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Ferriday: Trojans fight for playoffs

Published 12:01am Friday, October 19, 2012

FERRIDAY — The Ferriday High School football team is currently 0-2 in district play, but head coach Cleothis Cummings and the Trojan players know the season is not over quite yet.

Three games remain in the LHSAA District 2-2A schedule for the Trojans, and a winning streak would put the Trojans in playoff contention.

The first of those must-win ball games comes today when Ferriday travels to Lake Providence High School.

“We still have a chance to make it into the playoffs,” Cummings said. “A lot of people look at our overall record, but the pre-district record doesn’t matter now anyway. We are playing for a district title and a playoff berth, and we can do it.”

Ferriday will have to start their postseason run against a team that is in a similar position. Lake Providence has the same record as Ferriday — both overall and in the district.

Last season, the two teams played a 30-28 nail-biter with Ferriday coming out on top. Cummings said Lake Providence is a good team defensively that will test a Ferriday offense that has been inconsistent this season.

“We’ve had some success on offense, but we have got to make sure we finish,” he said.

The Trojans will have to tackle well against a Lake Providence team that has several dangerous skill players, including quarterback A.J. Bruce.

“Their quarterback is pretty awesome,” Cummings said.

The Trojan players know where they stand in the standings, and Cummings said they are focused on the postseason.

“Our kids are hungry, and they are fighting,” he said. “We look to win every time we go out, and we didn’t get down early in the season.”

A great sign for the Trojans is their improvement in the second half of games lately, and Cummings attributes that to the attitude of the players.

Ferriday (1-6, 0-2) will leave at approximately 2:30 this afternoon with kickoff scheduled for 7 p.m. at Lake Providence (1-6, 0-2).