Franklinton High School coach Nick Saltaformaggio during media day

Published 11:37 am Thursday, August 10, 2023

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With a history steeped in football glory, Franklinton High School is on a mission to reclaim its place in the spotlight under the guidance of newly appointed head coach Nick Saltaformaggio. Known for producing remarkable talent and past successes, the Demons are gearing up for a resurgence in the coming seasons.

Franklinton High School’s storied legacy includes former LSU #18 Terrance Magee and Brandon Taylor, a state championship victory under Shane Smith in 2010, and an appearance in another state championship game the year prior. Now, under the leadership of Coach Saltaformaggio, the team aims to recapture the glory days that marked their success in the late 2000s.

Saltaformaggio, an experienced coach with an impressive track record, brings a wealth of expertise to the Demons. He boasts an overall record of 183-92, having made significant contributions at Abbeville, Chalmette, Oconee County (GA), East Jefferson, Hahnville, and Holy Cross. Notably, he led East Jefferson to a state championship in 2013 and guided Hahnville to a state championship runner-up finish in 2017. Coach Saltaformaggio is well-versed in transforming programs.

Known for his emphasis on a solid run game and line-of-scrimmage dominance, Coach Saltaformaggio intends to build on the team’s strengths. He believes a resilient run game instills toughness and creates a foundation for success. The Demons are poised for an effective ground attack with talented players like Rayshone Manuel and Micah Hart in the running back room and offensive lineman Kevin Ginn.

Although the team is undergoing a quarterback transition following Zion Anders’ departure, sophomore Jacob Crain is primed to take the helm. Crain will have various weapons, including dynamic running backs, four-star wide receiver, and Oklahoma-commit Kelly Daniels.

Defensively, the Demons are led by linebacker Timothy Partman and a formidable secondary featuring Skylar Williams, Jairon Clark, Avery Brumfield, Rickken Burkhalter, and Elijah Tate.

Coach Saltaformaggio is optimistic about the upcoming season and the potential for success. He stresses the importance of instilling a genuine love for the school and the game in his players rather than focusing solely on recruiting and individual recognition.