Lakota’s Franks tallies career game in win at Fremont St. Joe, 42-7

FREMONT — Lakota coach Mike Lento is a passionate coach.

So when given his chance to make a statement for how good Trevor Franks is, Lento did not hold back.

“Trevor Franks is the best back and he is an all-Ohio kid — offensively and defensively,” Lento said.

It is hard to argue with Lento’s assessment after Franks racked up 37 carries for a school-record 386 yards and six touchdowns as the Raiders crushed Fremont St. Joseph, 42-7, in Sandusky Bay Conference River Division action Saturday.

“Our line does a great job up front for us,” Lento said. “We are going to keep doing this and we are going to keep grinding. People are going to see it on film. Trevor is a workhorse and he does a great job. He is a great leader and he is just our guy.”

The six touchdowns ties a school record. Franks could have broke that record too, but Lento put his backups in after the game got into a running clock situation.

“They didn’t do anything tonight that we didn’t think they were going to do. They give him the ball every play against every team they play,” SJCC coach Brian Spicer said. “A Division V team against a Division VII team and they want to run the ball every play? Whatever. If we had the horses, what would they do then? What kind of offense are you running over there? One that works for what you got against teams that aren’t build to stop it. Their record isn’t that much better than ours. It may get you a win against us, but it obviously doesn’t work all the time.”

Franks got started early as the Raiders (3-5 overall, 2-2 SBC River) received the opening kickoff. He covered 56 yards over five carries — the last 15 yards for the touchdown. Logan Streacker added the first of six extra points and Lakota led, 7-0.

The Streaks (2-6, 1-3) picked up a first down off of a Lakota penalty, but Franks sacked SJCC quarterback Chase Harrison to halt the drive.

Lakota and Franks went back to work. This time, it was 57 yards over eight plays that included an 11-yard run from David Frye. In the end, Franks scored from two yards out and it was 14-0 with 3:08 left in the first quarter.

“Trevor’s vision has grown immensely since his sophomore year to where he is at now,” Lento said. “He has the confidence in the guys in front of him too. You are seeing us mesh in our offense. We are mashing the guys in front of us.”

The Raiders’ defense came through on the next SJCC drive. Ben Hovis intercepted Harrison and returned it 51 yards. Franks scored on another 2-yard run on the first play of the second quarter for a 21-0 advantage.

“I’m not going to talk about him,” Spicer said. “You give him the ball 100 times… it is whatever.”

The Streaks got into Lakota territory when Harrison completed a 34-yard pass to Logan Johnson. But Franks helped the Raiders defense stiffen, as an incomplete pass and two sacks by Franks ended the drive.

Lakota then put together it’s longest drive of the night as Josh Matz and Logan Streacker each had carries. But, it was Franks at the end with an 11-yard run for the score.

“Our line played really well,” Franks said. “Our fullbacks played really well. We kept on pushing through.”

Hovis added a second interception and the Raiders led 28-0 at halftime.

“We have been challenging our kids,” Lento said. “A big problem in some of our early games is we were not making plays. If we can continue to create those situations for us, we are going to put ourselves in successful situations.”

The only score for the Streaks came to open the second half. SJCC picked up two first downs before Harrison hooked up with Caden Strecker for a 30-yard touchdown.

Franks responded with a 56-yard touchdown with 4:44 left in the third quarter. Then, SJCC drove to the Lakota 5-yard line, but again turned the ball over on downs to end a drive.

Franks picked up chunks of yards as the Streaks continued to wear down. Franks had runs of 16, 11, 11, and 10 yards before exploding for a 30-yard touchdown for the game’s last score.

“Whether he was running the ball or someone else, we are not build to stop a power run game,” Spicer said. “Last year we could. You want to talk about last year what he did? He did not do anything against us last year. Why not? Because we had guys up front that could handle him and we do not have those guys this year.”

Lakota as a team ran 44 times for 415 yards.

The Raiders have now won four of the last six meetings against SJCC including three straight in Fremont.

“We are going to continue to do what we do,” Lento said. “We are getting guys back and I am proud of them. Our guys have stayed the course and really bonded as a group.”