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|La. Patriots on the field; a few familiar faces back on the gridiron|
The Louisiana Patriots (0-1) semi-professional football team will be back in Winnsboro this Saturday night at 7 p.m. when they host the Spring Heat in their second of five scheduled home games to be played at Franklin Parish High School's Patriot Stadium.
The Patriots are coming off a 13-6 loss to the Houston Cardinals in the first ever semi-pro game played at Patriot Stadium in Winnsboro.
The Patriots scored first just minutes into the game but missed the extra point which gave them a 6-0 lead midway through the first quarter.
Houston (1-0) opened the second quarter with a drive deep into Patriot territory that ended with a touchdown run and a 7-6 lead for Houston.
The Cardinals held the lead after two unsuccessful drives by Louisiana that lead to the
Cardinals taking a 13-6 ad-vantage into the lockers at halftime.
Neither team could find any kind of solid offensive consistency in the second half with turnovers and punts becoming the norm in both the third and fourth quarter of play.
The Houston defense held the running game of the Patriots in check for the entire second half after some successful first down runs by the Patriots gave them good field position opportunities in the opening half.
The Heat will come to Winnsboro looking for their second-consecutive win. The team out of the Houston suburbs will be a good match-up against the defensive power of the Patriots. The Patriots will be looking to make huge improvements along the offensive line and pass blocking this week to establish a more potent and successful offensive attack.
Putting all the pieces together this quickly is a challenge the teams players and staff look forward to as they compete for their first win of 2010.
The team was relocated from Alexandria to Winnsboro by team owner Vernon Mills after a banner debut last season.
In their first season in the TLSWA, the Patriots won conference and league championship. The team is currently operating as a non-profit organization and team officials said they decided to play in Winnsboro this season because of the high number of players from Franklin Parish and the surrounding area.