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|Patriots fall to North De Soto, 42-18|
A costly virus of penalties, turnovers and speed have the Franklin Parish Patriots nursing a 42-18 loss to DeSota since last Friday night.
Although Franklin Parish (0-2) was able to grab momentum early with a 12-yard touchdown pass from Sidney McMillan to Nick Williams in the opening minutes of the game, the good feelings did not last long.
Dennis Graham quickly stole the Patriots thunder with a 12-yard touchdown run of his own to tie the score at 6-6.
Mydarius Trent brought the thrill back when he opened the second quarter scoring with a 24-yard jaunt down the sideline to give FPHS a 12-6 lead. The two teams tried multiple two-point conversions that were unsuccessful.
"The game was close for a long while," Patriots head coach Barry Sebren said. "We just became ineffective on offense after halftime."
A pair of second half turnovers and 16 total penalties offset a tremendous rushing offense for the Patriots.
FPHS had 316 yards rushing in the game. Trent finished with 94 yards and a score, and Toney Shaw finished with 59 yards and another score to pace the Patriots.
Sidney McMillan added 30 yards passing on 2-of-9 for FPHS. McMillan did not have to drop back a lot in the game because of the success of the rushing attack from the Patriots.
Speed was a major factor. The Patriots could not match the offensive speed of North DeSoto in the second half.
"We got our run game going pretty good," Sebren said. "They had team speed we could not match out there though."
Being better-conditioned and cutting down on penalties will be a main focus of the coaching staff this week. The Rayville Hornets come calling this Friday night.
"They are so athletic," Sebren said. "We have to be better conditioned and be in the right spots to beat them. I know they will be ready to play and we will too."
Kickoff at Patriots Stadium is scheduled for 7 p.m.