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Big School Team # 3 Franklin Regional (7) 0-0

Written by: on Thursday, August 30th, 2012


9-7. It might seem hard to believe, but that was the final score of the WPIAL AAA semifinal game which ended Franklin Regional’s 2011 season. Knoch staked its claim as the only team to hold the Panthers below 20 points in any game last season, and FR’s 506 points scored were the second-most in a single season in school history, trailing only the Panthers’ 2005 PIAA AAA championship team (516).

Dane Brown, already the program’s career leading rusher with more than 3,200 yards, is back after scorching the opposition for 1,960 yards and 34 rushing touchdowns. Dual-threat field general Nico Lodovico (973 pass yds, 420 rush yds, 15 total TDs) also returns. Linemen Adam Mihoci and Sean Miller are also returning. Linebackers Carter Henderson, Dominic Mazzaro and Nick Vento, as well as DL John Fabarik, were part of a vicious defensive unit which made earning yards and points a premium for the opposition. Kicker Mike Roberge is also back after converting 63 PATs and one field goal. All signs pointed toward 2012 being the Panthers’ year, and, as the highest-ranked AAA team in this poll, it certainly seems as though the ingredients are in place for a second WPIAL championship in seven years.

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