Franklin running back Tanner Rivard provided the difference-maker for the Sabers as they extended their quest towards another state championship on Friday night. Rivard provided the game-winning score with two minutes left to get a 10-7 win over rival Oak Creek at home.
“He’s a workhorse all year for us,” Franklin head coach Louis Brown said. “We need him in bad weather games. Last drive was huge and his performance was required for the success of our team.”
With 2:39 remaining in the first quarter, Franklin pushed Oak Creek backward five yards for a safety to get an early 2-0 lead. Oak Creek Outside Linebacker Sam Paar responded for the Knights in the second quarter as he stopped a Franklin goalline drive with a 99-yard fumble return to give his team a 7-2 lead at the half.
“Knew it would be a defensive battle. Our kids have been overlooked all year and they have gotten better every week,” Brown said. “When you hold Oak Creek to no points that is a tremendous team effort. Our defense can all run well and made many huge plays.”
After a scoreless third quarter, Rivard took a 10-yard run-in for the deciding touchdown with two minutes left in the game. Terrence Shelton added on the two-point conversion to give Franklin the three-point lead and the win.
Rivard led Franklin offensively with 105 yards rushing, while Wisconsin commit Myles Burkett led the passing attack completing half his passes for 104 yards.
Franklin gets their second win over Oak Creek with the win as they defeated the Knights on the road early in the season. The Sabers host Bay Port at home this week in level three action on Friday night.
“Bay Port is a very good well coached team. Many very good athletes that can run and make plays all over the field,” Brown said of this week’s matchup. “One of the more respected programs in the state. All kids seem like they are very strong, it will be a great challenge.”
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