 78 yards and caught a 45-yard TD pass from Monnin.
Monnin rushed for 21 yards, while Guice had 44 yards rushing, including a 3-yard TD run.
Monnin returned a kickoff 80 yards for a touchdown.
Chris Hassell caught three passes for 60 yards, including one for 50 yards for a score.
Ethan Vick had two two-point conversions.
Franklin hosts Christian Collegiate Friday.
"They have a good quarterback and we expect him to be a main part of their offense running and throwing," Hassell said. "We're going back to the basics of tackling and blocking. We're going to get this headed in the right direction."