Franklinton playing Hammond for spring game May 15 at home

Published 10:12 am Friday, May 15, 2015

Franklinton is in action May 15 for their spring game, as the Demons are at home battling the Hammond Tornadoes with the contest set for 6 p.m.

The format will give the teams a chance to work through several situations while being able to work in.

The event begins with the second team offenses and defenses playing a pair of 10-play series each.

Then each team will attempt field goals and extra points. After that, the starters run a pair of 10-play series.

Franklinton’s punt team comes on against Hammond’s punt return team before the seconds come back for an offensive series.

Then Franklinton’s punt return team goes against Hammond’s punting unit.

The first-team offenses battle the first-team defenses for three offensive series each.

Franklinton’s punt team vs. Hammond’s punt return group is next before the first offenses and defenses battle for three offensive series.

Hammond’s punting unit goes against Franklinton’s punt return.

The second-team offenses and defenses face each other before things conclude with a 12-minute quarter.

“The big thing is we’ve had some positional changes. We want to see how those kids perform in game-like situations,” Franklinton coach Shane Smith said. “We want to see how we execute our offensive and defensive schemes. The other goal is to have enough on film to evaluate who our ones and twos are. Along with the schemes, we want to make sure we’re improving fundamentally. Lastly, as coaches we should be able to develop a solid depth chart going into summer.”

Smith said the players are excited about this.

“They’re tired of challenging one another. It can be uncomfortable going against your teammate. Anytime you go against somebody else, it gets the competitive juices flowing more than it would going against your own teammate,” Smith said.

The Demons are coming off of a strong 2014 campaign.

Last season, Franklinton captured the District 8-4A title after winning all five games in league play.

In the playoffs, the Demons reached the state semifinals before a 32-8 loss to Neville capped off a 12-2 season.

Over the past two years, the Demons are 22-5 and every team they’ve lost to in that time period has reached at least the semifinals.

The losses in 2013 were against Edna Karr and East Jefferson, which played for the Class 4A state title that season with East Jefferson winning. Covington was a Class 5A state semifinalist team in 2013.

Last season’s losses came to Brother Martin and Neville.

Brother Martin made the semifinals of the Division I playoffs, but lost to state runner-up John Curtis.

Neville captured the 2014 state title with a 28-27 victory over Warren Easton.