Victory over Minden will put Patriots into playoffs

Everything is fairly simple regarding Franklin Parish’s football future this season.

Beat Minden at home Friday and the Patriots are in the playoffs. A loss to the Crimson Tide would end Franklin Parish’s season at 2-8.

The Patriots are currently at No. 35 in the Class 4A power rankings.

“We have the 11th toughest schedule in Class 4A,” said Franklin Parish coach Whitney McCartney.

Minden is 6-3 on the season.

“If we win we’re in,” McCartney said. “We still have enough points to get in. I would love to send the seniors off in the right way. And our JV team is 6-1 and making the playoffs would set us up for next year.”

Minden is ranked No. 14 in Class 4A.s

“They have a very talented group,” McCartney said. “They have an offensive tackle (Ja’darrious Winans) who has received several big-time offers. They have a good running back and quarterback. And their linebacker, No. 1, (Bobbie Britton) has received some big offers. They have a solid kicking game. They are not a real flashy team, but they can score a lot of points.”

Franklin Parish fell to unbeaten Sterlington 46-6 Friday.

On the scoring drive, Franklin Parish started from its own 16 on its opening drive after a Sterlington punt, and immediately struck for a big play as Keon Washington streaked 74 yards. Moments later, Greg Bailey punched it in from two yards out to put the Patriots in front 6-0. Sterlington’s Cole Jones blocked the extra point.

Forced to punt on their second straight series, the Panthers went three and out.

“We did not seem to be excited about playing,” Sterlington Head Coach Lee Doty said. “When they scored, it woke us up a little. Once our guys realized, ‘Hey, we have to play,’ they kind of handled it.”

Franklin Parish led 6-0 going into the second quarter when the Panthers scored 25 unanswered points. Sterlington added 21 in the third quarter on its way to a 46-6 win.

Seeking its third straight District 2-3A title, the Panthers (8-0, 3-0) host the Carroll Bulldogs (6-2, 3-0) in the regular season finale Thursday at 7 p.m.

McCartney admitted the Patriots had some miss opportunities in the contest.

“We had four different times where our receivers dropped passes right in their hands,” McCartney said. “And then we fumbled the ball four times in the second half.”

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