Franklin’s three touchdowns lead Amat to victory over local rivals

Franklin scores his first touchdown of the game.

Bishop Amat families and students packed the away stands at Damien High School and watched the Lancers defeat their valley Catholic school rivals 35-7 on Friday night. 

Wide receiver Delano Franklin scored three of the Lancers’ five touchdowns but said the victory was a team effort. 

“The main reason for my success would be everyone on the team doing their part,” said Franklin. “When I score a touchdown, it takes more than me catching and running. It takes the line blocking and the quarterback throwing. Like a machine, every part has to be working in order for it to work.” 

With five receptions, Franklin gained 126 receiving yards, with a long of 47.

The defense shined as they held Damien to their lowest home-game score of the year, allowing zero points after the first quarter.

A top defensive performer was senior defensive end Frederick Lujan III as he sacked the quarterback twice, which cost Damien 24 yards.

“When I sacked the QB twice I felt the energy the crowd gave and the team gave,” said Lujan. “The game was loud and crazy because it’s a ‘rival’ game. But we don’t see it as that, we see it as a regular game. But in order for it to be a rival game they got to win sometimes right? But overall I was happy to help my team come through with the dub.”

Bishop Amat’s explosive performance at their San Gabriel Valley rivals’ home field improved their record to 4-1.

The Lancer squad looks forward to their first league game, traveling to Chatsworth to face  Sierra Canyon this Friday.