Franklin County preps for ‘momentum game’

Published 12:18 am Thursday, October 30, 2008

MEADVILLE — Franklin County may have 3A playoffs to worry about in two weeks, but that is of no concern Friday.

The Bulldogs (8-1, 4-1) still have one more Region 6 game to play, against Amite County (3-5, 1-4).

“We’re working on this football game,” said coach Trent Hammond. “I’m a firm believer in playing one game at a time. I don’t even know yet who we’re playing in the playoffs.”

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Still, although this game will not likely affect Franklin County’s seed, it could still affect their playoff performance.

And Hammond wants to make sure his team is on a roll when that weekend comes.

“We see this as a momentum game,” he said. “This sets your momentum for the way you play in the playoffs.”

With that in mind, the Bulldogs have been preparing all week for a team that will be bigger and stronger than them.

The Trojan defensive line, Hammond said, will play a five-man front that will be tough to run against.

“We have to do some things to offset their physical size and strength,” he said. “We may have to throw the ball around a little bit more than what we have in the past, just because of the physicalness of their presence on the inside.”

Edward McGhee, Franklin County’s backup quarterback, took the snaps in this past Friday’s win against Wilkinson County, completing 2-of-8 passes for 56 yards.

Starter Jamie Collins was out for personal reasons but is expected to be back against the Trojans.

Collins threw for 36 yards on Oct. 18 against South Pike two weeks ago, rushing for 84 yards and two scores.

Hammond was pleased with this past Friday’s win over the Wildcats, praising the Bulldog defense for holding Wilkinson County scoreless through the first half.

“When we pulled the varsity players out, Wilkinson County had -9 yards at that point,” he said. “Our offense had close to 300 yards at the half. Our young kids got in and were able to finish up the game and play two quarters there at the end.”

Still, that game is behind them, and the only thing ahead is a district game.

Hammond said they will have to guard especially well against running back Tray Bateaste which should help them focus on the Trojans.

“We only talk about Friday. We don’t talk about next week at all,” he said. “All week it’s just about Amite County.”