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There is no mistake about who the king of the hill is in the SWBL Southwestern division as Franklin Wildcats have won the last two league titles. The Wildcats have amassed 19 wins over the past two seasons and maintaining those high standards is going to be a challenge for head coach Rodney Roberts as his squad losses 11 starters from a year ago. His players will have to focus on both sides of the ball
“Our offensive skill players have to step up and we must solidify our defensive front,” Roberts claimed. “The kids in this program our accustomed to winning because they understand and do what their told and victories have been the results of their diligence. They will have no problem staying on the right path again this season.”
It promises to be an exciting season ahead for the fans of Franklin.
Division III, Region 10
2012 RECORD: 10-2, 6-0 SWBL Southwestern
COACH: Rodney Roberts (46-28 @ Franklin, seven years, 100-80 overall, 17 years)
Chase Henderson, SR, OL – Henderson is the real deal up front he will play football at the next level. He was a Second-Team All-SWBL Southwestern selection in 2012.
Luke Kennard, JR, QB – What’s not to like about having one of Ohio’s top quarterbacks in the Class of 2015? The 6-foot-5 Kennard was named Second-Team All-Southwest District after throwing for 1,880 yards with 24 touchdown passes and just seven interceptions as a sophomore.
Kyle Creech, SR, LB – Creech is just an outstanding high school football player. He tallied 117 total tackles with 7.0 sacks and two fumble recoveries in 2012.
Evan Crowe, JR, TE – An expanding role will see Crowe become the target of more passes this season. Two of his six receptions went for touchdowns last season.
Connor Fulton, JR, OL – Fulton emerged as one of the Wildcats’ top o-linemen. A year to get bigger and stronger is going to make him an all-conference candidate.
Justin King, SR, DB – The defensive back was in on 32 total tackles with a sack a year ago.
Devin Richards, WR/DB –Richards, a real ball hawk, was in on in on 76 total tackles with five pass break-ups an interception and a fumble recovery as a junior.
Jake Riddell, JR RB/DB – The door to opportunity knocks for Riddell this season. His versatility should see him post more than 1,000 all-purpose yards. He had 32 receptions as a sophomore.
Alex Rutledge, SR, DB – Teamed with classmates King and Richards the secondary is a strength for Franklin. Rutledge broke up six passes and had 35 total tackles in 2012.
Matt Thompson, JR, DB – The youngster proved to be a valuable pickpocket with three interceptions and a fumble recovery as a sophomore.
(eight appearances, 4-8) – 2012, 2011, 2008, 1993, 1989, 1988, 1987, 1985
A third consecutive playoff berth is well within reach as long as the Wildcats take care of business during the regular season. They will have little margin for error as seven teams on the schedule are from lower divisions. Harbin points will be precious to Franklin...FULL SCHEDULE
CRADLE OF COACHES
Franklin has three alums currently as head coaches in Southwest Ohio starting with current head coach Rodney Roberts. Former Wildcats Shawn Lamb (Lebanon) and Chad Murphy (Hamilton) have also done the program proud on Friday nights.
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