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Ferriday looking for confidence booster before playoffs

Published 12:01am Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Ferriday — The season is far from over for the Ferriday High School Trojans.

Though they hold a 2-7 record with a five-game losing streak, head coach Cleothis Cummings said it takes just one game to get things back on track and possibly still make the playoffs.

“We’re at the point where our backs are against the wall,” Cumming said. “If we can get this win, it could set everything straight and we can feed off of it going into the playoffs.”

Last week’s defeat to Jonesboro High School saw a lot of mistakes including several turnovers.

But Cummings said despite the negatives, he was pleased with his players being mentally ready to play a football game.

“Last week, our guys were mentally prepared, but we had two busts on special teams,” Cummings said. “We hadn’t had a bust on special teams all season, and Jonesboro was able to get two scores off of that.

Interceptions and fumbles have been our killer for the past two weeks, and we’re trying to figure out how to eliminate that and get on the right track.”

Cummings said quarterback Shannon Morales has thrown eight interceptions in the past two games, and he would be working extensively with him to eliminate that number.

The Trojans’ last regular season game is against General Trass High School, and Cummings said his players would have to toughen up on defense and try to slow down quarterback Allen Bruce if they want to have a chance to win.

“They’re very scrappy and very athletic,” Cummings said. “Bruce has been one of those guys that has given teams a lot of problems for the last two years. We just have to limit him to the success he has had against other teams.”

The Trojans have been working hard to get back to their defensive mindset, especially as the postseason approaches. Cummings said his players are giving the effort, but they must be knowledgeable of what the offense may throw at them as well.

“We’ve been breaking down film and trying to figure out tendencies on what they’re doing,” he said. “The kids know exactly what they have to do as far as defense goes. We’re just going to go out and play our assignments.”

Ferriday heads to Lake Providence to take on General Trass at 7 p.m. Friday.