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|Franklin Parish falls to Delhi Charter|
The Franklin Parish Patriots (0-1) will be heading back to Richland Parish on Friday night for a 7 p.m. kickoff against the Class 1A Delhi Bears (1-0).
The Patriots continue to be frustrated by what their head coach Barry Sebren calls "Bone head plays" and let their own mental mistakes put their winning goals in jeopardy early in the season.
"We played hard but did not play smart," Franklin Parish head coach Barry Sebren said.
"They had a good game plan and their defense was in the right spots. We missed some key blocks. We had a couple of players on a ninety-eight yard fumble return for a touchdown that peeled back and took a cheap shot at some of their players not like winners, but like losers. After reviewing the film, they should have been ejected."
Four different Patriot drives were halted by personal foul penalties. The Franklin team was flagged for five in all.
"The Offense kept shooting itself in the foot," Sebren said. "We have to stop making mistakes and turning the football over in crucial situations."
The contest was tied 6-6 shortly after a 6-0 Patriot halftime lead faded away in the third quarter. Delhi Charter running back Randy Julian ran for 185 and three touchdowns on 32 carries in the game and tied the game early in the third with a scoring run.
Delhi Charter could not push past the Franklin Parish defense in the first half and were even halted on two different fourth down attempts that saw the Patriots stand tall.
Junior fullback Noble Johnson was a star on offense for the Patriots with 103 yards and two touchdowns to lead the offense in yards.
"Offensively we are not doing enough to make things happen," Sebren said. "We are not getting any production out of our running backs. They are not running or blocking hard and that is because they are not practicing hard."
This week at Delhi, coaches would like to improve the Patriots in picking up their assignments and get the offense moving the football into the endzone with more regularity.
The multiple pro formation looks the Bear offense will show the Patriot defense will be a new look over what DCS did a week ago, yet the rushing emphasis should mean the Delhi Charter contest gave the Patriots the opportunity to get better and get ready for this Friday night's contest.
"We have to play smarter and play better assignment football," Sebren said. "I thought we played pretty well defensively against Delhi Charter. The penalties and bone head plays cost us the game."