Franklinton defeated by Warren Easton in playoffs

Published 8:54 am Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Franklinton suffered a 47-27 loss to Warren Easton on Friday, in the opening round of the Class 4A state playoffs at Pan American Stadium in New Orleans’ City Park.

“We came out and struggled early,” Franklinton coach Stephen Burris said. “We got to their 30 twice and couldn’t score. We could’ve been up 14-0 and it’s a different ball game if that happens. We got down 28-0 and we made it 28-7 at halftime.”

Franklinton got back in the game and had a chance to make it a two-score game, but was unsuccessful on a two-point conversion.

Burris said his team had chances, but just didn’t make it happen.

Tahj Magee threw for 310 yards on 20-of-38 passing with two touchdowns and two interceptions. He also ran 24 times for 141 yards.

Darius Dawson had a strong game, catching seven passes for 118 yards.

Jamarian Crain caught five passes for 94 yards and a touchdown. He also ran once for 6 yards and a touchdown.

Rakerian Conerly had four receptions for 54 yards and a score, and Lagarian Bell had a catch for 34 yards.

Trequan Charles ran the ball six times for 24 yards and a touchdown. He also had a catch for 5 yards.

Mike Bell finished with seven carries for 22 yards and he had a pair of receptions for five yards.

Defensively, Chandler Scott intercepted a pass.

The Demons had 19 seniors this year.

“They had a successful four years,” Burris said. “They didn’t have a great senior season record-wise, but they went to the quarters as freshmen and semis as sophomores and juniors.”

No. 20 Franklinton finished the 2016 campaign with a 5-6 record.

Warren Easton, which is the 13th-seeded team, advanced to the second round to play fourth-seeded Tioga. Tioga won its first round game over No. 29 Washington-Marion, 19-6. The winner will play either fifth-seeded Minden or No. 21 Livonia.