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Indian Trail Preview Capsule

Indian Trail Preview Capsule


Indian Trail (3-1, 2-0 SEC) at Franklin (3-1, 2-0 SEC)

When: 7 tonight

Where: Franklin High School (8222 S. 51st St., Franklin)

Series note: The Sabers are 8-0 against the Hawks since Indian Trail became a varsity program in 2012. … The most memorable game was in a WIAA Division-1 second-round playoff contest at Franklin in 2013, when the Sabers scored a controversial TD with 2:16 left and escaped with a 17-14 win. … Franklin dominated last season's matchup in Week 7 at Jaskwhich Stadium, getting out to a 38-0 lead en route to a 55-14 victory.

Player to watch: Indian Trail senior Amariyon Lynch-Gordon (5-11, 160 pounds) is one of the most versatile players in the area. He plays wide receiver, defensive back and returns kicks and has 86 rushing yards, 128 receiving yards, two TDs and two INTs this season. ... "Amariyon has the ability to play multiple positions and has through the first four games," Indian Trail coach Paul Hoffman said. "He is explosive and elusive."

Key stat; Indian Trail must avoid a slow start. Though the Haws have rallied late for wins the last two weeks, with the exception of a 54-34 win over Zion-Benton (Ill.) in Week 2, Indian Trail has been outscored 34-17 in the first half this season. Coming back from a deficit against the Sabers isn't likely.

FYI: Can a Kenosha County team finally break the "Franklin Curse?" The Sabers have won 26 consecutive games against county teams. … Entering this week, Indian Trail and Franklin are the only teams without a loss in SEC play. … Ranked No. 7 in Division-1 in the latest state coaches poll, the perennial power Sabers boast 18 straight playoff appearances, including a WIAA Division-2 state title in 2006 and Division-1 runner-up finishes in 2013 and 2016.

Mike Johnson 



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