KNIGHTS MAKE IT THREE STRAIGHT
Kyle Franklin spent four quarters trying to soothe the pain of an ankle he hurt early in the game Nov. 23.
He jogged on the sidelines.
He repeatedly went out of the game, and went back in. He lied on his back, and had trainers stretch his leg out to loosen it up.
He didn't stop running, though.
"I would say running minimized the pain, because it was hurting," said Franklin, IC Catholic Prep's sophomore running back. "The more running I did, the looser I got."
He was looking limber late.
Franklin's 60-yard fourth-quarter touchdown, his second of the night, capped off a spectacular season and playoffs.
It sent the Knights past Bishop McNamara 31-21 in the Class 4A final, IC Catholic's third straight state championship.
Franklin, bum ankle and all, ran for 227 yards and two TDs on 22 carries for IC Catholic Prep (14-0). The Knights, back-to-back 3A champions in 2016 and 2017, won their fifth state title in three classes.
Also in Champaign, Montini took second place in Class 5A, losing to Joliet Catholic in the final.