Franklin dominates Kenosha Bradford, ready for matchup with Oak Creek
Sabers look to stay unblemished in Southeast Conference play
There were no permanent bathrooms nor was the concession stand ready yet, but it was still good for the Franklin football team to finally be home last Friday.
And the Sabers made the most of it, scoring 41 first half points en route to a 58-21 victory over Kenosha Bradford.
"We hadn't played there in awhile (first time this season) and the kids were excited to make that work once they got there," said Sabers coach Louis Brown.
The Sabers, 2-0 in Southeast Conference play and 3-1 overall, play at 7 p.m. Friday at home against rival Oak Creek (1-1, 2-2).
"I'm sure Mike (Oak Creek coach Bartholomew) is in the same boat we are," Brown said. "It never has to be a big pep talk when it comes to this game."
The Sabers were fired up for Bradford, as they scored twice in the first quarter on a pair of one-yard runs by senior quarterback Sean McGuire.
Bradford got a little antsy, scoring twice themselves to begin the second quarter to take a 14-13 advantage, but then Franklin poured it on, scoring the final 28 points of the half to take a 41-13.
"I thought the kids came in with confidence," Brown said. "They had a good week of practice. The O-line was firing off the ball and giving Sean a lot of time to throw and Chad (Walton) was running all over the place (nine carries for 105 yards).
In the second, McGuire hit Austin Meyers with a 26-yard pass while Walton raced in from 25 yards. To close out the half, McGuire connected with Giovanni Flores on a pair of TD passes, one from 32 yards out and another from 16.
In the second half, it was all gravy as Walton snuck in from a yard out, Austin Manning kicked a 24-yard field goal and Gavin Boeck crossed the goal-line on a five-yard run.
"I thought all three aspects of our game were working right," Brown said.
McGuire had a remarkably efficient night, hitting 76 percent of his passes (16 of 21) for 294 yards and three touchdowns. He hit seven different receivers led by Meyer with four catches for 127 yards, Robbie Bell four for 61 yards, Flores three for 50 and Nick Plath three for 45.
Brown continued to praise Walton for adding that serious rushing dimension to the team's offense.
"Now teams have to respect the run," he said. "They just can't sit back and defend the pass. When you can run effectively, pass effectively and have a three-year starter at quarterback running the controls, that's a pretty good equation for success."
He also praised his three senior interior linebackers Jake Frenandes, Erik Wimmer and August Beck for their work and highlighted the effort of first-year senior starter Robbie Heimbruch.
"There's always a senior or two who waits their turn and then really surprises you," Brown said. "Right now, it's just really clicking for Robbie (Heimbruch)."
Brown added: "This was a good game. Bradford's a lot younger than they have been the last few years, (including the 2011 Division 1 state title) and we all know what a difference a year makes."
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