Battle for the Pine Burr Trophy tonight

Published 4:21 pm Friday, September 26, 2014

Bragging rights are on the line today in Bogalusa, as the Lumberjacks host Franklinton at Lewis V. Murray Jr. Stadium.

The Demons have won the past 13 meetings.

Franklinton won last year’s match up, 41-6, but Bogalusa leads the series, 19-17.

The teams have played for the Pine Burr Trophy since 1999, and the winner gets to keep it until they lose.

Franklinton coach Shane Smith spoke about the rivalry.

“It’s a big rivalry because the kids have relatives in that community and there are a lot of relationships and connections between the two communities,” Smiths said. “Anytime you have that, you have a rivalry. It’s also two schools that want to have bragging rights for the next year.”

Bogalusa enters this week with a 1-2 record, following its first win of 2014, a 39-14 victory over Pine when the Jacks forced six turnovers.

“The guys just understood their responsibility and executed what the defensive coaches wanted them to do,” Bogalusa coach Craig Jones said.

Dionte Fernandez intercepted two passes ,and Dominique Tillman had one, bringing his season total to five.

He’s returned two picks for touchdowns.

Tillman has at least one interception in every game this season.

“He didn’t understand why he was playing defense and not receiver,” Jones said. “With today’s football, you need guys with ball skills at cornerback. He’s got ball skills and I don’t believe that’s something you can really teach. He does a good job of finding the ball and catching it like a receiver.”

Reggie Roberts and Tymothy Toussaint gave the Lumberjacks’ offense a spark last week.

Roberts threw for 221 yards on 12-of-19 passing and three touchdowns, while running 15 times for 139 yards.

Toussaint caught seven passes for 170 yards.

“The offensive line did a good job of protecting him (Roberts). We also did a good job of running it. Except for the fumbles on the first two drives, we did a good job of protecting the ball,” Jones said.

For Franklinton, the Demons are 2-1 and are coming off of their first loss, a 41-20 setback to Brother Martin.

“We’ve had a better week of practice,” coach Smith said.

“We’re trying to address some things that went wrong Friday and how we can get better. We’ve corrected some mistakes and addressed some other things and hopefully we can improve on those Friday.”

One of the areas the Demons are looking to get better is catching the football.

Franklinton dropped seven passes in the first half last week.

Smith said some of it was players trying to turn upfield too quickly.

Quarterback Michael Wilson has 35-of-66 passes (53 percent) for 507 yards with three touchdowns and an interception.

Azende T. Magee has caught 11 passes for 116 yards and a score, while Chandler enters with nine receptions for 169 yards and a touchdown.

DeAndre Allen begins tonight at six catches for 154 yards and a score.

Defensively, the Demons struggled against Brother Martin.

The Crusaders finished with 157 yards rushing and 174 passing.

Both teams are on the road next week.Franklinton travels to play Amite Friday.

The Lumberjacks take to the Crescent City to battle Miller-McCoy Academy next Saturday at Tad Gormley Stadium.

Both games’ kickoffs are at 7 p.m.