4A FINALS: Karr vs. Franklinton

Karr may be the No. 1 seed in Class 4A, but many people feel that No. 6 Franklinton, the 2009 state runner-up, is the favorite to win the state title this evening at the Louisiana Superdome. Will the Demons and Mississippi State commit Josh Robinson beat the top-seeded Cougars?

(Class 4A picks through four rounds: 19-11; Overall, 116-35)

NO. 1 KARR (13-1) VS. NO. 6 FRANKLINTON (13-1) -- Under head coach Shane Smith, Franklinton has developed a reputation for its high-powered offense.

Led by the tandem of quarterback Terrance Magee, a three-star LSU commit, and running back Josh Robinson, a three-star Mississippi State commit, the Demons have scored 702 points this fall.

Josh Robinson
Franklinton has scored at least 48 points in 11-of-14 games. Their season-low of 20 points came in a season-opening loss (35-20) to Class 5A Abilene, Texas.

A short, stocky southpaw, Magee is projected as a running back on the next level, but he can sling the ball around the field, having thrown for over 2,400 yards with 33 TDs and only 3 interceptions. The senior also leads the team in rushing with 1,246 yards and 19 TDs. He's averaging 9.1 yards per carry.

Robinson, who is built quite similar to Magee, gets more than 12 yards per carry. He's gained 1088 yards on 90 carries with 16 touchdowns.

Both Magee and Robinson are strong enough that they can burst through a pack of tacklers at any time. Each of the duo is also surprisingly fast, considering how thickly they're built (Magee is around 5-9, 200; Robinson, 5-9, 205).

Terrance Magee
Lanky 6-foot-4 senior wide receiver Chris Briggs has grabbed 50 receptions for 810 yards and 14 TDs, and fellow WR Vincent Wilson has 41 catches for 602 yards and 6 touchdowns.

Linebacker Lawrence Robinson and defensive back Tyson Magee are other key players to watch for Franklinton, which lost to Neville in last year's championship game.

Karr's offense is directed by quarterback Tollette George, who threw for two scores and ran for two more in last week's 32-0 semifinal win over Teurlings Catholic.

George, a 5-foot-10, 155-pound senior, has thrown for over 2,700 yards with 22 TDs. In addition, he's picked up almost 700 yards on the ground with 14 touchdowns. Wide receivers Jarrell Bennett, Neal Randall and Rasheed Davis, and running backs Aquanius Freeman and Johnathan Hill join George as primary playmakers for the Cougars.

Timothy Johnson
Junior offensive lineman Derek Edinburgh is generating interest from major college programs across the nation, and linebacker Timothy Johnson committed to Miami of Ohio this week. Linebacker Matt Bailey, who is expected to play safety on the next level, is committed to local school Tulane.

"This should be a pretty close game," said four-star defensive tackle Mickey Johnson of St. Paul's (which defeated Karr in the season-opener). "I'm familiar with both teams. During the summer, I was at some 7-on-7's with the Franklinton players and we played Karr.

"I'd say that Franklinton and Karr are pretty equal. Both teams have great speed with quarterbacks that can run. Both offensive lines are pretty strong. I think it will come down to the last drive of the game. I'll go with Karr to win, 13-10."

Johnson's teammate, WR Jermaine Sams (SMU commit) also weighed in on the matchup.

"I know most of Karr's players," Sams said. "We played Karr each of the past two years. Both teams have fast defenses and offenses that can move the ball. I hope Karr wins."

Last week, the Cougars defeated Teurlings Catholic to advance to the finals and Scout.com spoke with Teurlings junior quarterback Dshaie Landor.

"Karr is big, fast, and physical," said Landor, whose team knocked powerhouses Lutcher and Neville out of the playoffs. "Karr stopped our running game and that forced us to throw the ball all the time. They contain well and do a good job of shutting down a team's running weapons. I know that Franklinton has a good offense."

BOTTOM LINE : Karr does have a great defense, but so does O.P. Walker and Franklinton pulled away from the Chargers late in the game last week to win going away, 36-6.

Karr should be able to score some points on the Demons, but it's virtually impossible to halt Franklinton's offense. Magee and Robinson are capable of scoring on any touch, and if a defense concentrates too much on stopping the run, then Magee will burn them through the air.

Franklinton, 34-23

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