Franklinton travels to Pope John Paul II

Published 1:53 pm Tuesday, October 12, 2021

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Franklinton’s Demons head to Pope John Paul II on Friday to play their final non-district game of the regular season.

Franklinton begins this week with a 2-4 record after a 56-10 loss to Tylertown of Mississippi.

“We made too many mistakes in order to beat a team like that,” Franklinton coach Jonathan Barber said. “We thought we were playing our best football over the last few weeks, but it certainly didn’t translate to Friday’s game. We came out flat and unfocused and they hit us in the mouth early. We have to get back to who we are this week so that we can be playing our best football when district starts.”

Last week, Zion Anders threw for 54 yards and a touchdown.

Keyon Nelson ran for 56 yards. Nelson also made two catches for 60 yards.

Pope John Paul II starts the week with a 4-2 record. Last week, Pope John Paul II won against Haynes Academy, 29-28.

Pope John Paul II has three players from Bogalusa, including running back/wide receiver George Arata, who has also seen time at outside linebacker, defensive lineman Cael McDaniel and right tackle Will Culpepper.

This season, Arata is close to hitting the 1,000-yard plateau. He has run for 958 yards on 111 carries (8.6 yards per carry) with 13 touchdowns and a two-point conversion. He also has three catches for 11 yards.

“All great kids,” Pope John Paul II coach Phillip Pigott said. “Extremely hard working, extremely dedicated, tough and all are great additions for our football team.”