Franklin Parish Patriots holding practices twice a day

Franklin Parish head football coach Whitney McCartney has been teaching more than football this week. His staff has also been teaching adjusting to the 110-degree heat index.

“The thing that is hard for the players to understand is that you have to start hydrating the day and night before,” McCartney said. “We do everything we can to educate them about the heat. We’ve got 18-ounce squirt bottles their position coach gives them to drink at once and then we keep re-filling it. You just can’t be careful enough. If a player cramps once, he’s shut down for the day. We have pickle juice and bananas also on hand.”

Franklin Parish players will don the pads on Thursday.

“Everything has been going real well,” McCartney said’

Franklin Parish will host Tioga on August 23 with the junior high and junior varsity teams starting out at 5:30 p.m. on both ends of the field.

“We’re kind of polar opposites,” McCartney said. “They have 22 seniors and we lost 23 seniors from last year. They have their outstanding quarterback returning and their receivers. It’s going to be a good test for us.”

For the first time in its history, Franklin Parish High School will compete in the illustrious Bayou Jamboree being held at Louisiana-Monroe.

Franklin Parish will face Ouachita Christian at 5 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 30.

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

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