Trojans to face Panthers on senior night

Published 12:01am Thursday, October 25, 2012

FERRIDAY — Sterlington High School is bringing a team that’s undefeated in district play to Ferriday High School Friday night.

The Trojans, meanwhile, are just trying to win a game.

Ferriday (1-7, 0-3) will host the Panthers (4-4, 3-0) Friday for senior night, and head coach Cleothis Cummings said he expects to see a well-coached team in Sterlington.

“Coach Mike Collins and his assistants do a great job training the kids in their system,” Cummings said. “They run a split-back veer, and they have a ton of good athletes.”

Cummings said the Panthers’ offensive line has good size and comes off the ball well, and his team would have to show a lot of improvement from last week’s 44-12 loss at Lake Providence.

“We took a step back last week, and we need to come out and be competitive,” Cummings said.

“The kids understand what we have to do. We want to make sure to give the seniors something to go out on. We don’t want to give up and say, ‘This is it.’ We have to be prepared to go out and win.”

Though the Trojans’ playoff hopes are slim, Cummings said his team could still possibly get in if it wins the final two games on the schedule.

Cummings said he is proud of this year’s senior class, and he hopes the lessons they’ve learned playing football will translate to success later in life.

“We always tell them, we have to mature and develop positive characteristics so when they do graduate and get out into the world, they have something to lean on,” Cummings said.

Kickoff is at 7 p.m. Friday at Ferriday.