Franklin senior Abby Pillow put it in simple terms – that she and her Lady Admiral teammates are simply out to have fun during the flag football season.
It certainly doesn’t hurt that they keep winning, which Franklin did again on Sunday, taking the final two games of the regular season from Nolensville and Fairview to finish unbeaten.
They’ll be the top seed when the Williamson County Girls’ Flag Football league convenes at Nissan Stadium for the one-day league tournament on May 7.
“It feels great, I’m so proud of the fact that we’re number one,” Pillow said. “We just came out here for fun and the fact that we’re still winning feels so good. You’ll see our sideline cheering the whole time. Every little milestone is something big for us.”
It turned out that the Lady Admirals’ second game against Fairview ended up being a winner-take-all game for the top seed after Ravenwood lost to Centennial late Sunday afternoon.
Franklin defeated the Lady Jackets 19-6 after stifling the Fairview offense all game, only allowing a 49-yard touchdown run from Summer Andeson with 9:38 to play.
Pillow caught two touchdown passes from Hannah Harvey, one on a wheel route in the final minute of the first half and the second when Pillow got behind the Fairview secondary to put Franklin up 19-0 less than five minutes into the second half.
On a day where wind affected the passing game, their deep connections caught the wind just right. During most weeks in practice, they’ve had to deal with the elements anyway.
“I honestly created a joke that every Wednesday is ‘Windy Wednesday,’” Pillow said. “Every single week, we have crazy winds, bad storms, and whatnot, and we come out here for beautiful Sundays every week.”
It’s helped Franklin go unbeaten in a season where teams such as Fairview and Ravenwood have gotten most of the buzz, yet the Lady Admirals keep rolling just the same.
“Number one, they all get along,” Franklin coach Donnie Webb said. “They’re here for fun and it’s so pure. They all root for each other, and they’re all pretty good athletes, so we’re pretty blessed here in Franklin.”
Franklin will face the winner of the first-round game between Nolensville and Independence on May 7 at 2 p.m. Fairview fell to the No. 3 seed with the loss and will play sixth-seeded Summit at noon on May 7.
Fairview 39, Nolensville 20
Fairview raced out to a 20-0 lead in less than 10 minutes, led 33-0 at halftime and tried to rest starters as much as possible during the day’s second game.
In doing so, Nolensville scored 20 second-half points, pulling within 13 at one point before the Lady Jackets put the game away in the final four minutes.
Summer Anderson scored ran for two touchdowns and threw two more in the victory. LilyAnn McElroy caught two touchdown passes, including one from Addie Sullivan as time expired in the first half.
Rylie Dillingham found the end zone twice in less than two minutes, catching a touchdown pass from Anderson before returning an interception for another score moments later.
Eden Pietrzak scored twice for the Lady Knights (1-7), while Summer Smith also caught a touchdown pass from Courtney Williams.
Franklin 39, Nolensville 0
Franklin gradually pulled away in shutting out Nolensville in the day’s first game.
Charlotte Robertson caught touchdown passes from Kate Reed and Hannah Harvey in the first half, with Reed adding a rushing score of her own as the Lady Admirals led 20-0 at halftime.
Reed also ran for a touchdown in the second half, with Jessie Desantis and Lyla Gardner also finding the end zone in the final 20 minutes.
Nolensville made two trips inside Franklin’s 10-yard line and failed to score each time as the Lady Admiral defense preserved the shutout.
Final regular-season standings
- Franklin 8-0
- Ravenwood 6-2
- Fairview 6-2
- Page 5-3
- Centennial 5-3
- Summit 2-6
- Brentwood 2-6
- Nolensville 1-7
- Independence 1-7
Williamson County Girls Flag Football Tournament schedule
- All games May 7 at Nissan Stadium, Nashville
- 10 a.m. – No. 8 Nolensville vs. No. 9 Independence
- 11 a.m. – No. 4 Page vs. No. 5 Centennial
- 12 p.m. – No. 3 Fairview vs. No. 6 Summit
- 1 p.m. – No. 2 Ravenwood vs. No. 7 Brentwood
- 2 p.m. – No. 1 Franklin vs. Nolensville/Independence winner
- 3 p.m. – Semifinal: Franklin/Nolensville/Independence winner vs. Page/Centennial winner
- 4 p.m. – Semifinal: Ravenwood/Brentwood winner vs. Fairview/Summit winner
- 5 p.m. – Championship game