Franklin has scored 40 points this season. Conneaut Area has scored 26. Neither team has won. Going into this Friday's game, the Knight's have to think this is their best shot at a win this season.
"We can't go in thinking this is a winnable game. If we do that we're in trouble," said Franklin head coach Matt Turk. "We have to prepare just like we prepared for every other team."
Turk said he has a lot of respect for CASH and their coaching staff.
Though Conneaut has scored fewer points than Franklin, they have also allowed fewer points. More than 100 less.
"It is critically important that we're dedicated to the future."
Turk's three years have so far only produced two wins - his very first game on the road against Titusville in the COVID shortened season and last year against CASH, also on the road. This year he came in with some bigger players who were returning to play football after a couple years off, but injuries have rattled the whole team. As a result he is playing more junior varsity players. These players enter the Friday night games on short rest and playing two full games each week.
"The JV kids are showing great signs of growth and the junior high is having a winning season," Turk said. "We are working hard toward the future. It's going to pay huge dividends in the end."
Turk said people don't always understand what it means to rebuild a program. "You have to peel back the onion, it's all in the hidden stuff. We're looking at all aspects of the program. It is critically important that we're dedicated to the future."
Their immediate future is the last team they beat and who are also winless so far this season.
Route 8 Rivalry is a website dedicated the long history of the Oil City and Franklin football rivalry by former sports editor Penny Weichel. It is an amazing labor of love and valuable resource for history. It is our go-to here at 8and322.com.