Franklinton tough in scrimmage against Slidell Thursday

Published 8:46 am Monday, August 25, 2014

Franklinton’s Demons scrimmaged against the Slidell Tigers in an event thatfeatured a lot of the aspects associated with scrimmages.

The teams ran blocks of plays, there was some kicking and punting, and they also did series where you needed to get a first down to continue with possession.

The teams finished it up with a 12-minute quarter.

“As always, there’s some stuff we’ve got to work on, but I was real pleased with some of the things we did in the passing game,” Demons coach Shane Smith said. “Obviously defensively, we played well and we created some turnovers. There are a lot of positives. I think our kids have such high expectations right now for this season. Obviously it’s a scrimmage. We’re going to look at what we need to do to clean up and we’re going to get better and hopefully improve on next week, but I’m real proud of them. They played hard and I thought we got a lot of good work tonight.”

After the freshmen played for about the first 30-minutes, the varsity took the field beginning with the second-teamers.

The varsity team outscored SHS four touchdowns to one.

FHS moved the ball but did not score. In the Demons’ first defensive series, they forced a three-and-out then Trevor Davis recovered a fumble, and Chandler Scott made a tackle for a loss. Slidell scored the next time they had the ball on FHS’ second team, but the point after was wide left.

The starters came on after that for a block of plays beginning with the Demons’ defensive unit. The second play was a stop behind the line by Franklinton and Slidell was able to convert a third down. Later in the series, Justin Alford recovered a fumble. The Tigers completed a screen pass that went for a big gain.

FHS tallied on its next possession when Azende T. Magee ran a QB keeper and scored a two-yard TD.

In FHS’ next defensive series, Josh Magee broke up a pass, Kobe Crain tallied a sack and the Demons also intercepted a pass.

The Demons’ first team offense scored a touchdown when Michael Wilson connected with Azende T. Magee for a five-yard score. The touchdown was set up by the two connecting for big yardage a few plays earlier.

FHS’ second team offense went back out there and did not score.

At the end of the series, Slidell punted. Magee caught the punt, made a move outside toward the right sideline and took off.

Magee returned it to the end zone, but a flag against FHS brought the return back.

The teams did three series with the offenses and defenses.

Slidell’s offense went first forced the Tigers into a three-and-out. FHS ran just two plays, but the second one was big. Wilson scrambled out of the pocket and threw to D’Andre Allen, who caught it and took it in for the 69-yard touchdown.

Relik Wilson had a sack on the ensuing possession for FHS and the Demons ended the series with Davis intercepting a pass.

The Demons’ offense went three-and-out. Slidell’s offensive drive ended when Martavius James intercepted a pass and took it to the house for six.

FHS’ next offensive drive ended with a sack on third down.

The teams then played in a 12-minute quarter.

Both clubs had an opportunity to score but were unable to.

Slidell turned the ball over on downs after an errant snap from FHS’ 22 led to the Tigers’ quarterback being tackled in the backfield.

With 2:06 left, Franklinton drove 10 but got pushed back to the 12. The Demons attempted a 30-yard field goal, but it was wide left with 22-seconds remaining. The Tigers threw three incompletions and the clock ran out, ending the contest in a 0-0 tie.

FHS is back in action in the third game of the Mandeville Jamboree Friday.

The Demons play the Skippers in a game scheduled for 8 p.m.

Also locally, Bogalusa is going against Salmen in the opener at 5 p.m.