Franklinton wins in a forfeit over Pearl River

Published 12:17 pm Friday, November 4, 2016

Franklinton and Pearl River’s game that was scheduled for tonight at Franklinton was cancelled, because the Louisiana High School Athletic Association (LHSAA) ruled Pearl River would not have enough eligible players and must forfeit the contest.

The LHSAA said there was a fight in the game that took place Friday, Oct. 28. Five Pearl River players were ejected for fighting and multiple players from Pearl River left the bench during the altercation.

The game’s official score is a 2-0 win for Franklinton.

Franklinton coach Stephen Burris said very little is good about the situation.

“I’m just disappointed that we don’t get to play,” Burris said. “We needed the work. The kids don’t get to have a ‘Senior Night’ game. We lose a gate and we lose concession stand money.

“It hurts us football-wise, because we practiced all week and we don’t get to play. We lose out on the work. It hurts us financially. We only had three home games now. I also feel bad for the fans, especially those who bought season tickets. They paid $50 and only got three home games.”

Franklinton finishes the regular season with a 5-5 overall record and 3-1 in District 8-4A play. The Demons entered this week as the 24th ranked team in the unofficial Class 4A LHSAA power ratings.

Although there is no game, Franklinton is still holding a Senior Night ceremony tonight at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free.

Senior football players, senior ROTC members and seniors from the band and all support groups will be recognized. The band will also perform its halftime show.

The senior players will run out of the tunnel and the band will play.

“We appreciate any fans who come out tonight,” Burris said.

On the football side, the Demons will now wait for the playoff brackets to come out.