Ben Franklin’s football team didn’t compete in a district this season, so the team won’t be headed to the playoffs.
But the Falcons ended the season on a high note, winning their last four games to finish the season 5-5.
It is the school’s best record since 2007, coach Wally Scott said.
“There were two keys to the season,” said Scott, in his fifth season. “They bought into what we were doing and they worked really hard.”
Ben Franklin started the season with a win over Ridgewood, then lost five straight games.
But the Falcons rebounded, closing the season with wins over Ecole Classique, Grace King, Fisher and Cohen.
Not bad for a school that dressed out just 19 players in its final game after starting the season with 27 players.
“We had some that got hurt along the way, but the ones who stayed were willing to play and play hard.”
Quarterback Jack Heyl led the way, finishing with over 1,000 rushing yards on the season.
He ran for five touchdowns and threw for two more in the regular season finale against Cohen. He rushed for 201 yards and threw for another 93 yards.
“He is just a super kid and I can’t say enough about him,” Scott said. “He could play at a small Division I school. And he has great grades too.”
Donte Scott, a versatile junior, will likely replace Scott next season.
Scott is unsure if Ben Franklin will compete in a district in 2017 during the LHSAA’s next reclassification cycle.
This season, Ben Franklin would have been in the tough District 9-4A that includes Warren Easton, Karr, McDonogh 35, Carver and Belle Chasse.
“It’s hard to tell right now,” Scott said about competing for district honors. “We have to wait and see. It would have been a different story this year had we been in that district. That’s a rough district.”
Early signing period
Several athletes from the greater New Orleans area will be signing national letters of intent Wednesday, the first day of the NCAA’s early signing period.
Three baseball players from Brother Martin are scheduled to sign.
Blair Frederick is expected to sign with LSU, while teammates Keagan Gillies and Michael Kirsch will with Tulane.
Some of the other athletes scheduled to sign Wednesday include John Curtis cross-country/distance runner Devyn Keith and softball players Payton Adams, Toni Hebert and Toni Rizzo.
All schools are encouraged to email signing day photos to email@example.com.
McDonogh 35 running back Darius May is no longer committed to Tulane.
“I wanted to re-open my options, and they didn’t have my major,” May said via text message when asked about his decision.
He said he wants to major in mechanical or electrical engineering.
He committed to the Green Wave in May.
The 6-foot-1, 190 pound May has rushed for over 1,200 yards this season for the Roneagles, who will play Woodlawn-Shreveport in the Class 4A playoffs Friday.