It'll be speed vs. speed, only on grass, when Franklin (9-1) hosts Kenosha Indian Trail (8-2) in a rematch of the Oct. 11 Southeast Conference championship game at 7 p.m. Friday in a WIAA Division I Level II football playoff game.
"Oh yeah, rematches, they're always something else," Sabers coach Louis Brown said. "...But the interesting thing will be that, I think, they've played all but one of their games on turf (a fast field-turf surface).
"They're all about speed, even on the defensive side, too, so we're glad they're coming to our place this time."
Franklin's home field is a natural grass surface.
The Sabers won that Oct. 11 game, 28-21, on the quick Kenosha Jaskwhich Stadium turf surface, taking a 21-7 lead and then hanging on for dear life.
The Hawks have many weapons, but it all starts and ends with fleet-footed, strong-armed quarterback Zach Gianakos. He passed for 321 yards and four touchdowns against Oak Creek in a 52-28 decision Friday.
It was a win for the Hawks that broke a two-game losing streak after they had won their first seven contests.
"I give them credit for coming back and doing that," Brown said. "No one wants to go into the playoffs on two straight losses, but they came back and got the job done."
For Brown and his Sabers, however, the work continues.
"We started out with three goals: win the conference, qualify for the state playoffs and, the last one, play in Madison," he said, referencing the state title game Nov. 22. "We're getting closer."
Franklin advanced to this contest with a 62-0 rout of Milwaukee Pulaski in a Level I game Friday. It was 28-0 at the quarter and 42-0 at the half.
In his brief time on the field, quarterback Sean McGuire showed he is ready to match Gianakos throw for throw as he was 13 of 15 passing for 197 yards and two touchdowns.
"Even into the wind, he was making some unbelievable throws," Brown said. "He has the strongest arm of any quarterback that we've had."
First-half touchdowns went to Austin Meyer (27-yard pass from McGuire), Cal Worbel (13-yard pass from McGuire), Michael Cuske (28-yard interception return), Chad Walton (2-yard run), Walton (13-yard run) and Sam Ruetz (1-yard pass from McGuire).
In the second half, reserves Michael Smith (5-yard run), Parker Plume (46-yard fumble return) and Capri King (3-yard run) also found the end zone.
"We came out of this healthy and a lot of young kids got to play, that was the important thing," Brown said. "We were able to work on a lot of stuff we'll use later in the playoffs."
Nick Plath caught four balls for 75 yards, and Meyer three for 64 for the Sabers as Walton ran for 58 yards on eight carries.
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