BERWICK — The Berwick Panthers look to finish the season on a high note when they host Franklin Friday.
The Panthers (1-7, 0-5 District 9-3A) are coming off an emotionally charged week.
BHS held its homecoming game Friday after suffering a tragedy a day earlier when former homecoming king and football player Miles Liner, as well as former queen and cheerleading captain Taylor Adams, were injured in a motor vehicle accident.
Liner passed away Saturday.
During last week’s action, Abbeville broke open a close game in the second half, knocking off Berwick, 28-9.
Abbeville opened the game with a 12-play, 75-yard all-run drive that quarterback Ross Duhon capped on a 13-yard run with 6:33 remaining in the opening quarter. Duhon added the kick for a 7-0 lead.
The Panthers were getting a spark from quarterback Bobby Boudreaux on the ground, but with 3:57 remaining until the half, Boudreaux fumbled and dove into a pile trying to make the recovery. He was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct and kicked out of the game for allegedly throwing a punch.
Because he was dismissed from the game under the Louisiana High School Athletic Association’s fighting statute, Boudreaux will not be allowed to play this week, Berwick second-year head coach Craig Brodie Sr. said.
“We used the situation to teach the kids a life lesson,” he said. “We talked to them about not retaliating because two wrongs don’t make a right. It’s a sign of maturity to walk away, but that’s easier said than done in the heat of battle.”
BHS now has to replace its most consistent offensive threat. Boudreaux has been a dual threat this season.
Drew Landry and Jeremy Boudreaux split time under center last week and combined to complete 3-of-14 passes for 37 yards with two interceptions.
Berwick’s offense did get a spark from running back Luis Hernandez. Hernandez willed himself into the end zone, carrying four times for 34 yards, including a 16-yard touchdown. He was the team’s leading rusher with eight carries for 45 yards and a score.
Franklin (4-5, 1-4) lost to Patterson, 14-0, Friday.
The Hornets had a shot to make the playoffs if they’d won their remaining games but rival Patterson ended their playoff hopes.
“(Franklin head coach) J. (Ina) does a good job with those kids, and he will get them prepared to play,” Brodie said. “They are playing for pride now, so they will play hard and if they win, they will finish with a winning record.”
The Berwick program also would benefit greatly from a win.
“I feel we have gotten better every week,” Brodie said. “A win would be great going into offseason conditioning, etc.”
Friday’s kickoff is set for 7 p.m.