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|Hoard to provide FPHS leadership|
When thinking about the word "leadership" at Franklin Parish High School, the Patriot football program looks no further than running back Ken Hoard. Hoard will enter his senior year with a 3.4 GPA and one of the best stat lines on the Franklin Parish offense. It is safe to say Hoard has been a good leader on and off the field over the past four years. But it even started well before then as Hoard began his football playing career at the middle school level in Baskin in 2005.
"He is a consistent leader that leads by example." FPHS head coach Barry Sebren said. "You never have to ask him to do something twice. You love to coach a kid like Ken and you wish all your players would try to be more like him."
Hoard is coming off a junior season where he spent as much time on the sideline with injuries as in the game, but still managed to dominate much of the time on the field. Hoard rushed for 300 yards and four touchdowns in 2009 and will also play a few series at quarterback this fall for the Patriots.
Hoard was hounded by a hip flexor and high ankle sprain in the middle of the season last year that caused him to miss at least part of several games.
"He missed a couple games in the middle of the season," Sebren said. "He played a little in every game then he would reaggravate the injuries."
The fact that Franklin Parish High School lacks the benefits that many schools in their district have in the form of training rooms and athletic training staffs did not make things any easier on Hoard a year ago.
Hoard has recently garnered attention from Northwestern State University as well as ULM-Monroe and McNeese State of Lake Charles .
"We have been shopping his name around and making sure people know about him," Sebren said. "Academically, he is strong and he has really good numbers in the weight room."
Hoard attended a satellite camp at Ouachita High School last week in Monroe and garnered the attention of the college coaches.
"He can power clean 295 pounds," Sebren said. "When you have a kid that can do things like that, they are going to have a chance to make an immediate impact on the field."
Hoard will be working this summer on learning more about the quarterback position and getting faster.
"I want to improve in reading the defenses and different coverages," Ken Hoard said. "As a senior I want to win more games and make the playoffs again as a senior. I feel like I have come a long way in the quarterback drills since spring football began."
Hoard still has two more opportunities to score higher on the ACT exam and is consistently in the weight room with teammates this summer preparing for fall camp which begins with the Patriot's first practice on Aug. 2.