FC Archery repeats as State ChampsPublished 1:45am Sunday, April 20, 2014
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JACKSON – Todd Haygood’s goal was to win a state championship in Archery at Franklin County; now he’s won two.
For the second year in a row, the Franklin County Bulldogs claimed the Class 3A State Championship in Archery. The Bulldogs shot a top score of 3,235, finishing first over South Pontotoc and North Pontotoc. Seminary placed fourth, followed by Sumrall at fifth.
The Bulldogs edged South Pontotoc in ‘Bulls-Eye’ shots as well, finishing with 117 target points that counted for 10-points apiece. South Pontotoc finished with 115.
Top shooter for the Bulldogs was Jon Wilkinson, who shot a Class 3A leading 289.
Wilkinson’s score was also the fifth highest among all shooters from 1A to 6A at the 3-day event.
“I’m proud of the kids,” said Haygood following the awarding of the Championship trophy. “This is something they’ve practiced and worked hard for. For our school, this is the first time we’ve ever repeated as State Champions in any sport.”
Haygood, who is assisted by Connie Michelle Johnston also played a key part in helping make sure the FC archers kept their focus and aim the last few weeks.
“It was a total team effort,” added Haygood.
The Bulldogs will return a majority of its shooters next year, too. So the possibility of a ’3-Peat’ is a distinct one in Bulldog Nation.