St. Amant's cornerback/running back K.J. Franklin is one of the 10 parish football players to watch in 2018.

The high-school football season is close. You can almost taste it.

In just one more week, teams from throughout the parish will be playing in their jamboree games. The week after that, they'll officially kick off the regular season.

The 2017 season was one of the best the parish has seen in a long time. Five of the six teams reached the second round of the playoffs. Ascension Catholic finished as Division-IV runner-up.

It should be another great year for parish football as the many standouts return from last season.

K.J. Franklin (St. Amant)

You'd be hard-pressed to find a more versatile player in the parish than K.J. Franklin. In his junior season, Franklin was a first-team all-district cornerback on defense. He also made the all-district team as an offensive athlete. Franklin has excelled throughout his career in being used by the Gators as a return specialist, a running back and a wide receiver.

To see the other nine parish players on the list, pick up an Aug. 16 edition of the Weekly Citizen or Donaldsonville Chief.