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Raider Preview: Habersham travels to Franklin

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Look out Franklin County! The Raiders are fresh off a heartbreaking loss to White County, which could mean taking some frustration out on the Lions come Friday night.

Habersham’s 72 points (a school record) in Week 0 against East Hall is now a distant memory. The Raiders are coming off a back-and-forth battle with a tough White County team, falling in dramatic fashion, 24-21. Coach Benji Harrison and the Raiders will look to rebound when taking on Franklin County, a team they beat also in exciting fashion a year ago on the home turf.

Here are the details for Friday night’s Week 3 game at Franklin County:

TIME: 7:30 pm kickoff
PLACE: Franklin County High School (Carnesville)

LAST MEETING: Raiders won 21-14 at home in 2016
ALL-TIME RECORD: Raiders 16, Franklin 3
RECORDS: Habersham Central (1-1); Franklin County (0-2)

HISTORICALLY SPEAKING:

The Raiders won last year’s meeting, 21-14, which was the first matchup in the series since 2001. Most of the history between these programs took place in the 1970s and 1980s, as they played each other every single year from 1972-1987. Habersham won the first 11 meetings overall before they split the next six meetings. Habersham Central has won the last two meetings (21-14 in 2016; 56-8 in 2001).

PLAYERS TO WATCH:

HABERSHAM CENTRAL:
AJ Curry (SR QB): 414 pass yds, 3 TD, 2 INT; 229 rush yds, 3 TD
Baylor Hinshaw (SR RB): 329 yds, 3 TD
Daniel Matkovic (JR RB): 241 yds, 4 TD
Jim Barnett (SR WR/CB): 147 yds, 2 TD; 2 tackles, 3 pass break-ups, fumble rec
Donovan Curry (JR WR): 95 yds, TD; 10 tackles
Trey Wetherton (SR WR): 55 yds
Carson Moore (SR CB): 5 tackles
Carson Taylor (SR OLB): 16 tackles, 1.5 TFL
Karl Fail (SR): 16 tackles, 1 TFL
Garrett Kinsey (SR MLB): 9 tackles, 1 sack

FRANKLIN COUNTY:
Myrian Craft (SR RB)
Noah Little (SR WR)
Brandon Weaver (SR LB)

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