The game Port Allen’s Mekyle Franklin had against The Church Academy rivals the seasons of some defensive backs.
Franklin was responsible for five Crusader turnovers with two fumble recoveries and three interceptions, which included a 105-yard interception return for a touchdown.
That performance earned Franklin Westside Journal Player of the Week honors.
“I had to execute,” Franklin said after the win. “My team needed me, so I had to execute. It (game) was good, but I can get better. We didn’t want our season to end right now. We wanted to keep playing.”
Franklin recovered a fumble on the opening kickoff and his interception return gave the Pelicans a 17-0 lead late in the first half.
“The kid has been there all year long,” said Port Allen head coach Don Gibson. “He’s been the glue on our defense. I’m so proud of the kid and he’s only a sophomore. The best is yet to come for him. He’s only scratching the surface right now. He’s got a nose for the football. That’s something we worked on this summer and I’m really proud of the improvement that he’s made in being around the football and making the plays he needs to make.”
The Pelicans closed out the regular season on a two-game winning streak where the team averaged over 34 points per game with an average margin of victory of 31 points in the two contests.
“We had to get our focus back,” Franklin said. “We were worried about the wrong things. We had to regain our focus and start working as a team. Football is an 11-man sport.”