Is Ferriday headed for a state championship?

Published 12:00 am Saturday, September 30, 2000

It has been said that defenses win championships. If that holds true, Ferriday will soon be crowned District 2A state champions.

The Trojan defense allowed no points and only 137 total yards Friday against Winnsboro. It was Ferriday’s third shut-out of the season.

In fact, Ferriday has outscored its opponents 157-26 this year, a statistic head coach James McFarland says speaks volumes of his team’s defensive unit.

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&uot;What can I say?&uot; he said. &uot;We are a very good defensive team. I’ve always said that if we score three touchdowns, we win.&uot;

Linebacker Stanley Smith was a tad more optimistic. &uot;Once we score one touchdown, it’s over,&uot; he said.

&uot;We’re tough, hard,&uot; linebacker Carlton Curvin said. &uot;I compare this defense to the Steelers’ ‘Iron Curtain.’&uot;

The Trojans, not unlike the Pittsburgh team of yesteryear, kept the ball in their offense’s hands for most of Friday’s game, forcing six Wildcats turnovers and six punts.

&uot;Nobody will come in here and run on us,&uot; McFarland said. &uot;You have to be balanced to beat us.&uot;