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."
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.