Franklinton opening regular season tonight

Published 12:09 am Friday, August 31, 2018

Week one of the regular season has arrived, and at Franklinton, the Demons are opening the season with a home game against Covington at 7 p.m.
“It’s been a good game if you look at the history about it over the last 10 years,” first-year Franklinton coach Jonathan Barber said. “They’ve had our number over the last six or seven. They do a good job. I’ve got a lot of respect for their team. It’s a good opportunity — two quality programs on the Northshore. We’ve developed a little rivalry over the last 10 years. Our kids are excited and I’m sure his kids are excited too.”
The teams are separated by just two games over the 10 in the matchup, as Franklinton has gone 4-6 in those contests. Covington has won four of the last five and the last three games against Franklinton, which includes last year’s 69-32 win.
The Demons last defeated Covington, 28-27, in overtime in 2014.
Franklinton played in the Washington Parish Jamboree last week and defeated Varnado, 30-0.
Jasper LaSalle passed for 154 yards and threw a touchdown to Spencer Lambert.
Shayland Allen and Duke Bell recorded 61 yards receiving each.
Barber said the receivers were phenomenal.
“Shayland Allen had a big game. They started doubling Duke (Bell), so it opened Shayland up,” he said. “Jasper made some really good throws.”
Mike Martin had a pair of rushing touchdowns and Cameron Brock ran for 35 yards and a score.
Defensively, Malaci Martin recovered a fumble on an errant snap to Varnado’s punter. Chase Sheridan had a sack for a safety.
“As a unit we did a great job of pressuring them,” Barber said. “There isn’t one person that stuck out, but the whole unit played well. When you pitch a shutout, you need multiple people to play well and they did.”
Covington enters this season after reaching the Class 5A quarterfinal round. The Lions tallied a 10-0 record in the regular season.
Covington lost to John Curtis Christian School, 24-0, last week.