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|Patriots game slated at home on Thursday|
The Franklin Parish Patriots will host the Ruston Bearcats at 6:30 p.m. Thursday night to accomodate the La. Tech-Boise State national television game that will be played Friday night in Ruston.
The decision was announced by Franklin Parish head coach Barry Sebren on Monday morning.
The game will mark the final regular season game and last district game of the season for the Patriots.
Most importantly for FPHS, it will be the last chance they have to earn their way into the Class 4A playoff brackets that will be released on Sunday afternoon.
"We want to accomidate their big national television game Louisiana Tech has Friday at Joe Ailliet Stadium," Sebren said. "We decided to play the game on Thursday night."
Last week, the bitter taste of defeat found the Patriots again as they lost at West Ouachita 7-6.
The score was locked at zero after one quarter as neither offense could find any rhythm on a wet and sloppy field.
"Neither team could get much going on that field," Sebren said. "They were getting some yards against us in that first half."
West Ouachita finally found the end zone just before halftime when running back Billy Minnifield dove in from nine yards out to give the Chiefs a 7-0 lead at the break.
A scoreless third quarter ensued as neither team found the end zone.
In the fourth, Franklin Parish scored near the end of the game on a 22 yard touchdown pass from Tyler Roberts to Tyler Dooley.
Roberts had his best night passing the ball of the season as he completed 9-of-17 pass attempts for 103 yards and no interceptions.
Following the score, the Patriots elected to go for the win. A run to the right side of the offensive line with running back Lonnie Bell fell just a half yard short of giving the lead to the Patriots.
"Looking at the film, it looked like they wanted to stop us more than we wanted to score," Sebren said. "I don't second guess myself at all on going for two."
T.J. Murphy of West Ouachita went 0-for-3 in the game passing. Franklin Parish outgained the West Ouachita offense 146-118 in total yards but had several fumbles that cost them points.
On their next to last offensive posession, a fumble inside the five-yard line that looked to be a sure touchdown ended up in the hands of the Chiefs and left the Patriots scoreless at that point.
Now the Patriots turn their attention to the Bearcats of Ruston. Ruston (7-2, 4-1 district 2-4A) who are on a four-game win streak after getting shut out in back-to-back trips to Monroe against Richwood and Neville High Schools.
Ruston features a stout rushing attack lead by running backs Carlos Wilson and JaRen Johnson. The duo combined for over 150 yards rushing against both West Ouachita and Wossman the last two weeks.