Franklinton ties St. Paul’s in 7-on-7

Published 6:08 am Saturday, July 23, 2016

Franklinton and St. Paul’s School scored five touchdowns each in a 7-on-7 contest at FHS on Wednesday morning.

Each drive began from the opponent’s 40-yard line.

The Demons were solid on both sides of the ball, as both teams had starters and backups playing throughout.

Quarterback Tahj Magee threw five touchdowns and had a good connection with Dijimon Jenkins. The two hooked up for four of the Demons’ touchdowns. He also threw a touchdown pass to Rakerian Conerly.

Franklinton offensive coordinator John Lambert said he’s excited about the enthusiasm the players have and was happy with the execution they’ve had all summer.

“We lost eight out of 11 starters off of our offense,” Lambert said. “The way we’ve approached it with our football team that we’ve talked about it on multiple occasions is, ‘This is Franklinton. We don’t rebuild, we reload.’ That’s kind of been our little mantra this spring. These pass scales for us have been very good.”

Lambert said the Demons went to Southeastern Louisiana University earlier this summer and had wins over St. James, Mandeville and Archbishop Hannan.

“We’ve gone with St. Paul’s four times this summer and had pretty good success,” he said. “We have a great relationship with coach (Ken) Sears and those guys from St. Paul’s. I like our execution.”

Defensively, the Demons made plays all over the field.

In the 11 possessions by the Wolves, Franklinton’s defense forced four turnovers on downs and picked off three passes.

Conerly had two interceptions, J.P. Magee picked off a pass just one play after he saved a touchdown by knocking down a pass, and plenty of others made plays for the Demons.

“We played with some intensity and a sense of purpose,” Franklinton defensive coordinator Jonathan Barber said. “Our seniors set the tone and did an excellent job of communicating. We have some young guys that are starting to grasp the concepts of the defense and that helps us execute at a high level.”

Franklinton begins the regular season at home against Covington on Friday, Sept. 2.