Myles Burkett notched his first Camp Randall victory on Friday night. The Wisconsin commit threw for three touchdowns in Franklin’s 38-17 win over Sun Prairie in the WIAA Division 1 State Championship in Madison.
“I am extremely happy for the seniors as they went undefeated their senior and junior years,” Franklin head coach Louis Brown. “They were a great group to coach, and they led by example all year.”
After both teams traded field goals, Myles Burkett and Reece Osgood etched their way into the record book as the two connected on an 88-yard touchdown pass to grab a 10-3 lead. The touchdown connection became the longest passing touchdown in state championship game history.
“He (Burkett) hit him on a really nice pass and he (Osgood) was wide open,” Brown said of the touchdown pass. “Once he (Osgood) gets open, he’s pretty fast and he is a hard kid to catch.”
After getting a turnover, Franklin capitalized with a six-yard touchdown run from Terrence Shelton to grab a 17-3 lead at the half. With 8:48 remaining in the third quarter, fellow running back Tanner Rivard added on a one-yard touchdown run to make it a three score game.
With 6:08 remaining in the third quarter, Sun Prairie began their attempt at a comeback as quarterback Jerry Kaminski connected with Davis Hamilton for a 34-yard touchdown before adding a rushing touchdown later in the quarter to cut the Franklin lead to 24-17. The Sabers offense responded in the fourth quarter as Burkett connected on touchdown passes with Keaton Arendt and Reece Osgood to build the lead back to 38-17.
“We’ve been responding all year as we have had our backs against the wall a few times against Appleton North and even Oak Creek,” Brown said. “When you have senior leadership where they have been there and done that, that is kind of what we do. Wear team’s down with our offense.”
Burkett threw for 236 yards in the win with three touchdowns and two interceptions, while Rivard ran for 147 yards on 33 carries. Osgood was Burkett’s favorite target in the win with five catches for 169, while Arendt had eight catches for 96 yards.
“I told him all year that he is the conductor of the orchestra,” Brown said of his quarterback. “Just get the ball into your receiver’s hand and let them dot their thing.”
Kaminski led Sun Prairie through the air with 136 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. Davis Hamilton made an impact on both sides of the ball with 83 receiving yards and 11 tackles defensively.
With the win, Franklin notches their second state title in four trips to Camp Randall. The Sabers finish the season with a 14-0 record.
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