Updated: 2:19 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016 | Posted: 2:05 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016

Franklin welcoming Valley View for unbeaten SWBL showdown


Franklin welcoming Valley View for unbeaten SWBL showdown photo
Carlisle’s Brad Harrison is caught in the end zone by Franklin’s Noah Kremer for a safety at Atrium Stadium in Franklin on Aug. 26. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY E.L. HUBBARD

By Laurel Pfahler

Contributing Writer


Franklin High School football coach Brad Childers said he has seen a new level of confidence since his team collected a signature win over Edgewood in Week 2.

But the first thing he reminded the Wildcats about this week was to stay the course.

That’s a message that applies every week, but especially now as Franklin prepares to host Valley View on Friday in a Southwestern Buckeye League matchup of 4-0 teams. It’s also a game featuring two teams ranked No. 1 in their respective regions in the first OHSAA football computer ratings — Franklin in Division III, Region 12 and Valley View in Division IV, Region 16.

“The biggest thing is just keeping the main thing the main thing,” Childers said. “We know it’s going to be a playoff-type environment with two 4-0 teams, so we have to focus on the game. We have to focus on ourselves and not get focused on who we are playing. We have to stay on our blocks, we have to tackle well and we have to secure the football, which will all ultimately dictate the outcome.

“It will be exciting, a neat environment, and if we don’t do anything to beat ourselves, we’ll have a chance to win.”

Franklin was able to overcome five turnovers to hold off Valley View 21-18 last year, but both appear much improved teams since then. Both finished 5-5 last year.

The Spartans, playing a more attack-style defense in Bob Skidmore’s first season as head coach, have held their last three opponents to a combined 10 points, and they’ve outscored opponents 164-44 through four games.

“They are a rich football tradition, much like we are,” Childers said. “They are always well-coached. Every year we play, they play hard, physical, and they are not going to make a lot of mistakes. Last year we turned the ball over five times and were still able to win; however, we know we can’t do that again and expect the same outcome.”

The Valley View offense centers around two Collins. Quarterback Collin Wood has completed 26 of 50 passes for 530 yards and 10 touchdowns while running for another 258 yards and two scores, and running back Collin Genslinger accounts for 444 yards and five touchdowns on the ground.

Just as the Spartans have the ability to go through the air or on the ground, the Wildcats can do both with two different quarterbacks allowing them to make the most of the talent around them and whatever the defense is giving them.

Ryan Montgomery gives an added punch to the running game, leading the team with 341 yards and seven touchdowns, while Braden White has completed 76 percent of his passes for 378 yards, five touchdowns and no interceptions while splitting snaps.

“It makes it difficult because they have so many athletes playing different places, and when they move them around, we have to keep track of where everyone is,” Skidmore said. “What’s really impressive is they seem to be so good at everything. They have playmakers on offense and defense, on special teams they’re making plays. There are no glaring weaknesses. They are good at it all.”

Friday’s game

What: Valley View (4-0, 0-0 SWBL Southwestern) at Franklin (4-0, 1-0 SWBL Southwestern), 7 p.m.

Where: Veterans Memorial Field at Atrium Stadium, 301 E. Sixth St., Franklin

Last meeting: Franklin won 21-18 in 2015


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