Despite loss of star running back, Ferriday determined to stay unbeaten

Published 12:00 am Thursday, September 21, 2000

What could possibly dampen spirits in Ferriday? The Trojans are 3-0, the defense has not allowed a single point all season, and they’re ranked No.15 among all Louisiana 2A schools. The 4A Marksville Tigers coming to town at 7 p.m. today might do it. The injury to star running back Corey Gordon will almost certainly affect morale.

&uot;Corey is one of the best — if not the best — backs in the state,&uot; Ferriday head coach James McFarland said. &uot;But by no means are we throwing in the towel.&uot;

The Trojans will use quarterback Brennan Smith, among others, as a tailback to help the running game, McFarland said.

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Gordon injured his knee in last week’s 36-0 win over Northeast, McFarland added. He may miss up to two weeks of practice and games.

Ferriday could use him this week, McFarland said.

&uot;Marksville is a good football team,&uot; he said. &uot;They’re big up front on defense, they’ve got two good running backs and they’re offensive line seems pretty good, too. They’re 2-1, and they seem well coached.&uot;


Mount Olive at Huntington

The Huntington Hounds host the Mount Olive Eagles at 7:30 p.m. today for a homecoming match-up that has Huntington coach Gerald Reeves a little worried.

&uot;Mount Olive is 1-4, but they’re a much better team than their record indicates,&uot; he said. &uot;We didn’t schedule Mount Olive because they were weak.&uot;

Added to the Eagles’ potential skill is the constant distraction of homecoming festivities, Reeves said.

&uot;There’s something going on every day,&uot; he said. &uot;We’ve had dancing girls, food, music — everything but football.&uot;

Even with such distractions, football can’t be too far from the thoughts of Reeves’ players, who earned a huge upset 30-3 victory against Chamberlain-Hunt Academy last week.

&uot;We showed up to play,&uot; Reeves said.

Running backs Kenneth Clayton and Luke Davis were instrumental in the win, Reeves said, and will be key players in tonight’s game.

&uot;Neither one of them are real speed demons, but they’re both good, hard runners,&uot; he said. &uot;Slashing-type runners.&uot;

Mount Olive is not a district opponent, but the game is an important one just the same, Reeves said.

&uot;When you’re 3-2, you’re doing pretty good, but the game is a turning point for us for the rest of the season,&uot; he said.



The winless Adams County Christian School Rebels host the 1-4 Wilkinson County Christian Academy Rams at 7 p.m. Friday.

&uot;They’re a lot like us,&uot; Rebel coach Bo Swilley said. &uot;They’re what I consider to be a good team that for whatever reason, hasn’t had much success this year.&uot;