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The Franklin Parish Patriots (1-8) ended their season with a 57-20 loss at Sam Houston High School Friday night.
The win was the fourth consecutive victory for Sam Houston and aided their push into the Class 4-A playoffs beginning next week.
Sam Houston quarterback Orlan Lockhart was the catalyst of the Broncos offense. Lockhart ran through and around the FPHS defense for 108 yards rushing and three touchdowns.
Lockhart did not stop there, as he completed 3-of-11 passes for 94 yards and three touchdowns. Franklin Parish did record a second half interception to give the team good field position.
"There were not a lot of positive performances to be honest," Franklin Parish head coach Barry Sebren said. "We were not ready to play a football game."
Running back Kip Carter picked up 100 yards rushing for the Broncos who out-gained the Patriots 459-259 in total offense.
The outcome was one that could have been much different if not for the turnovers and penalties mounted by the Patriots.
Four turnovers hampered FPHS from getting any rhythm offensively and left the defense on the field way too long.
"We have way too many mistakes a good football cannot make," Sebren said. "We would have had a chance if we had held onto the football, but the execution was just not there."__Sam Houston will now take their 5-4 record on the road in the first round of the Class 4-A playoffs when they visit Breaux Bridge this Friday night.
Tony Shaw again led the rushing attack of Franklin Parish with a good night against a stellar Sam Houston defensive front.
Sidney McMillan scored a touchdown in the final game of his junior campaign at quarterback. The Patriots have a large number of returning players that should assist in moving the program forward.
"We have grown our numbers from twenty-six to over sixty," Sebren said. "We had a lot of sophomores and juniors who will grow-up and if they continue to improve we will be alright."
Sebren stressed that the strength and maturity factor is a big factor in moving the program into the win column.
"At the end of the day the wins is all that matters," Sebren said. "The players improved but we don't have wins to show for it."
One major factor that the coaches that Franklin Parish coaches want to get under way is the junior high school running the same system.
"All the successful programs," Sebren said. "From West Ouachita, to West Monroe, and Neville, they all have feeder schools running the same offenses. I will not make anybody run the same offense we do, but it sure would help our program get better in a lot of ways."_