FRANKLIN, Ky. (WBKO)-- Family, classmates, administrators, and alumni celebrated the Franklin-Simpson football team's state championship Monday morning.
In a packed gymnasium with students from the high school and middle school, Wildcats' fans held a ceremony in honor of the football team defeating Johnson Central in the Class 4A state finals this past Saturday.
Mayor Ronnie Clark was also in attendance where he made a decree to make Dec. 4 known as "Franklin-Simpson Wildcats Day".
The players said this was a special championship for a number of reasons, not only because it was the third in program history and the first since 1980, but for some like junior wide receiver Jevon Covington, it meant much more.
"I played this game for my brother, he died back in June," Covington said. "I played for him. He finally got to watch me play."