For a decade-plus, the perennial power Franklin football team has been lauded for its explosive offense.
But the Sabers can play some defense, too.
In a Southeast Conference game between two teams tied for first place Friday night at Franklin, Indian Trail did all it could do on defense, holding the Sabers to 267 total yards.
But Franklin — ranked No. 7 in Division-1 in the latest WisSports.net state coaches poll — was even more dominant on defense in a 23-0 shutout.
The Sabers (4-1 overall, 3-0 SEC) took over sole possession of first place in the conference by blanking Indian Trail (3-2, 2-1), as the Hawks mustered just 96 total yards, 125 through the air and a staggering minus-29 on the ground.
The Hawks trailed only 7-0 at halftime, but two touchdowns by Franklin quarterback Myles Burkett — one passing and one rushing — and a safety on an Indian Trail punt in the second half proved too much to overcome.
Burkett, who passed for 150 yards and rushed for 60, had a 17-yard scoring run in the first quarter before his 68-yard touchdown pass to Elliott Harris in the third and his 3-yard scoring run in the fourth.
Indian Trail junior quarterback Argjent Ismaili was 16-of-25 passing for 125 yards with no interceptions.
Franklin now has 27 consecutive wins over Kenosha County teams.
Waterford 56, Central 7
The host Wolverines led 42-0 at halftime in cruising to the Southern Lakes Conference victory.
Waterford, tied with Hartford at No. 10 in Division-2 in the latest WisSports.net state coaches poll, improved to 5-0 overall and 3-0 in the SLC.
Central dropped to 1-4 and 1-2.
Senior quarterback Gavin Carlson’s 14-yard pass to sophomore Zach Kazumura with 11 minutes, 27 seconds left in the game accounted for the Falcons’ lone touchdown.
Carlson finished with 53 passing yards.
Waterford’s punishing ground attack churned out 340 yards on 30 attempts for 11.3 yards per carry.
Senior Tanner Keller rushed for 143 yards and three touchdowns on just seven attempts. He had scoring runs of 11 and 55 yards in the first quarter and 62 yards in the second and also returned a punt 66 yards to paydirt in the Wolverines’ 28-point second quarter.
Fellow senior Dominic Miller added 85 yards and two touchdowns on just six carries for Waterford.
Martin Luther 47, Shoreland Lutheran 0
The visiting Pacers were blanked by the Spartans — ranked No. 5 in Division-4 in the latest WisSports.net state coaches poll — in a Metro Classic Conference game.
Martin Luther, which led 40-0 at halftime, got a superb performance from junior quarterback Brady Hoppert, who finished 14-of-16 for 162 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions.
Junior Taylor Johnson led Shoreland with 72 rushing yards on six carries.
Martin Luther improved to 4-1 overall and 2-1 in the Metro Classic, while Shoreland dropped to 1-4 and 0-3.
Octavis Cherry had three first-half touchdown runs for Martin Luther, while Sylvere Campbell had a touchdown catch and a returned a punt 59 yards for a score.