Ferriday, Huntington look to improve their records with road wins

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, September 6, 2000

Both Ferriday and Huntington will meet their opponents on foreign turf this week when the Trojans face Jefferson County and the Hounds face Amite School Center at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Ferriday offensive coordinator James Davis knows the dangers of having a one-dimensional team.

So, despite a 14-7 win in the season opener against Peabody, Davis said the Trojans have spent this week upgrading their passing game.

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&uot;We’ll be able to run the ball,&uot; Davis said, &uot;but to keep the defense honest, we’ll have to throw the ball.&uot;

Especially at Jefferson County Friday, against a team with a six-man defensive front, he said.

&uot;They’ve got a lot of big guys up front,&uot; Davis said. &uot;We can’t run right at them. But they leave their secondary vulnerable to the pass. We take advantage of that and make some plays in the air, and we’ll be all right.&uot;

Davis will depend on senior running back Corey Gordon for his ground game, and will use two sophomores at quarterback — Tyrrence Taylor and Brennan Smith.

&uot;Our quarterbacks will definitely have to step up,&uot; Davis said. &uot;And our receivers are going to have to give them some help. They missed some passes and missed some big plays last week.&uot;

Jefferson County (1-1) beat Crystal Springs last Friday 34-28 in overtime, thanks to impressive play by quarterback Londell Eanochs and linebacker/running back Tavaris Hughes.

The key for a Ferriday win Friday will be a consistent running game with a balanced passing attack, Davis said.

&uot;Our defense is playing well,&uot; he said. &uot;If we can score three touchdowns, we’ll be victorious in all our games.&uot;

Huntington (2-1) will play at Amite (2-1) team that lost it’s first game last week in a 13-9 defensive struggle with Centreville. The Hounds defeated Plain Dealing last week 21-15, almost squandering a 21-0 halftime lead.