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|8-man football begins at FA on Friday|
Franklin Academy hopes to turn its limited experience in a new football format into wins for its team and fun for its fans, beginning this week.
The Cougars gave up regular high school football in favor of an eight-man league following last season.
They open the 2009 Season Friday night at home beginning at 7 p.m. as host of the Ridgeland, Miss., team, The Veritor School, which also dropped from regular football to an eight-man format after last year.
"There're no videos on them," said Cougar Coach Doyle Hassell, "so we can't say too much about them. They decided to change to eight-man play late last year so they are not in one of the Mississippi districts."
"We're going to try to build on what we did last week," Hassell added.
Last week the Cougars hosted a three-way scrimmage and posted a 6-0 win over Rebul and dropped a 22-8 decision to Tensas Academy in an abbreviated game situation scrimmage. It was the only scrimmage the Cougars could work in before start of the season.
Tensas Academy not only took the measure of the hosting Cougars last Friday, but stopped Rebul as well.
Logan Mason hauled in a 50-yard pass from Colton Monnin to give the Cougars the only score against Rebul and C. J. Hawkins scored on a 12-yard run with Mason adding a two-point PAT in the loss to Tensas.
"A lot of our supporters said they really enjoyed the scrimmage," Hassell said. "They really enjoyed it because it's basic football, running, catching and tackling, basic football.
"I think both the team and the fans are going to have a positive experience," with the eight man format.
Franklin Academy's schedule had an opening week bye which was filled with The Vertor School. The Cougars have an 11-game schedule in a season which includes two bye weeks.