IRVING, Texas - When Garland lined up for a fourth down run on Cedar Hill's one-yard line, it was linebacker Chris Francis who came up big.
The 5-foot-10, 213-pound outside linebacker made the big stop for his Cedar Hill team and has the Longhorns headed to this weekend's state championship game. Coach Joey McGuire says Francis will bring a lot to the table when he gets to Baylor.
"Baylor is getting a great football player, no doubt about it," McGuire said about Francis. "He's going to do a great job for them over the next four years, I'm just glad I've got him for one more game."
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The fourth down stand to stop Garland and keep Cedar Hill's title hopes alive isn't something that Francis will soon forget. All he remembers is just trying to make a play as fast as humanly possible.
"When I saw the pitch, I was just trying to get there as fast as I could to make the tackle," Francis said. "I got there and made the play."
Francis says he expected his team to be in a position for a state title with all the talent and the hard work they put in during the off-season.
As for the next chapter of his life at Baylor, Francis says that he's going to give that same kind of heart.
"I just see a lot of potential at Baylor for the team and what I can do," Francis said. "It's a good school, academically it's a very good school too. I can make an impact there and that's what I'm going to try to do."
Francis is the son of former Baylor All-American James Francis.