Lloyd: Trojans ‘played their hearts out’

Published 12:00 am Saturday, September 2, 2000

FERRIDAY, La. — The Ferriday High Trojans dominated on defense Friday night in a 14-7 win against the Peabody Warhorses.

In their first game of the season, the Trojans held the Warhorses with their defense throughout the game.

&uot;(The team) could improve offensively and defensively,&uot; coach Rodney Lloyd said. But, &uot;they played their hearts out, and I’m very proud of them.&uot;

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Ferriday took the lead in the first quarter with a touchdown by quarterback Brennan Smith, but the Trojans missed the extra point.

In the second quarter, the Warhorses took the lead with a 35-yard touchdown run by quarterback Chevron Clark.

Both teams battled with turnovers until the final minute of the fourth quarter, when Trojans running back Corey Gordon broke away to score on a 36-yard touchdown.

Gordon then ran in the two-point conversion to win the game.

Peabody coach Emile Celestine said his players would need to focus on their next game against Vinton and work harder on special teams.

The game was not without an injury, however. Ferriday wide receiver Robert Taylor hurt his ankle in the first quarter when Peabody linebacker Mitch Williams hit him as Taylor was running the ball.

Lloyd said he thinks Taylor will return for next week’s game against the Fayette Tigers.