Michael Franklin, the starting quarterback who helped lead Eastside Catholic to the Class 3A state championship last December, has transferred to Hazen.
Franklin, a Simon Fraser University (B.C.) commit, threw for 2,006 yards, 27 touchdowns opposite 10 interceptions as a junior in helping guide the Crusaders to their third 3A state championship in five seasons.
Franklin, a first team all-Metro League selection last season, said he felt Hazen — a school that lost its own veteran quarterback when Jaxon Ingram and his family moved back to Oklahoma — was the best fit academically and socially for his senior year.
“It’s just a matter of a guy who’s a senior wanting to play his senior year, which I don’t fault him for,” Eastside Catholic head coach Dominic Daste said.
Lohgan “Kobe” Muasau, a junior transfer from Saint Louis School in Honolulu, Hawaii, won the job and will be Eastside Catholic’s starting quarterback. Daste said the 6-foot-1, 205-pound quarterback is cool, calm, collected and picked up the offense quickly after joining the team this summer.
Hazen finished atop the 4A NPSL Valley last season before losing to Skyview in a week 10 district matchup, 30-27.
“Coach (Chris) Bennett is a great play caller and I’m excited to play for him,” Franklin said. “I think Hazen is going to surprise some people this year.”
Daste said he had an open discussion throughout the summer with Franklin and his parents. Franklin competed with Eastside Catholic for part of the summer, including some 7-on-7 passing league competition, such as the June 10 event at Husky Stadium. Ultimately, he opted to transfer.
“I obviously wanted (Franklin) here. Two years ago we went through four QBs, struggled throughout our playoff run. I wanted depth at QB, Michael was a valuable player.”
Reporter Todd Milles contributed to this report.