Johnson leads Ferriday offense in 30-8 win over Block

Published 12:00 am Saturday, September 17, 2005

JONESVILLE, La. &045; Terrance Johnson needed just three plays Friday night to prove that the Ferriday Trojans have matured since last season.

Johnson gained 92 yards on three carries in the second half &045; ripping off runs of 12, 29 and 51 yards &045; as the Trojans scored three third-quarter touchdowns.

The offensive fireworks in the third quarter provided the perfect compliment to a strong defensive effort, as Ferriday (2-0) earned a 30-8 victory over Block on Friday night at Henry G. Taliaferro Stadium.

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&uot;We’ve want to prove to everybody that this is not last season,&uot; said senior lineman Darius Cain, who had a sack and a fumble recovery. &uot;We’re doing all we can do to take it to the next level.

&uot;It was good tonight, but it can be better. This is not the best we can play. We can do better.&uot;

Ferriday celebrated in style after the game &045; dancing with fellow students, fans and band members as the horn section blared smooth sounds into the night.

After winning only three games in 2004, Ferriday has outscored its opponents 62-8 to open the season with back-to-back wins.

The Ferriday defense gave up 251 yards on the ground, but a bend-but-don’t-break philosophy kept Block from turning the offensive production into paydirt.

Block fumbled the ball away on its first possession &045; leading to Ferriday’s first touchdown &045; and the Bears had a 15-play drive in the first half that failed to net any points.

Ferriday’s methodical defense allowed the Trojans’ to exploit their depth advantage &045; Ferriday dressed more than 50 players while Block had 30 in uniform.

Block running back Johnnie Lee made his 2005 debut, gaining 154 yards on 16 carries, but the Trojans made him earn every yard. Ferriday prevented Lee from breaking a long run, and the Trojans knocked Lee’s helmet off twice.

&uot;We felt if we could make them drive the ball and run the clock, that it would be to our advantage,&uot; Ferriday coach James McFarland said. &uot;We really thought we could stop them, but with Johnnie Lee, he makes them such a better football team. He’s a really good football player.&uot;

For Block coach Scott Green, the game was full of frustration for the second week in a row.

After fumbling seven times in the first half in last week’s season-opening loss to Vidalia, Block fumbled on fifth play &045; a miscue that led to Ferriday’s first touchdown.

&uot;It was the same ol’ crap as last week,&uot; Green said. &uot;We got off to a slow start and never really got going.&uot;

After Alfred Byrd’s fumble recovery, Ferriday drove 49 yards in just eight plays. Johnson capped the drive with a 1-yard run.

Then, the Bears (0-2) drove inside the Ferriday 10, but the 15-play drive ended when Jarae Collins was stopped on a fourth-and-goal run.

Johnson then led the Trojans on a 13-play, 93-yard drive that took up the final five minutes of the first half.

Johnson completed passes of 6, 15 and 13 yards on the drive, and he also had a 20-yard run. Johnson scored on a 7-yard run to give Ferriday a 12-0 lead with 28 seconds to play before halftime.

&uot;We knew if we could score right there before the half, the game would be over,&uot; Johnson said.

Ferriday then scored three touchdowns in the third quarter &045; a 55-yard pass from Kendric Harris to Dra’Carl Walker in the opening minute of the third quarter, a 5-yard touchdown run by Montario Tennessee and a 6-yard TD run by Tennessee. The Trojans rolled up 192 yards on the three drives &045; running just nine plays along the way.

Johnson led the Ferriday offense, gaining 161 yards on 13 carries.

&uot;The first hole I saw, I took it,&uot; he said.

While the game will likely be remembered for the offense’s second-half production, McFarland was more interested in simply getting victory No. 2 after winning just three games in 2004.

&uot;Every win is a good one, and every loss is a bad one,&uot; McFarland said.