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Former Franklinton footballer has hand in success

It’s an exciting time for Mississippi State University fans.

This week, the Bulldogs took over the top spot in the country in the Associated Press Poll and the USA Today Coaches Top 25.

The team is 6-0 overall and 3-0 in Southeastern Conference play, with wins over eighth-ranked LSU, 34-29, sixth-ranked Texas A&M, 48-31, and Saturday, they beat second-ranked Auburn, 38-23.

The ranking listed are where those teams were when MSU played them.

Whether you are a Mississippi State fan, a Franklinton High School fan or a fan of Washington Parish football, this is a great time.

One of MSU’s players, 2011 Franklinton High School graduate Josh Robinson has had a key role in this team’s success as the Bulldogs starting running back.

Robinson and quarterback Dak Prescott have been a tough duo in the running game, and so far nobody’s really been able to stop them.

The two have combined for 1,265 of MSU’s 1,586 rushing yards or 79.7 percent of the team’s rushing attack. They’ve also scored 16 of the team’s 17 touchdowns on the ground.

Robinson’s rushing totals have been between 77 and 197 yards, while Prescott’s rushing numbers have gone between 23 and 139 yards.

Prescott ran for the 23 yards against the University of Southern Mississippi, but he threw for 284 yards and four touchdowns in that contest, a 49-0 win.

MSU still got the running game going that day with Robinson running for 87. Prescott has also been a force throwing the ball. He has 1,478 yards passing with 14 touchdowns and four interceptions.

The Bulldogs’ closest game has been against LSU, a 34-29 win.

This week, Mississippi State has a bye. The Bulldogs continue their season Oct. 25 against Kentucky.