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A capacity crowd of over 6,000 fans filed both sides of the stands at Atrium Stadium as Franklin (9-2) hosted their first ever playoff game. The results did not end up the way the Wildcats wanted as they fell to Wapakoneta (10-1), 24-13.
Things started off well for Franklin as they marched their opening drive down the field and scored on a 11-yard touchdown pass from Kevin Stewart to Everett Williams. The redskins would have none of it as they reeled off 18 unanswered points and never looked back. Stewart would finish with 144 yards and two touchdowns through the air. The second strike was a 60-yarder to Scott Dwyer to make the score 18-13.
Moving the football was not the problem for Franklin. Tailback Chris Hymer ran for 122 yards on 22 carries to balance out the Wildcats offensive attack. Three turnovers were eventually too much to overcome in the end.
Wapakoneta would follow the lead of their star fullback, Connor Pickens who racked up 189 yards rushing on 25 totes. Pickens found the end zone three times giving him 28 touchdowns on the season. The Redskins relentless push up front wore down the Wildcats in the second half.
Wapakoneta will now face #1 seeded Trotwood-Madison (11-0) next Friday night in all likelihood at Alexander Stadium in Piqua.
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