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Tasks accomplished by the Franklin football team with its 41-10 regular-season closing rout of Kenosha Tremper on Oct. 14.

The final touch on a school-record fourth straight Southeast Conference title and a top seed in the WIAA D1 playoff southeast bracket.

And, oh yes, lots of parents made happy with lots of reserves getting to play in the second half of the victory.

"It went just about the way we wanted," said coach Louis Brown after the WIAA seeding meeting on Oct. 15. "We got the starters out in the second half, and a lot of kids got to play, and now we can get ready for the playoffs."

The Sabers, 7-0 in the Southeast and 8-1 overall, will host eighth-seeded Milwaukee Hamilton (6-3) at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21, in a Level 1 playoff game. If they win, they will host the winner of Kenosha Bradford and Oak Creek in an Oct. 28 Level 2 contest.

Brown still is unsure of the ceiling of this youthful, underdog team that is not as deep or as talented as last year's thunderous squad, but he's certain that it wants to go far in these playoffs.

"What we've done so far is wonderful and amazing," he said. "This team reminds me of some of our more successful teams where they didn't have the highest of expectations but still went far. This group is like that, but I know they have higher expectations than just being conference champions."

Which they nailed down emphatically with the win over Tremper. The score was 35-0 at the break as Max Alba hit 13 of 18 passes for 204 yards and three TDs, Jake Stauber caught two of them for a combined 61 yards (exact scoring details were unavailable) and Jacob Baumgardt caught one from 3 yards out.

Brown said Alba continues to impress.

"You don't realize how good he is until you go out there and see him," Brown said.

Ethan Wittenburg caught three passes for 52 yards and Kyle Lewis three for 35. Both Mitchell Alba and Matthew Devinger completed two of three passes each in the second half. Tanner Dykstra ran five times for 39 yards and two TDs, while Derrick Jones had five carries for 45 yards.

The defense held Tremper to just 150 total yards, including just 19 on the ground. Lineman Hawk Wimmer continued his amazing season with nine total tackles and a sack, while 2015 All-Suburban choice lineman Latron Kirk-Sprewer had seven tackles, including a sack. Mitch Dykstra had six tackles with a sack.

"We came out of the gate really well in this one," said Brown. "It's not helpful sometimes to end the regular season with two teams that are struggling because we know we have to get better. We just can't take two weeks off before the playoffs. Right now, we just want to keep doing what we're doing because we know we'll have our shots at some big things (down the line)."

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