Myles Burkett and Tanner Rivard kept Franklin’s state title hopes alive as the two helped push Franklin to a 29-16 comeback victory at Titan Stadium in Oshkosh on Friday night. With the win, the Sabers advance to the WIAA Division One state title game in Madison.
“Both senior captains that simply didn’t want their season to end,” Franklin head coach Louis Brown said of his senior captains.
After a scoreless first quarter, Matthew Schecklman used two passing touchdowns and one rushing touchdown to help propel Appleton North to a 19-3 advantage heading into the fourth quarter. Franklin cut into the lead in the fourth quarter as Wisconsin commit Myles Burkett connected on touchdown passes with Reece Osgood and Tanner Rivard to tie the game at 19 with 4:36 to go in the game.
With 20 seconds left in the game, Tanner Rivard completed the comeback for the Sabers with a seven yard touchdown run to get the win.
“Very proud of the way we battled and came back from a 16 point deficit in the 4th quarter,” Brown said. “Kids never quit or panicked against a great team. As physical of a game as I have been a part of.”
Burkett went 26-for-39 on the day with 326 yards passing and two touchdowns. Reece Osgood was his favorite target in the win with 10 catches for 120 yards, while Keaton Arendt had seven catches for 89 yards.
Franklin advances to the Division One state championship game on Friday night against Sun Prairie. Kickoff will be at 4 p.m. at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison.
“Sun Prairie is a great program with a lot of great players,” Brown said. “It will be a great battle that many will want to see. Must play well to win.”
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