Ferriday eases past Tigers; still undefeated
Published 1:02 am Saturday, October 6, 2007
Ferriday — The Jonesboro-Hodge Tigers were not the ones to derail the Ferriday Trojans Friday night.
Ferriday rolled over the Tigers 33-6 to get their first district win and extend their record to 6-0.
“They are a fine team,” Jonesboro-Hodge head coach Joey Pender said. “They played a good game and deserved to win.”
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After a slow start in the first quarter, Ferriday scored 20 points before halftime and held the Tigers to just 67 offensive yards.
“We came out a little sluggish,” Ferriday head coach Freddie Harrison said. “I can’t ask much more of my defense. They did what they were supposed to do tonight.”
At the end of the first quarter Kendrick Harris hit running back Matthew Smith for a 15-yard completion to set up a 1-yard quarterback sneak by Harris a touchdown at the beginning of the second quarter.
“The offensive line did a great job tonight,” Smith said. “We worked hard and prepared all week for this.”
After scoring the second touchdown on an 11-yard run sophomore Neico Amado proved to be a solid backup for Smith.
“I found a new weapon tonight,” Harrison said. “Neico is a speedy guy and he adds depth to the running back position.”
Amado finished the night with nine carries for 67-yards and two touchdowns.
“I had fun tonight,” Amado said. “We worked hard and but we still have to get better everyday.”
The defense picked up where it left off in the first half forcing the Tigers to go four and out on their opening possession.
“We did a good job containing their quarterback Deshun Kindle,” Harrison said. “We swarmed to the ball and made plays.”
The Trojans scored on the next possession on a seven play 51-yard drive capped off by a 4-yard Smith touchdown run.
If that wasn’t enough, Smith broke the Tigers’ spirits when he picked off a Kindle pass deep in Trojan territory.
“Our defensive backs did an excellent job tonight,” Harrison said. “We preach not to give up big plays and they didn’t.”
Smith finished the game with 141-yards rushing, one reception for 29-yards and one touchdown.
“We are coached very well,” Harris said. “It’s lovely being 6-0 but we still have to take it one game at a time.”
Smith threw for 126-yards, ran for 12-yards and had a total of two touchdowns.
Harrison said he was overall pleased with his team and commended Jonesboro-Hodge on their heart and determination.
“They are an athletic team and well coached,” Harrison said. “One thing we try to instill to our players is win with dignity and have pride. We did that tonight.”
Ferriday continues district play next Friday when they host Sterlington at 7 p.m.