Ferriday returns two interceptions for scores in win over Block

Published 12:00 am Friday, September 17, 2004

FERRIDAY, La. &045; Montago Tennessee was just as tired as every one of his Ferriday teammates midway through the fourth quarter.

But, you know, funny things happen when you’re in pass coverage and the ball comes your way. With the game on the line and Block threatening to score, Bears quarterback Matt Johnson threw one Tennessee’s way with the Trojans’ back up against their 10-yard line.

For the moment, Tennessee felt a burst of energy.

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He knocked Johnson’s pass straight up in the air, caught it and took it 84 yards to the house for the final score to help the Trojans take a 25-13 win over the Bears for their first win of the season.

&uot;I knew if they scored, the game would be close,&uot; said Tennessee, who returned one of the team’s two interceptions for touchdowns. &uot;I was tired, but I ran as hard as I can. When I saw it, it was moving real slow. I tipped it, stayed with it and ran down field.&uot;

The pick was one of a combined six turnovers by both teams, but it proved to ultimately be the deciding score. The Trojans were tired there in the fourth quarter &045; you would be, too, if you were lined up opposite that Block offense &045; but got some key stops in the second half, including three times on fourth down inside the FHS 30.

While it wasn’t anything near textbook, the win was good for a team coming off a 34-0 decision last week.

&uot;It’s always good to get the W,&uot; Ferriday head coach James McFarland said. &uot;Turnovers played a big part in that game. We turned it over some, and it just so happened we were able to capitalize on their turnovers with two interceptions for a touchdown.

&uot;It wasn’t a must-win situation, and I knew we matched up well with Block. Being the third-ranked team in the state, I knew they would be a good ball club.&uot;

The Bears had the most trouble with the turnovers with the two interceptions and two more fumbles, and it hampered the offense’s ability to maintain any rhythm. The Bears moved it just like they always do with a setup that basically has everyone huddling around the quarterback at the line of scrimmage, but the mistakes were there.

And that’s what third-year head coach Chad Harkins remembered the most.

&uot;The two interceptions &045; that’s not what stands out to me,&uot; Harkins said. &uot;Those things helped us lose, but we made mistake after mistake. I don’t know if we had a drive without a mistake. We wouldn’t have had to throw the ball if we had run our offense right.

&uot;I don’t feel like we got beat tonight. It was the mistakes that hurt us.&uot;

The Bears had a number of false start penalties in the first half and just couldn’t get the yardage when they had to in the second. They trailed 19-6 late in the third when they failed to convert on a fourth-and-goal at the Ferriday 4, but their fortunes turned on the next play when Ramon Thomas recovered a fumble at the Ferriday 9.

Johnny Lee took it in for a score on the next play to cut the Ferriday lead to 19-13 with 43 seconds left.

But when it came down to a tough situation again on the Bears’ next drive, they did the uncustomary thing &045; they went for the pass. It was a third-and-8 on the Ferriday 17, and that’s when Johnson rolled out to his right looking for a receiver and a first down.

That’s when he found Tennessee, who found the end zone.

&uot;Our staff put a great deal of time on the game plan and watching film,&uot; McFarland said. &uot;We felt like if we scored on them, we would put them in a situation where they had to throw the ball. It basically put them in a situation where they had to do something they didn’t want to do. If you get behind, that can go against you.&uot;’

The Bears struggled with penalties in the first quarter, but the Trojans got on the board early when Matthew Smith returned an interception 22 yards for a touchdown.

The Trojans overcame mistakes of their own to get a 13-yard touchdown run from Montario Tennessee just before the end of the first quarter for a 12-7 lead.

Montario Tennesee scored again on a 12-yard run in the third quarter.