DAILY LEADER / JAMES COVINGTON / The Franklin County Archery Team captured the second straight State 3A championship crown in archery action at Jackson. Members of the team are: (Front row from left) Leigh Beth Hurst, Brittany Holloway, Anna Grace Wilson, Katelyn Moak, Kelsi  Barron, Tristan Cannon, Erich Buckles; Second row:) Ramie Williams, Zoe Terrell, Blake Smith, Coach Connie Johnston, DJ Booker, Howard Moak; (Back row:) Kenneth Davis, Scout Conner, Cody Lee, Kane Hughey, Austin Wallace, Coach Todd Haygood, Patrick Lehman, Jon Wilkinson, Cole Middleton, Trinity Coleman, Bryce Miller. Not pictured: Josh Owen, Morgan Rushing, Maddie Wiggins, Dakota Jones.
DAILY LEADER / JAMES COVINGTON / The Franklin County Archery Team captured the second straight State 3A championship crown in archery action at Jackson. Members of the team are: (Front row from left) Leigh Beth Hurst, Brittany Holloway, Anna Grace Wilson, Katelyn Moak, Kelsi Barron, Tristan Cannon, Erich Buckles; Second row:) Ramie Williams, Zoe Terrell, Blake Smith, Coach Connie Johnston, DJ Booker, Howard Moak; (Back row:) Kenneth Davis, Scout Conner, Cody Lee, Kane Hughey, Austin Wallace, Coach Todd Haygood, Patrick Lehman, Jon Wilkinson, Cole Middleton, Trinity Coleman, Bryce Miller. Not pictured: Josh Owen, Morgan Rushing, Maddie Wiggins, Dakota Jones.

FC Archery repeats as State Champs

Published 1:45am Sunday, April 20, 2014

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.

DAILY LEADER / JAMES COVINGTON / Franklin County Archery coaches Todd Haygood (left) and Connie Michelle Johnston (right) pose with the 3A State Championship Trophy.
DAILY LEADER / JAMES COVINGTON / Franklin County Archery coaches Todd Haygood (left) and Connie Michelle Johnston (right) pose with the 3A State Championship Trophy.