Wildcats in the News

Wildcats grab share of league championship 
Playoff-bound Franklin knocks off Oakwood, shares title with Eaton.
By John Boyle, Staff Writer 1:34 AM Saturday, October 29, 2011

OAKWOOD — The Franklin High School football team had already clinched a Division II, Region 8 playoff berth entering its regular-season finale. The Wildcats added a league title Friday night. Buoyed by a record-setting night by receiver Everett Williams and a defense that forced five turnovers, Franklin pulled away from winless Oakwood 26-7 to win a share of the Southwestern Buckeye League Southwestern Division title.

It’s the first league championship since 1995 for the 9-1 Wildcats, who shares it with Eaton at 5-1 in league play.
“It feels great,” said Franklin senior defensive Scott Dwyer, who had two of Franklin’s three interceptions. “It’s the first time in 16 years (for a league title). We all came out and played our hardest so we could do it.”
Williams caught 10 passes for 130 yards, including a 70-yard touchdown reception from Kevin Stewart that iced the game late in the third quarter. Williams has 52 catches for the season to set a new school record, surpassing the previous mark of 50 set by Tim Aregood and Dr. Rick Chamberlain.

“It feels really good,” Williams said. “It was a total team effort all the way around — the players, the coaches, the fans, everyone.”
Chris Hymer ran for a pair of touchdowns and Corey Hammond recovered a fumble in the end zone for the Wildcats, who will be in the playoffs for the seventh time and first time since 2008.

While the postseason is sweet, Franklin coach Rodney Roberts was reveling in a league title Friday night.
“In the Southwestern Buckeye League, if you can win the league all the other stuff — the playoffs — really take care of themselves,” Roberts said. “The league title was a goal our seniors set this football team early on. It’s a joy as a coach to see kids set those goals and work extremely hard to accomplish them.”