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|Committment to the Patriot cause|
By Cody Futrell
Rain has wreaked havoc on football practice fields over the last week. As wet fields begin to dry, Franklin Parish is putting in schemes for the jamboree at Bastrop on Friday night.
Bastrop, the defending 4-A state champions the past two seasons will give the Patriots a sneak peek at what they will have to do to be successful this season.
"We have had to work around the weather," Franklin Parish head coach Barry Sebren said. "We have already put seventy percent of the offensive plays into practice now we just have to fine tune some things."
Some of those things will be making sure that the defensive sets are in place to compete against a high octane offense in Bastrop.
The Rams move nationally recruited athlete Rueben Randall to quarterback this season which will give them a wealth of athleticism and speed at that position just like in years past.
An intersquad scrimmage last Friday revealed the offense still has work to do to be a formidable task for opposing defenses.
"At the scrimmage, our defense was ahead of the starting offense," Sebren said. "We are dividing the team into two parts and making a depth chart right now."
Sebren has stressed commitment to the program and the team as the vocal point of his message to the community this week.
A Wednesday night meeting saw Sebren explain that missing practice is not a good thing and that parents and players have to more committed to the team if things are going to turn around in Franklin Parish.
"We had a Come to Jesus meeting so to speak," Sebren said. "We had 67 kids in for physicals this week."
Those numbers are over twenty more players than what reported for the first day of practice on August 11.
Following the jamboree in Bastrop, the Patriots begin regular season play on Friday, Sept. 5 at 5-A contender Captain Shreve.
Helping guide the Patriots this season are assistant coaches Lynn Middleton – QB/WR, Rick Barry – RB, Whitney McCartney – OL, Joe Pervis – DL, Kirk Curtis – DB, Saun Norris – LB, Ray Butler – DC, Wystere Kerry and Damien Crockett - freshman coaches.