Franklin holds off Sun Prairie for first Division 1 Title
MADISON, Wis. (CBS 58) - Franklin had to overcome some self-inflicted mistakes to secure its first championship since 2006.
The Sabers took down Sun Prairie 38-17. It is the first title for Franklin since it last won in Division 2 in 2006.
Wisconsin quarterback commit Myles Burkett ma have summed it up perfectly.
"We won, we're champions," Burkett said with a big smile while jumping up and down.
Burkett overcame two of his own interceptions to finish with 276 passing yards and three touchdowns, including an 88-yard pass to Reese Osgood. His final pass as a Saber was a touchdown to Keaton Arendt with 40 seconds remaining. He went to the bench and let tears flow down his face as the emotion took over.
"It all hit me in that moment after I threw that touchdown to Keaton. It's over," said Burkett. "I don't get to get this back. No matter how much money I pay, I can't get this back. I'm gonna miss it, but we went out the only way we could."
Franklin has made the state finals four times, finishing as runner-ups in 2016. It took this class of seniors to put the Sabers back on top.
"31 seniors, the most we've ever had since I've been at Franklin in 30 years. Just a special group," said Louis Brown, Franklin Head Coach who was the defensive coordinator when Franklin won in 2006.
'We're gonna party like it's '06 tonight. We're gonna party like it's '06," said Burkett. "This is what happens when you have a group of guys that love each other."
"I'm going to miss playing with these guys more than anything. The state championship is what we thrive for all year. But the companionship we made along the way means more than any gold ball," said Reese Osgood, a senior wide receiver who finished with169 receiving yards and two touchdowns.
Many players on Franklin will go on to play in college, but Burkett was the only one who got to play in his future stadium.
"I got a 100% winning percentage at Camp Randall, let's keep it that way," Burkett said with a smile. "All jokes, but this might be my favorite win at Camp Randall in my life."
Franklin finishes the season undefeated at 14-0.