Cubs play well in league loss


The moment was bittersweet after a Franklin team that has lost nine straight to Martinsville let one get away.

But coach Adam Reese encouraged his team to look at how far it has advanced in five weeks, not just how close it came to knocking off host Class 5A No. 6 Martinsville on Friday night.

The visiting Grizzly Cubs rode a staunch defensive effort and the rugged running of leading Johnson County rusher Ross Barr but fell to the Artesians, 19-12, when a fourth-quarter drive ran out of time.

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