Outlook: The Wildcats are on an incredible program run and this could be the best team yet for this era. There are plenty of returning strengths, none more intriguing than junior QB and basketball sensation Luke Kennard.
High School: Franklin Wildcats
Division this season: III, Region 10
Division last season: II, Region 8
League/conference and division: SWBL Southwest Division.
Head coach: Rodney Roberts; eighth year at Franklin; 18th total; career record of 100-80. Taken three programs to postseason (Carlisle, Springboro, Franklin).
Assistant coaches: Steve Woods, Joe Lewis, Rick Thompson, Josh Wulff, Mark Wolfinbarger, Mark Mullins, Tom Parker, Frank Russell, Eddie Standifer, Brad Childers, Mike Cox.
2012 record: 10-2 overall; 6-0 SWBL.
2012 highlight(s)/notable achievement(s): Won league title and playoff birth for second consecutive season. Defeated Cin. Northwest in first round of playoffs.
5 key returners:
Luke Kennard, 6-6, 190, jr., QB
Chase Henderson, 6-3, 270, sr., OL/DL
Jake Riddell, 5-9, 150 , jr., RB/WR
Kyle Creech, 5-10, 180, sr., LB
Connor Fulton, 6-3, 277, jr., OL/DL
Devin Richards, 5-11, 175, sr., RB/DB
Coach’s comments: Defense took some hits to graduation but we have a very talented junior class to step in. Offense will be very balanced with a big and athletic offensive line, along with one of the better QB’s in the state pulling the trigger. Program has taken major steps forward the past two seasons and this year’s group is looking to take the next step.
8/31 CARLISLE @ CENTERVILLE, 8:30 PM
9/6 @ WEST CARROLLTON, 7 PM
9/13 MIAMISBURG, 7:30 PM
9/20 @ MONROE, 7 PM
10/11 @ VALLEY VIEW
11/1 @ OAKWOOD