FHS grads Burkhalter, Dawson are preseason all conference players

Published 1:11 pm Tuesday, August 3, 2021

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Franklinton graduates P.J. Burkhalter and Damien Dawson have been named preseason all-Southland Conference players.

Burkhalter is a 2015 Franklinton graduate, and is a senior offensive lineman for Nicholls State University.

Burkhalter, who has been the league’s Offensive Lineman of the Year the last two years, is a first-team all-conference offensive lineman.

Dawson graduated from Franklinton in 2016. Dawson, who is a fullback for Southeastern Louisiana University, is a second-team all conference tight end/halfback. Dawson was a third-team all-Southland Conference player at tight end/halfback last season.

Nicholls State University will open the season on Sept. 4 in a road game against Memphis with kickoff set for 6 p.m.

Southeastern’s first game is Sept. 4 at home against North Alabama. That game also kicks off at 6 p.m.

Southeastern Louisiana University’s Damien Dawson runs upfield in a game. Dawson is a preseason second-team all-Southland Conference player.

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Nicholls State University’s P.J. Burkhalter blocks a player in a game. Burkhalter is a preseason first-team all-Southland Conference player.