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Ferriday falls in homecoming loss

Ferriday quarterback Shannon Morales not only fumbled the ball, but also planted his face in the dirt against West St. Mary High School’s Kyler Jackson in the fourth quarter Friday night. (Ben Hillyer \ The Natchez Democrat)
Ferriday quarterback Shannon Morales not only fumbled the ball, but also planted his face in the dirt against West St. Mary High School’s Kyler Jackson in the fourth quarter Friday night. (Ben Hillyer \ The Natchez Democrat)

Ferriday — The Ferriday High School Trojans collapsed in the third quarter of their homecoming game to West St. Mary High School with a devastating 21-20 loss.

The game started off fairly well for the Trojans (2-3) with Adrian Wiggins taking matters into his own hands with two interceptions and a touchdown in the first half.

He caught three passes for 89 yards as well as 51 rushing yards. Ronald Davis tallied on 38 extra yards for the Trojans while Glenn Marsh West St. Mary had 16 carries for 125 yards.

Wiggins got his first interception at the 3:44 mark of the first quarter on a fourth-down attempt by the Wolf Pack.

The Trojans took over at the 29-yard line, and just a few plays later, Wiggins was back at it with a 22-yard touchdown. The two-point conversion failed as Ferriday went up 6-0 at the end of the first.

In the second quarter, Ferriday capitalized on the Wolfpack’s mistakes as an offsides call got the Trojans down to the 4-yard line before Davis trucked it into the end zone.

This time, the Dontrell Domino got the two-point conversion.

Going into halftime 14-0 seemed like the right way to start their homecoming weekend, but the third quarter brought a Trojan meltdown.

West St. Mary scored all 21 of its points in the third quarter as it seemed like the Trojans lacked energy.

Torrance Ballard got the Wolfpack on the scoreboard at the 7:02 mark, Jovan Anderson’s extra-point kick was good to make the score 14-7.

The Wolfpack had all the momentum as they blocked a punt at the 5:33 mark to get the ball at the Trojans’ 12-yard line. On the next play, Morris scored, and the extra-point kick was good to even the score at 14.

The Trojans fell behindwhen the Wolfpack’s Kyler Jackson recovered Shannon Morales’ fumble and took it in for a 20-yard drive.

The extra-point put West St. Mary up 21-14.

Ferriday wasn’t able to comeback as J’Shon Foster scored a 44-yard pass from Morales, but the two-point conversion failed leaving Ferriday down one, and they were unable to get the win against the Wolfpack.

Ferriday head coach Cleothis Cummings said he wasn’t pleased with the way his payers came out in the second half.

“We didn’t play at all, games like this the kids have to want it,” Cummings said. “We just came out expecting to win in the second half.”

Cummings said the defense didn’t give a good enough effort to stop the charging Wolfpack in the third quarter.

“They started running the ball at us; we just had to go up there and stop the dime,” he said. “We weren’t filling the holes; we were running past guys and missing tackles.”

The Ferriday Trojans start district against Sterlington High School at 7 p.m. Friday.