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It will be another chance to rid their minds of a recent disappointing loss this week as the Franklin Parish Patriots (2-2) prepare to host the Carroll Bulldogs from Monroe.
The Patriots fought hard to get to a victory last week against a talented Oak Grove team, but could not get over the hump as they fell in overtime, 26-20.
Leading 20-13 with under two minutes left to play, a Franklin Parish interception seemed to seal the deal for FPHS. The Patriots then fumbled the ball near the 10-yard line which lead to Jay Pippin scoring on a two-yard run with just 50 seconds left. Once in overtime, the Patriots faced a fourth-down from the Oak Grove 23-yard line.
"It was not really in Trent's (Williams) range," Franklin Parish head coach Barry Sebren said. "I thought it gave us just as good a chance as any other play we could have called. He had made some kicks in practice that were mid-thirty range."
Franklin Parish starting quarterback Tyler Roberts finished the contest 8-of-16 for 141 yards and kept the Patriots right their until the very end.
"We played a good football game against a real good team," Sebren said. "I felt like we were the better team the entire game. Afterwards, we just told them how proud of them we were for their effort."
The Franklin Parish defense rose to the occasion against a talented Oak Grove rushing attack. Oak Grove running back Kendrick Johnson came into the game averaging over 200 yards per contest but was held to just 110 against the Patriots Friday night.
A former district foe, the Carroll Bulldogs, will come to Patriot Stadium this Friday night for a 7 p.m. kickoff against the Patriots.
Carroll (3-1) is coming off their first loss of the season when they lost to the Neville Tigers last week, 37-13.
Carroll quarterback Xavier Gray will be the biggest threat to FPHS this week, the senior has shown the ability the past three seasons to get the job done with either his feet or his strong throwing arm.
"I think playing teams like Lake Providence and Mangham prepared us well for an offense like Carroll," Sebren said. "I think that the guys will continue to work hard and not let this type of loss bother them too much."
The most improvement that the Patriots need to improve upon quickly is the offensive line.
"We have got to become more intense on the offensive line this week," Sebren said. "They have to step up and block better. We have had some mediocre effort so far."