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The Franklin Parish Patriots (1-0) got off to a good start in their quest to make the 2010 LHSAA Class 4A playoffs with a 38-19 victory over the Delhi Charter School Gators on Friday night. Now the Patriots set their sights on a talented Delhi Bears squad this week.
Against Delhi Charter School, the Patriots came out with a physical presence in the trenches from the start that gave them the quick advantage.
"The key to the game was a fast start," FPHS head coach Barry Sebren said. "The first four minutes of the game and the final four minutes we took over the game. The fast start we knew was going to be important for us. We knew that if it was close for four quarters it would be there type of game."
In the final minutes of the first quarter, the Patriots reeled off a string of big plays to take a 21-0 lead that set the tone for a dominate night at the office for Franklin Parish. The Patriots picked up 350 yards on the ground including touchdown scores by Jamie Noble, Marquise Hillman and Henry Wesley. Aldarius McCarthy also made a splash in his first varsity action on Friday with 91 yards on just three carries. On defense, the Patriots forced five turnovers and made a score in the second half when Wilson Curtis picked off a pass by DCS quarterback Will Zeigler and went 50-yards to pay dirt to extend the Patriot advantage.
This week the Delhi Bears, 47-20 winners over Ringgold last week, come into Winnsboro looking for their second consecutive victory.
The quick start that FPHS got against the Gators could be even more important this week because of the history of the rivalry with the Delhi Bears.
Delhi got out to a 26-7 lead last year at home before the visiting Patriots dominated the second half on their way to a 46-26 victory.
"They have one of the best quarterbacks I have seen on film," Sebren said. "Last week, we gave up a pair of cheap ones on deep passes. That kind of thing is inexcusable."
The Patriots also had some issues with starters cramping up on the sideline that Sebren said will be taken care of this week.
"We were battling the humidity," Sebren said. "We will hydrate better on Thursday this week."
The Delhi defense will surely be looking to shut down the Patriot rushing attack and cause turnovers after the Patriots coughed up the ball six times last week.
"If you had told me last week that we would have six turnovers against DCS and still win, I would have told you you were out of your freaking mind," Sebren said." We have got to get better at protecting the football."
Kickoff at Patriot Stadium is set for 7 p.m.