Franklin vs. Kenosha Indian Trail
The October 11th game between the Franklin Sabers (6-1, 5-0) and the Kenosha Indian Trail Hawks (7-0, 5-0) matched up two competitive teams. There was a lot to play for as the winner of this big game would be the likely Conference Champion. It was a full house in the stadium, as fans from both sides filled the stands almost to capacity. When asked how he would prepare his team for the game Coach Brown replied “we watched a lot of film and tried to learn their tendencies, obviously we want to win the Conference title, so we want a great practice week”.
The Sabers received the ball first but could not do anything because of the Hawk’s quick athletic defense. But on the next Saber drive, as a result of Hawks fumble, Franklin scored on a 5yd. run by #8 QB Sean McGuire. Kenosha Indian Trail tied the score 7-7 with a second quarter 33yd. pass. Franklin responded with two scoring drive of their own. Sean McGuire connected with #83 WR Nick Plath for two touchdown passes, one caught in the end zone corner covered by two defensive players. At halftime the Sabers held a 21-7 lead.
The second half began with the Sabers stopping the Hawks opening drive. But they were pinned inside their own 10 yard line. Punting the ball back to the Hawks the Sabers defense rose up to stop two consecutive drives with goal line interceptions by #15 DB Alec Jakubowski. By the end of the Third Quarter Franklin still has a 21-7 lead over the Hawks thanks to a great defensive effort.
The Fourth Quarter started with an early Hawks touchdown. Then the game was paused briefly when #83 WR Nick Plath went down with a head injury on the next Saber drive. He would remain out of the rest of the game. After the game when asked about Nick’s injury and how he keeps his players motivated when a key player goes down Coach Brown said “we have a next man up mentality, the next guy comes in and takes care of business”. This was demonstrated when the Franklin’s offense finished the drive with a 10yd pass to #16 RB Chad Walton, #8 QB Sean McGuire’s third touchdown pass. Franklin 28 Indian Trail 14. With time beginning to run down, the Hawks offense was able to score quickly to trail by only seven points. The Sabers recovered an on-side kick but were only able to run down the clock to 1:35. Indian trail would have one more chance to score and put the game into overtime. But the Saber defense were heroes of the day when they forced a third interception. #8 QB Sean McGuire took a knee to end the game with a victory. Franklin Sabers 28 Kenosha Indian Trail Hawks 21.