Franklinton falls to St. Thomas More, plays Salmen tomorrow

Published 1:30 pm Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Franklinton suffered a 58-16 loss to the defending Division II state champion St. Thomas More on the road Friday.
Franklinton coach Stephen Burris said the team struggled to get off the field on third down and had way too many turnovers.
“We have still yet to play a complete game,” Burris said. “At times we looked good on O and times on D, but big mistakes in both aspects of the game killed us.”
In Friday’s game, Tahj Magee threw for 171 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions. He added 28 yards on the ground.
Lagarian Bell led the receivers with seven catches for 81 yards and a touchdown.
Trequan Charles ran for 43 yards on 14 attempts and had two catches for 11 yards.
Rakerian Conerly caught five passes for 56 yards and added 8 yards on the ground. Conerly also made seven tackles defensively.
Steve Thompson made three catches for 23 yards and a touchdown. Quaradn Warren ran nine times for 22 yards. Jasper LaSalle posted three carries for 12 yards.
LaMount Harris led the team in tackles with 11. Willis Magee posted nine tackles and a sack while James Bickham posted six and Grant Thomas and Rondrick King added five each.
Bickham had a pass defensed. Thomas recovered a fumble. King had three passes defended while KeAndre Marti and Terion Partman had one each. Martin also caused a fumble.
Franklinton is 2-3 this season and the Demons look to get in the win column tomorrow against Salmen in a non-district road game.
This is the first of two meetings between the two teams. They second match-up between the two is Oct. 27 at FHS.
Franklinton and Salmen have played every year since 2007 and the Demons have gone 9-2 overall in those games. The teams played twice in 2009, with Franklinton winning the district game 20-14; then they met in the Class 4A state semifinals and the Demons won that contest, 60-0, in the snow.
Franklinton has won the last four meetings, which includes last season’s 32-26 overtime victory.
Franklinton begins the week ranked 27th in the unofficial LHSAA Class 4A power rankings.
Burris said the team has had some injuries that have affected the defense, and noted that he is looking for more consistency.
“We’ll look great for two plays and then struggle on the third one. We’re just not real consistent. If we can be gap-sound on defense, we can be really good, but a lot of times that hasn’t happened,” Burris said.
This season, Magee has thrown for 785 yards with nine touchdowns and eight interceptions. He has also run for 465 yards and five scores.
Charles enters with 444 yards rushing and four touchdowns to go with 54 yards receiving on eight catches.
Conerly leads the team in receiving yards and touchdowns with 335 yards and four scores to go with 19 catches.
Bell starts the week with 20 catches for 246 yards and three touchdowns.
Harris leads the defense in tackles with 52.
Salmen is 4-1 this year and won its third straight game with a 23-21 win over Loranger last Friday. Salmen is 17th in the unofficial LHSAA Class 4A power rankings.