Trojans need win to stay on course for playoffs

Published 12:00 am Sunday, October 31, 2004

TALLULAH &045; It’s a quiet week on the west side of the Mississippi. The Ferriday Trojans are on the road headed to face McCall, but Vidalia is off this week and Block, facing Newellton tonight, should win in a laugher.

But for the Trojans, this week might be the most important of the year.

For the season, Ferriday has a less than stellar record of 3-5. That would be more worrisome if all five losses hadn’t been in non-district play, but they were. With a 1-0 record in District 4-2A play, the Trojans just need to take care of business. A win in either of their final two games will ensure them a spot in the playoffs.

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That may not be as easy as it sounds. With their final game against rival Vidalia (5-3, 2-0), the Trojans will want to give themselves some breathing room by beating McCall tonight.

McCall has a 4-3 record overall and a 0-1 record in district play with a loss to Vidalia. McCall may have a chance to upset the Trojans and take away a playoff spot, which would leave Ferriday out in the cold when the postseason rolls around.

Vidalia has already all but assured of a playoff spot, leaving just one spot left.

Newellton at Block

JONESVILLE &045; For the boys at Block, it looks to be business as usual once again.

On the heels of a 53-0 win over winless Davidson last week, the Bears will host also-winless Newellton this week in another District 4-1A matchup.

Last week’s victory again affirmed the Bears’ dominance in their district, something Block head coach Chad Harkins hopes to continue this week.

&uot;You always like to win,&uot; Harkins said. &uot;But in that game, we were just running the clock out pretty much. It gave us a chance to work on some things.&uot;

Don’t look for anything different this week. If anything, Newellton might actually be worse than Davidson. Barring a miracle, Block should beat Newellton and sew up the district championship.

&uot;It’s just hard to keep the kids up when you have to play teams like this,&uot; Harkins said.

The hard-running offensive style of the Bears should again mow through opposing defenders. Harkins said he wants his team to continue working on its execution &045; making blocks, keeping the ball and moving down the field steadily behind its running backs.