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|Cougars pounce with home win|
After a week of turmoil and confusion, Franklin Academy's football team responded with its second-ever MPSA district win, defeating Cenla Christian 14-7 in Winnsboro Saturday.
The game was pushed back one day by Hurricane Gustav.
"We didn't have any trouble at the school, where we had problems was with families with their houses and roads flooded and no electricity," said Franklin coach Keith Tincknell. "We tried to get something done early Monday and then watched films with everybody we could get on Wednesday. The kids really overcame a lot to get the win."
Franklin Academy improved to 1-1 on the season.
The Cougars scored first with 4:58 remaining in the first quarter as Josh Chaudoin passed five yards to Shelby Zeagler for the score, but the conversion failed.
After Cenla returned the second half kickoff for a touchdown for a 7-6 lead, Franklin took the lead for good late in the third quarter on a 7-yard run by Dusty Barefield. Chaudoin passed to Zeagler on the conversion.
Franklin's defense stopped Cenla three times in Cougar territory in the final period.
"The kids worked hard and did everything we asked them," Thincknell said. "They overcame a lot of adversity and showed a lot of character."
Thincknell said his offense did a good job of controlling the ball.
"We went to the I formation and got great offensive line play and Dusty did a great job of running the ball," Thincknell said. "Parker Caylor and Josh did a great job of playing within the system and moving the ball."
Franklin visits Tallulah Friday.
"In a sense this is a short week since we played on Saturday," Thicknell said. "The coaches really did not have but one day to prepare. Tallulah is much improved from last year. They are a very good disciplined team, very physical and hard-hitting. They are very well coached."
Thicknell said the open week on August 29 when the Cougars were originally scheduled to play Tensas was beneficial.
"We had a lot of injuries and would have had trouble fielding a decent team," he said. "But everyone seems to be getting over their nicks and bruises."