The streak is over — Bogalusa snaps 18-game losing streak against Franklinton

Published 11:37 pm Friday, September 20, 2019

The streak is over.

Bogalusa snapped Franklinton’s 18-game winning streak in their rivalry with a 35-30 victory Friday night at FHS.

Bogalusa coach Adam Brumfield said his players battled and they deserve it.

“It’s an emotional win for me. It’s an emotional win for our team,” Brumfield said. “I respect those guys from Franklinton a lot. I spent a lot of good years here (at Franklinton) and there’s a lot of good people here, but I told our kids, ‘why not us and why not now?’ And I guess it came through. I said, ‘you know, we’re going to need to play our best game to beat them’ and we had a lot of penalties and we’re still not as disciplined as we should be, but for now, I’ll take it.”

Franklinton came back from a 29-8 third-quarter deficit to take a 30-29 lead by the 3:17 mark of the fourth quarter.

Despite losing the 21-point lead, Bogalusa rebounded and took over at its 41 following the Demons’ go-ahead touchdown.

Bogalusa drove the ball to Franklinton’s 10 and on first down with 30 seconds left, Josh Taylor, as he did all game long, delivered once more.

Taylor rolled right and hit Tyrese Roussell, who took it into the end zone for the winning touchdown. The two-point conversion was no good, but wasn’t the most important thing. What was most important was that Bogalusa had a 35-30 lead and a chance to end the streak.

The Lumberjacks then relied on their defense.

Franklinton took the ball from its own 20 to Bogalusa’s 34, but a last-second pass to the end zone was knocked down with no time left and for the first time in the last 19 games, Bogalusa defeated Franklinton.

“It was a hard-fought game,” Taylor said. “We won it the first half. The second half, we got in our head that we were already there, so we had to work as hard as we could at the end to pull it off. Our linemen executed. We executed. We came out strong as a team. We played together. Nobody played for themselves. We played together for our brothers.”

Bogalusa scored the game’s first 14 points.

Taylor capped off the contest’s opening drive with a touchdown run from the 4. The extra point was no good, keeping it 6-0 with 7:17 left.

Taylor and Roussell connected for a 12-yarder seven seconds into the second quarter and Roussell converted for two and a 14-0 advantage.

Franklinton’s Mike Martin trimmed the lead to one possession when he scored on a 1-yard run and then converted for two to make it 14-8 with 3:15 left in the first half.

Taylor hit a 25-yard field goal with 35 seconds left to close out the first-half scoring at 17-8.

The action picked up in the third quarter. Taylor scored on a 1-yard sneak and later found Raheem Roberts open for a 33-yard touchdown reception. The extra point and two-point tries were no good, keeping it 29-8 at the 5:46 mark.

Franklinton then came back.

Martin tallied from the 4 and Keaton Catrett’s extra point made it a 14-point game.

Taylor completed a pass, but a hit popped the ball in the air. Avant Monnie caught the ball in the air and returned it 55 yards and the Demons were within six after Jasper LaSalle’s two-point run with about 2:30 left in the third quarter.

The Demons took the lead late in the fourth quarter when LaSalle kept on a bootleg left and scored from 8. Catrett was good on the extra point, giving the Demons a 30-29 lead.

Bogalusa came back with Taylor finding Roussell for the winning score after the Lumberjacks’ defense held in the 35-30 victory.

Bogalusa improved to 2-1 this season while Franklinton fell to 1-2.

Both teams will be back in action on Friday.

The Lumberjacks will host East Marion while Franklinton will travel to Tylertown in Mississippi.