Franklin shocks Patterson

By CORWIN MURRAY

PATTERSON — Franklin, sparked by a second-half fake punt, knocked off Patterson 7-6 in the heated finale of the St. Mary Parish Jamboree Thursday at Patterson High School.

Franklin, trailing 6-0 at halftime, faced a fourth-and-seven at the 44-yard line on its first possession of the second half when Brandon McFarlane dropped back to punt.

“It wasn’t a called fake punt,” Franklin head coach J. Ina said. “We have a rugby style punt that we run, and Brandon made a good read when Patterson turned their backs to him to setup the return. The kid has been punting for me for four years, so he knows what he’s doing.”

McFarlane’s 24-yard scamper gave the Hornets a first-and-10 at the Lumberjacks’ 32-yard line.

Franklin quarterback Jarion Brown reversed field on a keeper for another 16 yards to give the Hornets a first down at the Patterson 13-yard line.

On second down, sophomore running back Charles Burrell went up the middle for an 11-yard touchdown. McFarlane added the point after for the lead with 10:45 remaining in the second half.

The teams played two 15-minute halves.

“We made some adjustments at halftime and the kids converted,” Ina said. “This isn’t the old Franklin teams.”

Franklin has six players currently being recruited by Division I programs.

Patterson had its moments as well.

Senior Deontay Jones scored on a 1-yard run in the first half.

Quarterback Spencer Landry threw for 105 yards, completing passes to standout receivers Mykel Jones and Daylon Charlot.

“Offensively, we made some plays, but we didn’t put anything together,” Patterson head coach Tommy Minton said. “The thing I have a problem with was how we lost our composure in the second half. We can’t have that going forward.”

Both teams had a couple unsportsmanlike penalties and Patterson senior Taylor Harris was ejected from the game.

The teams had come together before the game at the 30-yard line before coaches separated them.

The District 9-3A rivals meet again week 10 of the season.

“I’ll worry about that 10 weeks from now,” Minton said. “We have a lot work to do before then.”

Patterson opens the season in New Orleans against Brother Martin on Sept. 7 at 2:30 p.m., while Franklin travels to Central Lafourche next week.

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