LHSAA previews: Ferriday set to host RichwoodPublished 12:01am Thursday, September 26, 2013
Ferriday — The Ferriday High School Trojans (2-1) are still trying to find their identity on offense and tighten up their defense, and head coach Cleothis Cummings said there is still a long way to go before they reach their peak.
“We haven’t done anything yet,” Cummings said. “We beat two good teams, but we can’t get satisfied with those two wins. It’s still a long season, and they can’t get complacent with those wins.”
Despite a 40-0 shutout against Vidalia High School last week, Cummings said he wasn’t satisfied with his team’s performance.
“There were a lot of things that we didn’t do well all around, especially on special teams and defense,” Cummings said. “Even though we had a shut out, we still had some miscues.”
Cummings said he has a lot of offensive weapons, but they’re not being utilized to their full potential.
“On offense, we still have to find a way to make plays and not just depend on one guy,” he said. “Once we get to that point where we can utilize all of our guys, we’ll be OK.”
But Cummings said nothing would change in their offensive scheme as they go head-to-head with Richwood High School Friday.
“We’re not changing anything, we’re just strategizing offensively and defensively to prepare for Richwood,” Cummings said. “(Richwood) has a lot of team speed and size, so we just want to make sure we put our kids in the best situation possible.”
Ferriday High School will host Richwood at 7 p.m. Friday.
Block High School
Jonesville — Being winless in its first three games is no big deal to Block High School (0-3) head coach Benny Vault Jr.
Vault said he is aware of the outcome of making such a tough schedule for his Bears and why he made it.
As a Class 1A school, Block started out their season playing No. 1-ranked Ouachita Christian High School, Class 2A Ferriday High School and Class 3A Jena High School.
“We make our own schedule, and I schedule them for a reason,” Vault said. “By time we get to district and playoffs, we’ll be ready because I threw them in the fire with bigger teams.
“We’re 0-3, but I feel we’re still going to win the state championship.”
Next on the schedule for Block is Class 4A Peabody Magnet High School. Block will play Peabody Saturday instead of under the usual Friday night lights, and Vault said he sees it as a good thing.
“It’s their homecoming, and they have some big activities set and wanted to play on Saturday,” Vault said. “It’s just an extra day of practice for us. It’ll give us time to put in more reps.”
Vault said this week’s practice would consist of making sure the players are ready to compete for a full 48 minutes.
“Our conditioning is really good,” he said. “I want to make sure my kids play from the opening whistle to the last whistle.”
Block will head to Peabody at 7 p.m. Saturday.