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|Franklin Patriots host Wossman|
The Franklin Parish Patriots (2-4, 0-1) will be back in district 3-4A action this week as they host the Wossman Wildcats in the first of two straight district contests to be played at Patriot Stadium in the coming weeks.
The Patriots were thrown a bit in their last game at Bastrop when the game was moved up a day to avoid the rains this past weekend.
The Thursday night contest saw the Patriots go toe-to-toe with one of the top 4A programs in the state of Louisiana over the last few years.
"We played a good football game against a real good team," Franklin Parish head coach Barry 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."
Jetavious Wilson got the scoring going with a first-quarter 21-yard touchdown reception from quarterback Darren Anderson with 8:29 remaining in the first quarter.
Bastrop muffed the opening kickoff but was able to recover and drive down into Patriot territory. FPHS held the Rams to a fourth-and-one but Anderson converted for three yards on a quarterback sneak.
From their he found Wilson in the corner of the end zone to give Bastrop an early advantage.
Franklin Parish would soon take the lead on a three-yard touchdown run by Lonnie Bell that was set up by a 48-yard burst by Noble Johnson and then a Trent Williams extra-point kick gave the Patriots a 7-6 lead at the end of the first quarter. A two-yard touchdown pass from Anderson to Billy Jones and a two-point conversion run by Anthony Phillips put Bastrop ahead 14-7 and the Patriots would not get the lead again. A one-yard touchdown run by Ken Hoard in the third quarter and a Johnson run from two-yards away in the fourth pulled the Patriots to within seven points at 28-21 with Bastrop leading. Following the Johnson run, a Tyler Dooley reception from Tyler Roberts pulled the Patriots to within seven points.
Franklin Parish opted to kick the ball long instead of an onside kick and Bastrop converted three straight rushing first downs to run the remaining 1:20 off the clock and leave Franklin Parish still searching for their first district victory.
Johnson lead the offense with 79 yards rushing on 19 carries and Ricco Beckwith ran for 49 yards on 10 carries for the Patriots.
Now Wossman comes calling this week in the team's first meeting in district play.
Wossman (1-4, 0-1) moves in from Class 3A this year where they have been known for great basketball more than football.
Wossman opened the season under new head coach and athletic director Dale Zimmerman with a 64-0 victory over Madison Parish.
Zimmerman has served as the boy's basketball coach for over a decade and lead the team to a 3A state championship in 2006.
Now as the head football coach he has seen his team struggle on offense in the last four games, all loses. The Wildcats have been outscored 74-51 in the last four games as the defense has kept the team within striking distance but the offense has failed the find the end zone on a consistent basis.
The West Ouachita Chiefs downed Wossman last week 19-14. Wossman held the Chiefs scoreless in the second half but could not muster any points themselves and a 19-14 West Ouachita halftime advantage carried over to the end of the contest.
Wossman surrendered three passing touchdowns in the game and also surrendered 29 first downs compared to just seven first downs for Wossman.