Southeast Conference champion Franklin raced to a 35-0 halftime lead in cruising to a 41-10 victory over Tremper at Ameche Field on Friday night.
The Trojans (2-7, 2-5) got a 33-yard field goal from Jackson Jones in the third quarter and a 44-yard TD pass from Tommy Matoska to Riley Keckeisen in the fourth quarter for their scoring.
Franklin is 8-1 after running the table in the SEC heading into the playoffs. Tremper will play Waukesha West at 7 p.m. Thursday at Ameche Field in the extra game the WIAA allows for non-playoff teams.
In a game that featured 94 points and 967 yards of total offense, it’s easy to ignore that an old-fashioned defensive stand was a key moment in Bradford’s 60-34 Southeast Conference win over Tremper at Mary D. Bradford Stadium on Friday night.
St. Joseph’s chance to win its first conference championship since 2005, when it was a member of the now-defunct Lakeshore Conference, is all but over following the Lancers’ 24-13 loss to Racine St. Catherine’s on Friday night at Ameche Field on Friday night.
While St. Catherine’s (6-2, 5-1 MCC) clinched at least a share of the Metro Classic Conference title with the win, St. Joseph (5-3 overall) dropped into a three-way tie for second in the eight-team league at 4-2 with Greendale Martin Luther (6-2 overall) and Racine Lutheran (5-3 overall).
MOUNT PLEASANT — First-year Tremper football coach Jared McGranahan was blunt, calling his team’s performance in the first quarter of Friday night’s game against Racine Park “terrible.”
The Trojans’ offense committed eight first-quarter penalties, including one that wiped out a touchdown. Tremper also fumbled once but kept it, and quarterback Alec Becker threw an interception deep in Panthers territory.