October 29, 2010

Favorites win big

Let's see: A 63-0 win for No. 74 Bishop Gorman, 56-6 for No. 5 Phoebus, 49-0 for No. 58 Columbus, 43-0 for No. 38 Carver and 35-0 for No. 45 Mullen.

Did any of our Top 100 teams get a test Thursday night?

Oh, yes - the Game of the Week. Which certainly proved to be worthy of the title as No. 75 Franklinton (La.) High overcame a 15-point second-half deficit to knock off No. 42 Slidell (La.) Salmen, 35-28.

It turned out to be a game of redemption for wide receiver Vincent Wilson, who caught the game-winning 38-yard TD pass with 52 seconds remaining.

The normally sure-handed Wilson had dropped three potential TD passes earlier. He was so bad, in fact, that even he wasn't sure he was going to get the ball.

"At first, when they called it, I didn't think [Terrance Magee] was going to throw it to me because I dropped the first three touchdown passes I had," Vincent told PelicanPreps.com. "He still trusted me to come down with the catch so I had to make the play when it matters."

Magee completed 18 of 27 passes for 213 yards and four touchdowns and ran for 79 yards and another score. Wilson was able to hang on to three of his passes for 46 yards.

A big game? Sure. But both squads know they may meet again in the state playoffs - they met last year. A state title remains the ultimate goal.

"We thought we were prepared; thought we did everything in practice to come out and win the football game, but they were the better team tonight," Salmen QB Matt Lipham said. "We had mistakes here and there that could have changed the outcome, but they capitalized. It's not the end of the season. It is a big game. We lost. But that is not our goal. Our goal is to win a state championship."

  • RivalsHigh take: This game lived up to all the hype. The two teams went back-and-forth all evening with Franklinton making the plays at the end that it needed. Look for the two to lock up again in the playoffs.
  • MORE: Read the complete game story from PelicanPreps.com.


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