Franklin must have felt like it went into Friday's Sac-Joaquin Section Division I football semifinal against Granite Bay with one hand - make that leg - tied behind its back.
The Wildcats' three leading rushers, seniors Kyran Harris, Christian Fonbuena and Steven Rogers, who had combined for 2,480 yards and 36 touchdowns, were all banged up.
So they had almost no impact in the Wildcats' 37-7 loss to the Grizzlies.
Fonbuena did not have a carry from scrimmage. Rogers carried twice for three yards and had a fumble. Harris had two carries for minus four yards.
That left Trevon Lampley (10 carries, 46 yards) and Joey Banks (seven carries, 10 yards) to try to fill the gap while playing defense, too.
Franklin also had several other players battling injuries, but coaches like the Wildcats' Mike Johnson are loathe to mention because they don't want to appear to be whining, making excuses or downplaying a strong effort by their opponents.
Even diehard Franklin followers agreed that Granite Bay's defense is the real deal, especially its helmet-rattling linebacking corps.