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|Franklin Parish travels to Bastrop|
The Franklin Parish Patriots (2-3) will be walking into a place where few visitors have survived the past five years as they prepare to be the homecoming opponent of the Bastrop Rams (4-1) on Friday night with a 7 p.m. kickoff.
The Patriots are coming off a very disappointing effort against former district rival Carroll in which the Bulldogs outplayed the Patriots in every phase of the game en route to a 28-0 victory over Franklin Parish.
Trailing just 14-0 at halftime, Franklin Parish felt as if they could muster enough offense to make a few plays and get back into the contest after watching Carroll running back Tyree Hollins go 20-yards and quarterback Xavier Gray scamper in to the end zone from 26-yards out.
"I have seen us play bad and come come back in the first half before," Franklin Parish Barry Sebren said. "I was not panicked. I thought we could come out and get back in the game but we just did not give the effort needed to win. They wanted it a lot more than we did and that was disappointing."
What Sebren called a blocking error led to a costly FPHS fumble let left the hands of running back Noble Johnson and into the hands of a Carroll defender inside the Carroll 10-yard line. The Patriots had three costly turnovers last week.
"As coaches, when we looked at the film, we saw poor effort," Sebren said. "We didn't play like we deserved to win."
The Patriots forced their own fumble in the third quarter and could not capitalize and were stuffed on four straight plays by a fired up Carroll defense.
Noble Johnson finished the game with 85 yards rushing and FPHS had 136 yards rushing as a team. Carroll ran for 204 yards and quarterback Xavier Gray went 8-of-11 for 81 yards. Backup Carroll signal caller Tyree Collins went deep to Josh Tarver on a late passing touchdown to put the game out of reach. Pierre Martin, working his way back into the Carroll line-up after a three-game suspension by head coach Jackie Hamilton.
Franklin Parish will now turn their attention to the Bastrop Rams who are coming off a 24-12 loss at Alabama Class 1A powerhouse Sweet Water last Friday night
"We are hoping that Bastrop is a little suseptable," Sebren said. "We would like to keep it a low scoring game from a defensive standpoint and give our offense a chance to get things going in the right direction."
Bastrop quarterback Darren Anderson takes over for all-american Reuben Randle in 2009. Randle now starts at wide out for LSU. Anderson has thrown for eight touchdowns and only three interceptions this season. Running back JaVante Watson is questionable for the game for the Rams after a injury against Sweet Water. The injury could give the Patriot defense trouble in preparations because not knowing if Watson will play or not this week.
"They were running more power-I formation until the running back got hurt," Sebren said. "They went back to shotgun after that like last year, so you have to prepare for everything."
Bastrop has defeated Franklin Parish by 40+ points each of the last two seasons.