Franklin Academy’s experience, speed too much for WCCA in Cougars’ blowout win

Published 11:35 pm Friday, September 22, 2023

WINNSBORO, La. — Wilkinson County Christian Academy could not overcome the loss of starting quarterback Jacob Sessions and the Rams could not contain Franklin Academy’s high-powered offense as the Cougars came away with a 46-14 win last Friday night in the MAIS 8-Man District 3-1A opener for both teams.

Sessions, who went out of last week’s homecoming loss to Tallulah Academy with a broken collarbone, had surgery on the injury earlier in the day. And with back-up quarterback Tucker Freeman also unable to play with a similar injury, head coach Randy Holloway had to go quarterback-by-committee.

“Cole Partridge started at quarterback. It’s the first time Cole ever took a high school snap. I thought he did a tremendous job. He threw one touchdown pass. Jack Orgeron shared some snaps. Dax Doyle shared some snaps,” Holloway said. “We lost our dual-threat quarterback in Sessions. It’s hard to replace him. Our quarterbacks did an exceptional job.”

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WCCA’s defense tried its best to keep the Rams in the game and did so for about a quarter and a half. Franklin Academy (3-3, 1-0) led 14-0 before WCCA scored a touchdown to make it a 14-6 game with 6:04 to go until halftime.

Then the Cougars took over, scoring three touchdowns and converting three two-point conversions over the final 3:17 of the second quarter for a 38-6 halftime lead. Both teams scored a touchdown and a two-point conversion in the third quarter.

“We did not give up. Our kids are resilient. We had a good week of practice,” Holloway said. “We ran into an experienced team in Franklin Academy. They have a lot of team speed. We don’t have a lot of speed on defense. They’re a good football team. An experienced team like that, they’re not going to do anything to hurt themselves,” Holloway said.

WCCA (2-4, 0-1) will travel to St. Joseph, La. to take on Tensas Academy in what will be a district game between the two teams next Friday at 7 p.m.