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|Patriots ready for season opener|
The Franklin Parish Patriots will get back into their normal routine for the season beginning Friday at 6 p.m. when they travel to Caldwell Parish High School for a scrimmage.
The Patriots stepped away from normal routine last Friday when they held a three-a-day practice session at the Ward III Community Center outside of Winnsboro.
"We took the team out in the middle of nowhere," Franklin Parish head coach Barry Sebren said. "I think we learned a lot about our team."
Sebren said he was looking for a more physical style of play from his team than what the Patriots have shown in the past.
"Before we had guys that were not physical enough in the past," Sebren said. "That seems to have changed this year. You have to start them young and get them stronger in the weight room. You have to have repetition in practice and we are getting stronger now."
Sebren says as many as seven players can now handle 300 pounds on the bench press and over 500 pounds on the squat machine.
"We had 50 or so kids each workout this summer as opposed to 20 the last few years," Sebren said of the summer conditioning program. "We had 31 total workouts and about 80 percent of the team was here each day."
Assistant coaches Whitney McCartney and Curt Curtis handle the strength and conditioning program for the Patriots.
The team began the offseason workouts as soon as the season ended last November and have worked hard to improve the strength and physical presence of the team to compete against the likes of Neville, Bastrop, and Ruston this fall.
Sebren says that he is looking for physical effort and intensity from his team on Friday when they play an opposing team for the first time this year.
"I am looking for them to 'turn it up' when the game starts," Sebren said. "You have to know when to turn it up. Turn the level of competition up and be physical.
We are either going to get real small or we are going to bow up and hit back when they get physical." Sebren stated that he picked Caldwell to scrimmage against because of the physical nature of their team each year being a good measuring stick for the Patriots.
"We picked them for a reason," Sebren said. "They will play a few teams like us this year and we certainly will play physical teams such as them in our district."