Trojans shut out Wildcats

Published 12:00 am Saturday, September 30, 2000

FERRIDAY, La. – A swarming, attacking defense and 33 second-half points gave the Ferriday Trojans their fifth win of the season and preserved the team’s perfect record Friday as the Trojans shut out Winnsboro 33-0.

Both defenses were stingy and more than able to cause turnovers. Three turnovers occurred in less than a minute in the first quarter, but no points resulted. The halftime score was 0-0.

On the opening kickoff of the second quarter, however, Wildcats returner John Wilson fumbled the ball, which was recovered by Ferriday linebacker Carlton Curvin.

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On the Trojans’ first offensive play of the half, running back Brennan Smith bounced outside and streaked 25 yards for the touchdown.

Ferriday’s defense caused the Wildcats to punt away their ensuing possession.

On Ferriday’s second offensive play of the half, quarterback Tyrrence Taylor found Lawrence Washington deep down the field. Washington made the catch and outran Winnsboro’s defensive backs for the 52-yard score. Smith scampered into the endzone for the conversion to make the score 14-0.

Trojan running back Corey Gordon, who missed last week’s game with a knee injury, did not play until the second half.

&uot;We needed a spark,&uot; Ferriday coach James McFarland said. &uot;We talked to Corey about his knee and he said it was fine. We needed a shot in the arm.&uot;

Gordon responded with 163 yards and two touchdowns on 13 attempts. Gordon’s scores came on runs of 88 and 32 yards. Taylor also connected with wide out Nathanial Smith for a 33-yard touchdown.

The Wildcats (3-2) were contained by the Trojan defense all night. Jacob Thomas led Winnsboro on the ground with 74 yards on 26 carries. Quarterback Mitch Cooper was 5-of-20 passing for only 49 yards. He was intercepted twice.

Taylor finished the game 6-of-17 for 132 yards, with two touchdowns and an interception. Brennan Smith added 73 yards and a touchdown on nine rushing attempts, and Washington led Trojan receivers with 92 yards and a touchdown on four catches.

Ferriday (5-0) entered the game as the No. 10 team in the state in Division 2A.

&uot;That doesn’t matter,&uot; said linebacker Stanley Smith. &uot;As long as we keep winning.&uot;

Ferriday travels to Crowville next week.