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Friday in review: Young Trojan skill players provide hope for future

LAUREN WOOD | THE NATCHEZ DEMOCRAT — Ferriday High School wide receiver Trey Hall runs past Sterlington High School’s Casey Sutton during Friday’s game at Ferriday. Hall played a key role for the Trojan offense rushing, catching and passing. He is one of several young skill players stepping up for the Trojans.

ferriday — It has been a long, tough season for the Ferriday High School football team this year.

Friday night’s home loss to Sterlington High School dropped the Trojans to 1-8 on the season, and sent the few seniors on the team out with a loss in their final home game.

But the Ferriday offense did find a few sparks, especially in the passing game, from some underclassmen who provide a bright future for the Trojans.

Freshman quarterback Ronald Davis, sophomore quarterback Shannon Morales and sophomore wide receivers Trey Hall and Adrian Wiggins all made big plays in the passing game for Ferriday.

Davis took most of the snaps at quarterback and completed seven of 13 passes for 99 yards.

“Ronald has been progressing all season,” head coach Cleothis Cummings said. “As a freshman, you don’t expect that from him. I am proud of him. I coached him in middle school, and he understands the offense that we are trying to install. And he’s a good kid.”

Davis understands what he needs to do to develop as a quarterback, and he feels that he has made some progress, he said.

“My vision has gotten better,” Davis said. “I know when to step up in the pocket and move around big hits. And I know when to trust my teammates.”

Davis did make two mistakes in the loss to Sterlington, but Cummings said that is part of the growing pains for a freshman signal caller.

“Interceptions are going to happen,” Cummings said. “Only Peyton Manning and Tom Brady can expect to go out and not have any interceptions. It’s a learning process, and he’s going to work those things out.”

Davis said receivers like Hall and Wiggins make his job easier.

“They are good guys to have, because I know if I am not able to get a ball perfectly to them, they can go get it,” Davis said.

Wiggins finished Friday night’s game with four receptions for 120 yards and a touchdown. Hall caught four passes for 40 yards, rushed for 44 yards and a touchdown and also threw a pass to Wiggins for 43 yards.

“Those two are young, and all our wide receivers are young,” Cummings said. “They both got some playing time last year, and we are getting more out of them.”

Davis said the youth on offense is something that excites him for the future of Ferriday football.

“(Playing time now) is just better for next year,” he said. “It will be great in the future if our team can keep playing and get better.”

Ferriday will finish up its season Friday at Lakeside High School.