Ferriday’s dreams dashed
Published 12:00 am Friday, November 24, 2000
FERRIDAY, La. – The Trojans’ state title run was ended Friday against the nearly impenetrable defense of the Farmerville Farmers, who defeated Ferriday 14-0 in a Class 2A quarter-final playoff match.
The Trojans finished the season 11-2, an accomplishment that leaves coach James McFarland less than satisfied.
&uot;You don’t get an award for playing good,&uot; he said.
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Ferriday, a team known all season as a defensive power, was stopped cold for most of the game by the Farmers.
Trojans running back Corey Gordon, who topped the 2,000-yard mark in last week’s win over Christian Life, was held to only 10 yards on eight carries, and Ferriday managed only 52 rushing yards in the game.
&uot;If we could have run the ball more in the first half, I think it would have been a different game,&uot; McFarland said. &uot;But their defense made us one-dimensional. We’re not a good one-dimensional team.&uot;
Neither team scored in the first quarter, though not for lack of opportunity.
On the second play of the Farmers’ opening possession, Kenneth Haulcy hit Tomorrio Bilberry for a 40-yard strike to the Ferriday 25-yard-line. A later fourth down pass fell incomplete, however, and the ball was turned over on downs.
Also in the first quarter, the Trojans scooped up a Farmer fumble on their own 46. A holding penalty stalled the drive however, and Ferriday was forced to punt.
Haulcy again found a hole in the Trojan secondary early in the second quarter and connected with Bilberry for a 27-yard score. The extra point attempt was blocked, and the 6-0 score lasted until the third quarter.
The Trojans moved to an empty backfield, shotgun formation in the second half and used three different quarterbacks, but none of them had much success.
Tyrrence Taylor was 7-of-14 for 60 yards with one interception, and Lawrence Washington, a starting wide receiver, completed only 1-of-3 for 26 yards with two picks. Brennan Smith was used primarily for quarterback draws. He finished 0-for-2 passing, but earned 35 yards on seven carries rushing.
&uot;We had to try something,&uot; McFarland said. &uot;We weren’t moving the ball. They took it to us.&uot;
Farmerville scored again on its first possession of the second half. Haulcy, who finished 7-of-10 for 154 yards with 2 TDs and no interceptions, connected with Jonathan Ellison for a 30-yard touchdown.
The Farmers scored a safety late in the game when Washington fumbled the snap in his own endzone.
Farmerville (10-3) hosts Riverside (13-0) Friday in the Class 2A Semifinal game. The victor then plays the winner of Many (11-2) and Ouachita Christian (10-3) in New Orleans for the state title.
&uot;I really think we had a good season,&uot; McFarland said. &uot;I’m proud of my kids. I love my kids. We just came up short in this game.&uot;