Franklinton solid in 7-on-7

Published 9:14 am Friday, July 25, 2014

Franklinton put together a solid performance on both sides of the ball and defeated Fontainebleau nine touchdowns to four in 7-on-7 action Wednesday morning at Fontainebleau.

The game took place on a 40-yard field and quarterbacks had four seconds to throw. If the time elapsed, the ball went back to the line of scrimmage for the next down.

Franklinton’s defense was stout all day. The Demons had one interception with Josh Magee making the pick. Their coverage forced the time to run out on Fontainebleau’s quarterback four times and they forced 11 turnover-on-downs.

“We made a lot of plays on the ball defensively,” Franklinton coach Shane Smith said. “We tried some new things, experimenting that I think looked pretty good.”

The defenses came out and played extremely well early, as neither team scored on their first two possessions.

Franklinton got on the board first when Mike Wilson hit Chandler Davis for a score to make it 1-0.

Fontainebleau then evened it 1-1.

Franklinton, which never trailed, took a 2-1 lead when Tahj Magee found Azende T. Magee for a score.

Fontainebleau tied it up two possessions later, but then the Demons began to take control. Franklinton put up the next four tallies to go in front 6-2.

Tahj Magee found Ryché Jenkins for a score before Mike Wilson went to Azende T. Magee to make it 4-2.

Tahj Magee went to Djimon Jenkins for the Demons’ fifth touchdown and then Wilson found Davis to increase the touchdown margin to four.

The Bulldogs pulled to within three, but Franklinton responded quickly when Tahj Magee hit Jeremiah Burkhalter for a 7-3 lead.

After the defense forced a turnover on downs, Wilson went back to Ryché Jenkins for another touchdown.

The Bulldogs made it 8-4 and then Wilson teamed up with Azende T. Magee to cap off the scoring in the 9-4 win.

Wilson finished with five touchdowns, while Tahj Magee tossed four of his own. The only negative for the quarterbacks was turnovers. The signal callers threw three interceptions.

Coach Smith said they had some success offensively, but need to correct the stuff on the interceptions. Smith added that the Demons had some success on offense.

Azende T. Magee caught three touchdowns with Davis and Ryché Jenkins at two apiece. Djimon Jenkins and Jeremiah Burkhalter both posted a touchdown each.

Smith said the receivers did a good job.

“We’ve got guys making plays,” Smith said. “They’ve learned more every week about how to run their routes, maybe the subtleties of route running within our offense and how they can get open. I think you can’t say enough about that. I don’t think there’s anywhere else you can emulate that except in this kind of environment and I think that’s why it’s important.”

This was the final 7-on-7 for Franklinton this summer, which capped off its summer weight lifting yesterday. Smith said the team has a long way to go, but added that it’s been a productive summer.

“I think overall we’ve had a productive summer, we’ve improved and that’s all you can ask,” Smith said.

Franklinton, which went 10-3 and made it to the state quarterfinals last year, begins the season Sept. 5 on the road against Tylertown.