FRANKLIN CO., Va. -

Franklin County's football team finished the past two seasons at 4 and 6, missing the playoffs both of those years. Now in their sixth season under Head Coach Chris Jones, there's no time like the present for the Eagles.

"Yeah, we've got to win,” said Jones. “We've got to be up there with seven, eight, or nine wins. You know nowadays and the way the playoffs are, some teams are getting in at 4-and-6 or 5-and-5 and some teams aren't. So it's tough. It's what it is and we just got to make the best out of it,” he said.

"You know definitely when we were freshman and sophomores looking-on, we saw how hard they worked and what it took to get there,” said senior quarterback/safety Bradley Parcell. “… You gotta be here giving it all you want because if you don't you're not going to make it. And when you get to the playoffs everything's hard. Nobody's slacking off. Nobody's taking plays off because everyone wants to keep going. That's what you gotta do,” he said.
Making the postseason won't be easy in the rugged 6A ranks, but there is plenty of athleticism on this year's roster with speed to burn.

"I think this year we're going to have a lot of speed with our running backs. It's going to be pretty fast," said senior linebacker Logan Palmer.

"We've got a lot of speed out here; got some guys coming out here, got some good receivers,” Parcell said. “Got a lot of good running backs out here. The line's looking good, so is defense. Hopefully we can take it that far. We had a strength and conditioning class and he had the speed tracks. We were running with resistance everyday doing that during weight lifting too when we had those three-hour weight lifting days. So, he's definitely focusing on speed this year."