HomeHIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: State leads Joshua Franklin’s Crete-Money to state playoffs

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: State leads Joshua Franklin’s Crete-Money to state playoffs

Joshua Franklin and his coach, John Konecki, were so caught up in the moment they didn’t realize what had happened when Krit Money played Thornwood on September 17.

“I didn’t know at all,” said Franklin, the Warriors quarterback.

But his mother did.

“My mom asked me to ask the stats guard [about his numbers]Franklin said. “He told me I was amazed.”

Who wouldn’t be? Franklin put video game numbers in Crete’s 78-18 win: 469 yards total and eight touchdowns—340 yards and six TDs passing, 129 yards and two speeding manes.

Konecki said he was just focusing on the next play all night long.

“[The game] It was back and forth and we just exploded.” “I got the stats sheet and was like, ‘Oh. Yeah.’ … It was one of those deals where someone was in that state of flux.”

Usually, Franklin flows from one sport to the next. When he was younger at 6 feet 167 pounds, he did five of them: soccer, baseball, basketball, track and wrestling.

So far in high school, he’s still doing four, splitting his winter time between football and wrestling.

“I have to talk to both coaches to work on schedule,” said Franklin, who doesn’t want to give up on either. “I’ve been playing both since I was little.”

The same for football, where he started with University Park Lions.

“He came in as a freshman, played a little bit at university, and we got to see a little bit of the sport,” Konecki said. “Then COVID hit.”

But even the pandemic didn’t slow Franklin’s pace. He worked at home and did a few events seven through seven on a team that was thrown together for the purpose with some friends from his younger football days.

Konecki marvels at Franklin’s engine. “Go, go, go – it’s been this way forever,” said the coach. I tell him, ‘It’s okay sometimes to stay on the couch. “

Joshua Franklin of Crete Money (7) is preparing to start the match after scoring his third goal against Kankakee last season.
Allen Cunningham / The Sun Times

But sport is life for Franklin. He was a state medalist in the triple jump during the spring season, and he’s starting to get the Big Ten and Mid-American Conference interested in football.

Konecki trained some of the elite athletes in Crete. Two arrived in the NFL – Laquon Treadwell and Lance Lenoir – and two others – Trayvon Rudolph and Clint Ratkovich – currently play in Northern Illinois.

“It reminds me of these guys when they were younger,” Konecki said of Franklin.

Could Franklin reach similar heights? His coach is not betting on it.

“He’s a great leader, and he’s got a great kid,” Konecki said.

The scariest thing for opponents? Franklin is still used to playing quarterback after coming to high school as a wide receiver and a defensive back and kick return (he still does the latter two).

He said, “I went through some matches where I made some mistakes.” “I’m still learning the position, but I have a great quarterback coach [Quincy Woods]. “

And as the numbers showed that September night, he got it.