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|Patriots pads popping|
By Cody Futrell
Whistles blowing and pads popping in the warm August air marked the beginning of fall football practice at Franklin Parish High School on Monday.
Approximately 50 players reported to school when Coach Barry Sebren and his staff put the team through the first day drills preparing them for the season ahead in competitive district 2-4A.
"Our numbers are where we expected," FPHS head coach Barry Sebren said. "We were missing about fifteen kids. Some people just are not back from vacations and being out of town."
Travis Sims, a linebacker, is a senior who is being counted on to lead a young Patriot defense against some of Class 4A's elite offenses. The coaches were pleased with his first day of practice for Franklin Parish.
"Travis is a kid who is probably going to have a great year," Sebren said. "We are really looking for him to take a role as a leader."
When asked what his main concern is, Sebren responded by pointing out his team is still very raw in technique.
"We do some stuff bad technically Sebren said. "We have to give these guys repetition and become more football savvy."
One noticeable difference during the first practice was the move of Jimmie Douglas to the nose tackle position where the Patriots may go with a three linemen set to offset depth concerns on the defensive line.
"We have to do what our personnel can do," Sebren said. "We are most likely looking at a 3-3 alignment up front."
Sidney McMillan is currently impressing coaches the most at the quarterback positions as he and Cody Hughes compete for the majority of snaps at that position.
McMillan showed a great long ball arm and control of the offense early Monday. Coaches feel his upside as far as big play ability is what sets McMillan apart from the rest of the team.
Practice continues afternoons this week with the Patriots working toward a jamboree at Bastrop August 29.