Ferriday dominates McCall

Published 12:00 am Saturday, October 30, 1999

FERRIDAY, La. – After squeezing past Block 21-20 last week, Ferriday High football coach James McFarland was looking for something positive Friday night against McCall.

His team was positively dominating in a 57-16 win over McCall.

&uot;We haven’t been playing well on offense or defense, so we really did need this,&uot; McFarland said. &uot;The last couple of games we went into halftime with the lead, but we would self-destruct in the third quarter. But we put a whole game together and put ourselves in position to be district champs, which is all we wanted.&uot;

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Ferriday, 6-3, is 3-0 in District 3-2A.

The Trojans visit Vidalia next Friday for the district championship. The Vikings, 3-0 in district, defeated Crowville 57-6 Friday.

McFarland may have been thinking self-destruction on Ferriday’s first drive after the Trojans moved 69 yards to the McCall 1-yard line, thanks mainly to a 33-yard pass from Aron Thomas to Lawrence Washington.

But on second-and-goal from the Dragon 1, Thomas was hit running the option and McCall recovered the ball in its own end zone.

&uot;I had flashbacks to last week,&uot; McFarland said. &uot;But we were able to overcome that pretty good.&uot;

McCall’s Jeremy O’Neal ran 20 yards on first down, but the Trojan defense stiffened.

McCall’s punter topped the ball for a minus-2 yard punt and Ferriday took over on the Dragon 43.

Thomas connected with Nathaniel Smith on a 42-yard pass to the McCall 5-yard line. Corey Gordon ran it in from there with 38 seconds remaining. Thomas passed to Smith on the conversion and the rout was on.

Ferriday would score four touchdowns in the second period to put the game away early.

The first score of the second quarter came on a 31-yard run by Cedric Jefferson, the first of four touchdowns on the night by Jefferson.

The conversion failed for a 14-0 lead.

McCall answered on its next possession as Dave Williams completed a 16-yard pass for a touchdown to Henry Guy. O’Neal ran in the conversion to make the score 14-8 with 7:04 remaining in the first half.

But McCall could forget any momentum that score may have brought them as Jefferson returned the ensuing kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown. Thomas and Smith teamed up on the conversion for a 22-8 lead.

Gordon intercepted a pass on McCall’s next possession to set up a 53-yard scoring pass from Thomas to Washington.

Washington finished with four catches for 125 yards.

&uot;It was just a fade rout and I blew right past my man,&uot;&160;Washington said. &uot;I&160;knew I could take him. I had him figured out after my first route.&uot;

Jefferson intercepted a Dragon pass on the next series and returned it 47 yards to the McCall 7. Jefferson took it in from there and Brennan Smith added the kick for a 35-8 Trojan lead.

Thomas hooked up with Jefferson on a 13-yard TD pass in the third quarter. Thomas completed 12 of 17 passes for 328 yards with one interception.

&uot;I had a terrible game last week and just felt like I had to come back and do a better job,&uot; Thomas said. &uot;We were clicking like we should. After I threw the first touchdown pass I felt good. It was just a matter of doing what we needed to do.&uot;

A 28-yard field goal by Brennon Smith and a 41-yard return of a botched punt attempt by Akeem Evans completed the Ferriday scoring and Smith added the kick.

McCall’s final score came on a 7-yard run by Avion Johnson with 22 seconds remaining.