In their district opener, the Seahawk boys basketball team Dec. 1 delivered a major upset, as they went on the road and defeated last year's Class IA District 4 champ West Gadsden 62-55.
Then on Monday and Tuesday at home, the Hawks delighted enthusiastic crowds as they defeated both Maclay and Liberty County, to remain undefeated,
The Panthers, who dominated district play last season, posted a 22-7 season mark in 2015-16, while Mackenzie Williams' Seahawks were 11-14.
But last week it was a different story.
After a weak second quarter, Franklin County trailed 25-23 at the half, and 39-26 after three quarters. With four minutes left in the game, the Hawks trailed by seven, so Williams called a timeout to set up the press.
The Seahawks got a stop and sophomore Jan Lowe hit a three to cut it to four, and then after a turnover senior Kalin "KK" Wilson hit a trey to cut it to one.
These two big shots sparked a 9-0 run that enabled Franklin County to regain the lead. Junior Nate Jones sealed the game with a three-point play followed by two free throws off of another turnover and foul.
Senior Zach Prygocki led the team with 12 points, followed by 11 from senior Tyler Howard, and 10 from Jones. Wilson added nine, while sophomore Sean Williams tallied eight, Lowe seven, and eighth grader Lamarius Martin five.
On Monday, the Hawks kept their winning ways alive, downing Maclay for the second time this season, 57-46.
After trailing 10-4 after the first quarter, the Seahawks dominated each of the next three stanzas.
Prygocki’s 20 points led the team, with Wilson and Howard each adding eight. Sophomore Daijon Penamon added six, while Jones and Martin each contributed five. Lowe added three and junior Zacc Townsend two.
Howard pulled down 13 rebounds, and Wilson had nine, plus seven assists.
On Tuesday, the Seahawks won their sixth in a row, to no losses, as they swamped Liberty County at home 70-40, leading essentially from start to finish.
Wilson scored a season-high 27 points, with Howard adding 14 points, Pryzgocki 11 and Jones 10. Martin added five points, plus five assists and four steals, while senior Jaylon Gainer tallied three and Townsend two.
Howard snared 13 rebounds and Jones seven, with Wilson snaring six caroms, plus five assists.