FRANKLIN, Ky. (WBKO)-- The Franklin-Simpson Wildcats football team is gearing up for their second straight state championship and hope to get some revenge, taking on defending state champ Johnson Central 3:30 pm CT Saturday.
"All these kids for the most part, except for the freshman, have been there and that experience is invaluable," head coach Doug Preston said. "I'm sure Johnson Central felt the same way last year."
In a rematch of last year's state final game that had the Golden Eagles force a running clock to win the title 48-0, snapping the Wildcats' undefeated season in the process.
"This year we're trying not to walk into the game with our heads blew up too much," senior Steven Starks said. "I feel like last year we felt like we had it made and we just didn't go in with enough fight but this year we're a different team."
Preston and the Wildcats say they believe the talent is still there at Johnson Central, but they feel they're more mentally prepared to play on the big stage this time around.
"The only difference is they're even bigger than they were last year," Preston said. "It'll be the same beast out there. They're pretty darn good."
"Last year we never lost a game so I say we kind of came in expecting, Hey, we're not going to lose this one either,' senior Rylan Thomas said. "We struggled early. We lost three games early in the season and we've just been winning. I think we're really prepared this year."