Friday night, the Port Allen Pelicans ended their regular season on a high note, defeating the Glen Oaks Panthers 40-12. The Pels concluded their scheduled season with a 3-6 record.
DeMarcus Franklin was named MVP of the week with over 250 yards rushing, and topped the 1,000 yard rushing mark for the season during the game.
“It’s a big accomplishment for him,” said Port Allen Head Coach Guy Blanchard. “One hundred yards in a game is a big deal, and he had 253 Friday night.”
Blanchard said that Franklin was a major key in the Pelicans’ victory.
“He set the tone for us for the night,” said Blanchard. “He only had one touchdown, but he set up many others.”
Kevin Ransom scored three touchdowns for the Pelicans, while a 59 yard pass from Alex Hebert to Telson Allen scored another one.
“I was glad to see how more young kids have stepped up,” said Blanchard. “Juwan Johnson had a big night at running back; he did really well.”
Johnson gained 94 yards on seven carries and scored a touchdown for the Pels, which gave Port Allen a total of six touchdowns to Glen Oaks’ two, as the game ended 40-12.
“Defense is really starting to play together as a unit,” said Blanchard. “They only gave up six points all night.”
Defensive players Morris Miller had four tackles, and Jarious Robertson and Marcus Keyes each had three. Keyes and Miller both had a sack.
Terrione Thomas also had a big game defensively, causing two turnovers - Thomas recovered a fumble and intercepted a pass. He also defended four passes. Dontrius Franklin was also on the receiving end of an interception.
Though they hold a losing record, the Pelicans coaches, team and fans are crossing their fingers for a chance to play in the playoffs after gaining a little momentum toward the season’s end.
“With a little luck, we’ll get into playoffs for one more game,” said Blanchard.