FP stays healthy as Bayou Jamboree approaches, Aug. 30

FRANKLIN PARISH PATRIOT FRESHMAN Bryce Curtis gets the ball off before a Tioga defender reaches him. The Patriots scored three touchdowns to two for Tioga in a controlled scrimmage Friday in Winnsboro. The Patriots did not turn the ball over and forced three fumbles against Tioga. The Patriots will play Ouachita Christian at ULM this Friday at the annual Bayou Jamboree. (Sun photo by Monica Huff)

Franklin Parish scored three touchdowns to two for Tioga in a controlled scrimmage Friday in Winnsboro. Also, Tioga scored twice and the Patriots once with both teams starting for the opponent’s 25-yard line.

“The main thing was to keep focusing on what we’ve discussed during the off-season,” said Franklin Parish coach Whitney McCartney. “We didn’t turn the ball over and we caused three fumbles. Tioga didn’t do anything that was unstoppable against us, and they have an outstanding football team. We did not have any injuries and come out relatively healthy, with just normal bumps and bruises.”

Mike Cooks, Ta’mairon Young and Greg Bailey scored touchdowns for Franklin Parish.

Franklin Parish High School will compete in the illustrious Bayou Jamboree Friday at 5 p.m. as the Patriots will face Ouachita Christian.

The Bayou Jamboree was moved back to Thursday and Friday because ULM is hosting Grambling on August 31.

Friday marks the first time a Franklin Parish team will play in the Bayou Jamboree.

“This is a big deal for us,” McCartney said.  “Ouachita Christian throws the ball well so this will be a good test for our pass defense. They are much bigger up front than they were last year and they do a good job of throwing the football. Playing in the Bayou Jamboree is something positive for us and we are very excited about it. Anytime you have the opportunity to do something positive for the parish it’s a great thing.”

Franklin Parish opens its season September 6 at Jena.

“Playing Ouachita Christian will prepare us for our tough non-district and district schedule,” McCartney said.

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