Franklin County Bulldogs maintaining success

Published 11:33 pm Monday, October 12, 2009

MEADVILLE — You might say Franklin County High School is riding a wave of momentum.

The Bulldogs (6-2, 2-0) have gotten off to a good start in Region 3-3A play, including a 33-6 win over Hazlehurst last Friday.

Don’t talk about momentum to Bulldogs head coach Trent Hammond, however, as he’s determined not to let what happened on a previous Friday dictate play the following Friday.

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“There’s no momentum high or low,” Hammond said. “We just take it one Friday at a time.”

That has been Hammond’s motto throughout the season, but especially when regional play began. Hammond said it’s important not to get too caught up in the overall picture of the region, and to just let the final standings take care of themselves after the games are played.

The Bulldogs are known as primarily a running threat, yet find success on offense despite the fact that everyone knows what’s coming at them.

“We’ve got good backs and good lineman,” Hammond said. “They follow their rules and their schemes, and (success) is what’s supposed to happen (when you do those things).”

Hammond was especially complimentary of his offensive line.

“They’ve been staying on people,” Hammond said. “That’s the name of the game: knowing who to block on each play in each series. You don’t have to dominate your man, you just have to stay in front of them.

“They’ve been really physical. You can’t run the football if you’re not going to want to get in there and get after it. We’d like for them to be even more physical, but they’ve done a good job and have gotten better every week.”

A tough, physical defense has also been a critical factor for the Bulldogs’ success this year, and Hammond credits good coaching by his assistants for the defense’s performance so far.

“When we subbed out at the six-minute mark in the fourth quarter (last Friday), we had given up just 30 total yards,” Hammond said. “When you can hold Hazlehurst to 30 yards, you’re doing well.

“The kids are flying around and throwing bodies into the pile. Defensive coordinator Adam Barron, as well as assistant coaches Tony Gibbs and Mike Goff, are pushing the kids to play hard and play physical.”

This Friday, the Bulldogs will play host to Amite County High School.

“They’re a big team that runs a lot of the same offensive philosophies that we do,” Hammond said. “We’ll kind of have a look at our own stuff coming right back at us.”

Hammond said the key to the game would be winning the turnover battle, making good tackles and winning the fight at the line of scrimmage.