FHS defeats Tylertown to get back on the winning trackBy DAMON SMITH,
The Franklinton Demons football team returned to their winning ways last Friday as they defeated the Tylertown Chiefs 30-18 on the road in a see-saw contest that was in doubt until late in the game. The win moves the Demons’ record to 2-2 with an upcoming non-district game with the Sumner Cowboys this Thursday on the road.
The Demons opened the game with a nice 75 yard drive that senior tailback Mike Martin capped off with a three yard run to put the Demons on the board first at the 9:16 mark. The Demons elected to go for the two point conversion which Martin also ran in to put them up 8-0.
The teams exchanged punts until the beginning of the second quarter when the Chiefs drove to the FHS six yard line, but the Demon defense rose up and forced them to turn the ball over on downs there.
The Demon offense then drove to the Tylertown 35 before penalties forced them to punt. The Chiefs hit a pass play of about forty yards and the receiver fell into the end zone for a touchdown. Their two point conversion was unsuccessful and the Demons held onto a slim 8-6 lead with 2:26 left in the first half.
The Demons punted over to the Chiefs with 1:16 and they took advantage as they hit a pass over the middle and the receiver turned it up the sideline for a long play to near the goal line. A one yard run put the Chiefs into the end zone and on top of the score at 12-8 after another unsuccessful two point conversion attempt.
The Demons went back on top in the third period as Jasper Lasalle found Martin on a pass out of the backfield for fifteen yards and a touchdown with 4:48 left in the third for a 15-8 score.
The Chiefs took the lead again on the ensuing drive as they hit a 21 yard pass into the end zone with 3:11 left in the third to go up 18-15 after a third unsuccessful conversion attempt.
The Demons went back on top early in the fourth when Martin scored on a 10 yard run with 10:54 left in the game to put them up 22-18.
The Demons Chase Sheridan jumped on a loose ball to end the next Tylertown drive and Trey'un Walker recovered a fumble on the following Tylertown drive to end that promising looking drive at the Demons 23.
After FHS punted, the defense came up with an interception to give the Demons the ball at the Chief 21 after which Martin ended the drive with a 5 yard touchdown run with 2:47 left in the game. Lasalle added the conversion for a 30-18 score.
The Chiefs again drove to midfield but again the Demons ended the drive as Avant Monnie intercepted a pass at the Demon 28. Lasalle knelt with the ball twice to end the game.
Franklinton Coach Jonathon Barber said his team overcame adversity. "Our guys did a good job of blocking out all the negative throughout the week. They came out on Monday ready to work, and it translated to a victory on Friday night."
Coach Barber gave credit to his offensive line, the defense, and his coaches. "I thought offensively we controlled the line of scrimmage, and our run game was great. We ended the game with four straight forced turnovers defensively --- that has been a point of emphasis this week and it really paid dividends for us. Our coaches did a great job of managing the game and having our team prepared without me being able to be on the sideline."
Mike Martin was the statistical leader for the Demons with 147 yards and three touchdowns on 28 carries and catching two passes for 35 yards and a touchdown. Lasalle passed for 107 yards and a touchdown on 7 completions of 13 attempts. Kardarious Mark was the leading receiver with three receptions for 45 yards and Caleb Brown had two for 27 yards. Spencer Lambert added one run for a yard and Cornelius Laurant had one for two yards. Lasalle had 4 for 12 yards. Keaton Catrett was two of two on extra point attempts.
The Demons will travel to Sumner this week to play the Cowboys, who are coming off of an 18-7 loss to St Michael. The Cowboys, coached by Ross Currier, son of former Franklinton head coach Donald Currier, are currently 1-3 on the season with their other losses being to Kentwood and St Helena. They defeated Pine in the season opener 41-20. The Demons are 4-0 all time against the Cowboys but have not played since 1994 when then-head coach Jeff Tageant led the Demons to a 33-0 victory over the Cowboys.