Demons look to keep rolling
Franklinton High School returns home tomorrow night, hoping to keep things going as the Demons host Salmen in a District 8-4A contest.
Franklinton (5-1, 1-0) enters tonight on a three-game winning streak and has been playing extremely well since its 41-20 loss to Brother Martin in the third week.
Over the last three weeks, the Demons have outscored their opponents 161-19, which includes last week’s, 62-0, victory over Pearl River to open district.
Franklinton’s spot remained the same at No. 6 in the Louisiana Sports Writers Association’s Class 4A rankings.
Franklinton is fourth in the Class 4A power rankings.
The Demons have won five of the last six meetings in this match up and six of eight since 2007. All of those games have been district contests except for one, which was the 2009 state semifinals, a 60-0 victory by the Demons.
Except for two years since 2007, the team that has won this game has won the district outright. The two years that didn’t happen were 2011 when FHS, Salmen and Lakeshore finished in a 3-way tie, and last year, when East Jefferson won the league title.
Franklinton quarterback Michael Wilson has completed 51 of his 101 pass attempts (50.5 percent) for 782 yards, with six touchdowns and three interceptions.
Tajh Magee got some extended playing time last week and was 5-of-8 passing (62.5) for 71 yards, with two touchdowns. He was also the team’s leading rusher with 52 yards and a score.
Azende T. Magee leads the Demons’ rushing attack with 59 carries for 582 yards (9.9 yards per attempt) and seven scores.
He’s also recorded 11 catches for 116 yards and a touchdown.
As a team, the Demons have run for 1,215 yards on 182 attempts (6.7) and 21 touchdowns.
Last week, Franklinton ran for five touchdowns, one each, by Wilson, Tavion Partman, Chandler Davis, Tajh Magee and Azende T. Magee.
Davis enters tonight with 16 catches for 317 yards and three touchdowns, while DeAndre Allen has 13 receptions for 259 yards and three scores.
Defensively, the Demons continue to be impressive.
Teams are averaging 147 yards per game against FHS, and the Demons have allowed 99 points this season (16.5 per game). Eighty of those were put up over the first three weeks.
Martavius James leads the team with 43 total tackles to go with two interceptions and one returned for a touchdown.
Relik Wilson has 37 tackles, seven hurries and two sacks.
Kobe Crain has made 31 stops, three for loss and six hurries.
Justin Alford is also at 31 tackles this season for Franklinton.
Salmen opens this week after getting in the win column for the first time this season last week.
The Spartans (1-5, 1-0), who are 34th in the Class 4A power rankings, defeated Lakeshore, 41-21, and scored 34 unanswered points after being down 21-7 with about eight minutes left in the third quarter.
Salmen’s last two losses in the 0-5 start were against John Ehret and Catholic of Baton Rouge, which are both 5-1 this year. The Spartans have given up at least 35 points in four of their six games.
Franklinton is also home next week, playing Lakeshore Oct. 24.