Mixed emotions locally over LSU game

Published 9:39 am Friday, September 26, 2014

One of the great things about sports is the range of emotions you can go through in just one game.

You might be anxious, excited or hyped before the game and then happy, angry or upset and end up in a celebratory mood when it’s all said and done.

For fans of Franklinton High School who are also LSU fans, there were probably some mixed emotions Saturday night.

On one hand, they were probably annoyed with the way the Tigers were playing on both sides of the ball. LSU was down 17-3 at halftime.

The Tigers scored on the first play from scrimmage in the second half on a fumble return for a TD, but MSU put up 17 straight to go up 34-10.

On the other hand, the fans had to be proud to see one of their former players doing extremely well, as Mississippi State junior running back Josh Robinson, a 2011 Franklinton High graduate, ran wild against LSU.

Robinson was part of Franklinton’s 2010 state title team in his senior year and had a great season, running for 1,105 yards and 20 touchdowns to go with 22 catches for 558 yards and seven TDs. That year, he was a first-team Class 4A all-state player.

In Saturday’s ballgame, Robinson put up a career high 197 yards, and he did it on 16 carries. He also scored a touchdown.

It’s a great feeling to watch somebody who you know or who you saw play in high school, junior high, or little league, move up the ranks and have success, even if it’s against your favorite team.

Robinson has had a lot of success this season. He leads MSU with 485 rushing yards on 62 carries and four touchdowns. He’s second in the SEC for rushing yardage and 13th among NCAA Division I-A players.

But while this was going on, LSU wasn’t going down quietly. Despite trailing 34-16 with 12:34 left in the fourth quarter, the Tigers made a comeback.

LSU scored the game’s final 13 points and had a chance at the end, but the Hail Mary pass was intercepted as time expired.

It was a very, very tough Tigers’ loss, but for those who are fans of the LSU Tigers and Franklinton, Saturday night had to be a mixed bag of emotions, happy for Robinson, but disappointed in LSU’s loss.