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|Patriots down Wossman in OT|
The Franklin Parish Patriots (3-4, 1-2 district 3-4A) prepare for one of the state of Louisiana's top teams in the Neville Tigers this week after a thrilling 20-19 overtime victory over Wossman High School last Friday night.
The Patriots scored on a nine-yard touchdown run by running back Darrius Foy and Trent Williams made the play of the game with a game-winning point after kick that sealed the win for Franklin Parish.
"The difference in the game was the snap, the hold, and the kick," Franklin Parish head coach Barry Sebren said. "We did not play smart on the offensive side in the second half.
We had too many penalties and false starts. We did play well enough to win in certain areas."
Wossman took the first possession in overtime and scored on a run by star running back Herdurius Scott.
The overtime period came after a 13-13 halftime score held true throughout the second half as fumbles and inept offensive productions from both teams kept the score deadlocked.
Noble Johnson again led the Patriots on the ground with 137 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries. Keidrick Johnson rushed for 21 yards and a score on five carries preceding the overtime plunge to the goaline by Foy.
Scott finished with 120 yards on 19 carries for Wossman and quarterback Emmanuel Abrams completed 8-of-19 pass attempts for 78 yards and a touchdown The Patriot defense had three takeaways on the night with two interceptions and a fumble recovery.
Now the 6-1 Neville Tigers, ranked No.2 in the LSWA class 4A poll comes to town for the biggest home game of the year for the Patriots.
The weather has cleared and this week should not be a muddy mess as some other atmospheres have been throughout much of the 2009 football season in north Louisiana.
"I feel like our field is in as good of a shape as any in north Louisiana," Sebren said. "The conditions should be much better this week."
Neville is coming off a 29-7 win over West Ouachita in which the Neville running game showed its might against the Chiefs on a wet and sloppy field.
While Louisiana Tech commitment Taylor Burch at quarterback gets a lot of attention while throwing for over 150 yards per game, the Neville rushing attack is setting Burch up quite nicely this season with Ricco Pollard and Jeremy Runner making big plays each game for the Tigers.
"The key is going to be slowing their rushing game," Sebren said. "We have to take care of that because they have some real talent there."
Kickoff at Patriot Stadium is set for 7 p.m. this Friday night.