Pine goes for a district title on Friday

Published 2:44 pm Tuesday, October 29, 2019

The LHSAA football season has reached week nine and the four local teams from Washington Parish have two games left as they attempt to reach the playoffs or improve their seeding in the postseason race.
This week’s schedule will feature four games. Two teams are hosting games in Franklinton and Varnado. Both teams are also celebrating homecoming.
Pine and Bogalusa will be taking to the road this week.
Every game is Friday.

Pine at Amite
Pine’s Raiders will be on the road this week to play against defending Class 2A state champion Amite.
“They’re the defending 2A champions for a reason. They’re very talented and we’ll have to have a good week of practice,” Pine coach Bradley Seal said.
Both teams enter this week with a 6-2 record and 3-0 mark in district play.
A Pine win would mean that the Raiders capture the district title. If Amite wins this week, but loses to Kentwood next week, coupled with a Pine win over Varnado next week, then there would be a two-way tie for the league title.
These two teams are close in the power point rankings and both are in the top 10 in the Louisiana Sports Writers Association Poll.
Pine, which defeated 2018 Class 1A state champion Kentwood, 31-26 last Friday, begins the week 10th in the Louisiana Sports Writers Association Class 2A poll and seventh in the Class 2A power points rankings on www.louisianasportsline.com.
Pine is on a five-game winning streak.
Amite, which defeated Independence, 34-6, last Friday, is sixth in the Louisiana Sports Writers Association Class 2A poll and is fifth in the Class 2A power points rankings on www.louisianasportsline.com.
The teams have played each of the last two years, with Amite winning both games, including last year’s 38-6 win.
Adrianuen Johnson led Pine’s rushing attack last Friday with 88 yards on 17 carries and two touchdowns.
Jaheim Williams rushed 12 times for 62 yards and a score.
Drake Westmoreland collected 61 yards on seven carries and a touchdown. Westmoreland also made five tackles defensively.
Logan Temples threw for 57 yards.
Jordan Anderson had three receptions for 52 yards.
Jon’Kez Dillon led the defense in tackles with 5.5 stops and a sack.

Salmen at Franklinton
Franklinton and Salmen will renew their rivalry Friday, as the Demons celebrate homecoming night.
“It’s a huge opportunity for us,” Franklinton coach Jonathan Barber said. “It’s homecoming. We look forward to the challenge. For years, Salmen and Franklinton were the standard in the district and I don’t think the rivalry has lost any luster.”
Franklinton and Salmen have seen a lot of each other since 2007. The teams have played 15 times and the Demons have gone 11-4 in those games. Six of the games have been decided by one possession and Franklinton is 5-1 in those games.
Most years from 2007-2015, Franklinton or Salmen either won the district outright or had a share of the title. The Demons won the district outright in 2007, 2009, 2010, 2014 and 2015. Salmen won it outright in 2008 and 2012. Franklinton, Salmen and Lakeshore finished in a two-way tie in 2011. East Jefferson was the league champion in 2013.
This year, both teams are 0-1 in district play.
Franklinton won both of last year’s games against Salmen. The Demons won 43-29, in a non-district matchup, and won 36-8 in the district matchup.
Franklinton comes into this week with a 4-4 record after a 55-7 loss to Lakeshore, which is No. 1 in the Class 4A powerpoint rankings by www.louisianasportsline.com and in the Louisiana Sports Writers Association.
Salmen is 3-5 this season. The Spartans lost to Pearl River, 34-27, last Friday.
Salmen is 24th in the Class 4A power points rankings on www.louisianasportsline.com.
So far this season, Franklinton quarterback Jasper LaSalle has thrown for 1,075 yards with seven touchdowns and six interceptions.
Mike Martin has run for 654 yards with 15 touchdowns.
Quaran Warren is at 276 rushing yards and three scores.
Caleb Brown leads the Demons’ receivers with 30 catches for 541 yards and three touchdowns.
Kadarious Mark enters with 19 catches for 334 yards.
Defensively last week, Jacob Turnage forced a fumble and Malachi Martin recovered it.

Bogalusa at Jewel Sumner
Bogalusa’s Lumberjacks will be on the road this week to play a District 8-3A game against Jewel Sumner.
“Sumner is in a very similar situation as us they have to win some games in order to get in the playoffs,” Bogalusa coach Adam Brumfield said. “The last few years it’s been a very close game, and I expect it to be the same this Friday. We have to trust the system and execute not do our own thing. We have to play for each other, not ourselves.”
These teams have met in each of the last 12 seasons and Bogalusa has gone 7-5 in those games. Two of the last three games between these two teams have been decided by 1 or 2 points, including last year’s 7-6 win by Jewel Sumner.
Bogalusa is 3-5 overall and 0-2 in district play. The Lumberjacks lost a non-district game to Booker T. Washington, 36-31, on Saturday.
Five of Bogalusa’s games have been decided by one possession or less and the Lumberjacks are 2-3 in those contests.
Bogalusa is 35th in the Class 3A power points rankings on www.louisianasportsline.com.
Jewel Sumner is 2-6 overall and 1-2 in district. Its last game was a loss to Archbishop Hannan, 22-7.
Jewel Sumner is 39th in the Class 3A power points rankings on www.louisianasportsline.com.
In Saturday’s loss to Booker T. Washington, Bogalusa quarterback Josh Taylor passed for 268 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. He also ran for 46 yards and a score.
LaDarious Spikes ran for 29 yards.
Raheem Roberts led the receivers with six catches for 132 yards and two touchdowns.
Tyrese Roussell tallied three receptions for 71 yards.
Tajdryn Forbes recorded three catches for 54 yards.
Clyedterrious Thompson had a catch for 11 yards.

Independence at Varnado
Varnado will celebrate homecoming with a District 9-2A game against Independence on Friday.
Varnado is 2-6 overall and 0-3 in district play. Varnado enters after being defeated by St. Helena College and Career Academy last Friday, 19-0.
Varnado is 44th in the Class 2A power points rankings on www.louisianasportsline.com.
Independence is 1-6 overall and 0-3 in league play. Independence enters after a 34-6 loss to Amite last week.
The Wildcats’ opponent is 41st in the Class 2A power points rankings on www.louisianasportsline.com.
This is the first time the teams have met since 2012. Independence won that game, 27-0.

DAILY NEWS PHOTO/Chris Kinkaid
Franklinton’s Kadarious Mark runs upfield in a game this season. Franklinton hosts Salmen on Friday.