Posted On: 09/7/20 2:00 PM

Since 2015, the Fridley Tigers’ football program has been a regular in Class AAAA state tournament. They have represented Section 4 every year but one in that time. Last season was perhaps the best of that run. They won ten straight games before falling in the state quarterfinals. The previous three seasons, Josh FranklinJoshFranklin6'3" | DLFridley | 2021StateMN has been – literally - right in the middle of it all.

"We were exceptional all around," Franklin said. "We had some flaws on offense and defense, but we had a great bond by the end of the year. That probably made our 10-0 streak what it was. We all connected well. I am glad we have a lot of players coming back."

The Tigers’ success’s keys were balance on offense and making sure opposing offenses could not be balanced.

"On offense, we were a passing team, but we could still run the ball when we needed to," Franklin explained. "Defensively, our defensive line was holding down the line. We forced teams to pass, and our secondary was amazing."

Franklin has been a two-way player since his sophomore year and a varsity contributor since his freshman season.

"I played nose tackle, the 5’11" 210-pound

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