Thursday, September 24, 2009
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
The Panthers have come a long way in a short time. Just 2 years ago the Panthers' roster consisted of approximately 25 players; today the Panthers dress 64 players. We have a true Jr. Varsity program that gets the younger players some playing time before being tried in the fire of 2AA football in Louisiana.
The Panthers, who once featured some of the best "Iron man" football players in the state now enjoy the luxury of specializing at a particular position. Making this change has resulted in a number of players becoming state statistical leaders on both sides of the ball and special teams. You can keep up with how these young men compare to others in the state and nation at http://www.maxpreps.com.
You can view the Sports Illustrated spread at http://www.sportsillustrated.cnn.com/highschool/
The 0-3 Panthers look to get their first win of the season this week against St. Fredricks at Homecoming.
Be sure you are in the house to cheer the Panthers on to victory and their quest for a district title.
Sunday, September 20, 2009
The Patriots (2-1) will now prepare for their challenge against Oak Grove. The Tigers come into the non-district challenge with a 1-2 record. In their last contest, Oak Grove was beaten by Farmerville, 30-22, in a non-strict challenge.
The Panthers now sport a 0-3 record and really need a win. We will host St. Frederick for Homecoming on Friday, September 25. The Warriors are coming off a 14-6 non-district win over Cathedral (Natchez, MS) and sport 3-1 record.
Numerous mistakes on special teams and a difficulty moving the ball on offense were just too much to overcome.
Friday, September 18, 2009
by Cody Futrell - posted Tuesday, September 15th, 2009 @ 4:47 pm
E-mail This Story Print This Story
Following a much needed victory at Delhi, 46-26 on Friday night, this Friday will see the Franklin Parish Patriots (1-1) trying to keep the momentum going and trying to improve even more as they host the Lake Providence Panthers (0-2) this Friday at Patriot Stadium.
Last week, Noble Johnson and Keldrick Johnson both ran wild over the Delhi defense once the Patriots began playing with more intensity and taking what the defense was giving them, according to coaches.
"When we are ready to play we try hard," Franklin Parish head coach Barry Sebren said. "When we are not mentally ready to play we will have a problem. Luckily we took advantage of some things they were giving us on defense."
Noble Johnson rushed for 135 yards and three touchdowns on 13 carries. Johnson scored on touchdown runs of 26, 53, and 30 yards after halftime. Halftime adjustments saw the Patriots completely take over the game and shut down the Delhi offense. A 26-14 Delhi lead was erased by some key third down stops. Keldrick rushed for 104 yards and two touchdowns on just eight carries for an stellar 13 yards per carry against Delhi.
Franklin Parish out gained the Delhi Bears on the ground 371-116, but were out done through the air as Delhi quarterback was 14-of-29 for 144 yards and one touchdown while Tyler Roberts was 0-for-2 passing mostly due to the fact that the Delhi defense was opening up the rushing attack so much for the Patriots that they were running to enforce their will on the Bear's defense.
The offensive outburst was a welcome sight for a program trying to find its footing in the incredibly tough district 3-4A which will get cranking in the near future. The first league game for the Patriots comes on Oct. 9 when they will visit four time defending district champion, the Bastrop Rams.
This week, a former long time Bastrop assistant, Sonny Nasson, brings Lake Providence (0-2) to Winnsboro for what the coaches hope will be a competitive and lively non-district tilt. While the Panthers will try to play ball control offense and keep the vaunted rushing attack of FPHS on the sidelines, Franklin has shown flashes of good things on defense that has program supporters hopeful during this early part of the schedule.
A very athletic and hungry squad, Lake Providence will invade Franklin Parish to battle the Patriots with getting a big boost in the power rankings on their mind. The game is also one of those tough pre-district games that could help the Patriots lose ground in the Class 4A playoff race.
"We need to practice like we are going to play," Sebren said. "We can't take a day off.Lake Providence is very athletic and very physical. We hope we can match up with their athletes and their defensive line is a big physical unit that concerns us."
Sebren feels the team has to be more consistent on both the practice field and in the actual game come Friday night. As the Patriots keep working to correct their mistakes, another chance for a big victory is right around the corner
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Thursday, September 3, 2009
Lake Providence (0-0)
at Carroll (0-0)
Kickoff: 7 p.m.
Last week: Lake Providence 26, Delhi 0 ; Carroll 14, Wossman 7 in jamborees.
Who to watch: LAKE PROVIDENCE: Sophomore QB Lamar Carraway returns after passing for 12 scores and over 1400 yards last year. LT Jey Collins is the only senior in the O-line. LB Greg Bell (122 tackles last year) heads the defense along with CB Jeremy Lyons who had 6 interceptions last year. Lyons returned 4 kickoffs and two interceptions for scores last year and had a KO return TD last week vs. Delhi. CARROLL: Bulldogs looking for QB Xavier Gray to step into leadership role. WR Cordell Collins is "our go-to guy" after making all-district past three years. Zubrandon Brown will be the No. 1 RB this week. Defensive leader is SS Darren Crawford along with LB Edmond Johnson.
Get in the Game: In his second year, coach Sonny Nason is doing remarkable job at Lake Providence. In 2007 prior to Nason's arrival, the Panthers had 24 players. Last year he had 45 and this year he is working with 64. He also just picked up six from Monticello, which has closed its doors.