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|Patriots edge Oak Grove in wild finish|
With the extracurricular circumstances surrounding last Friday's contest between Franklin Parish and Oak Grove, it could have been easy to forget there was actually a game to be played on the gridiron.
On Thursday, officials with the West Carroll Parish School Board confirmed legendary Tiger coach Vic Dalrymple resigned from his position after 31 seasons due to "personal matters", and the 57-year-old would not be on the sideline when his team squared off with the Patriots.
The media frenzy in the 24-hours leading up to the pivotal week four contest was peppered with rumors and allegations, as well as praise and admiration for the coach that registered over 300 wins and four state titles during his three-decade reign as the high priest of Oak Grove – a community that is recognized specifically now for its glory under the Friday night lights, all thanks to Dalrymple's success.
But after the National Anthem played and the team captains shook hands on Friday in front of a packed house at Patriot Stadium, it was clear that for at least the next 48 minutes, this matchup wasn't going to be about a man anymore, but more about two teams eager to one up the other.
As unlikely as it may seem, Franklin Parish's astonishing 22-20 comeback victory over Oak Grove will most likely always be remembered for the resilient Patriot spirit displayed that night, rather than who or who wasn't coaching on the Tigers' sideline.
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