Ferriday still undefeated after six games

Published 12:28 am Monday, October 8, 2007

FERRIDAY — The 2007 football season is entering the last leg of the regular season.

There have been a few surprises and disappointments so far this season.

The Ferriday Trojans are undefeated at 6-0 under first time head coach Freddie Harrison.

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“You have to give credit to these kids,” Harrison said. “They put their trust in a guy they knew nothing about, they have worked hard and deserve this.”

Harrison said there was still work to be done on both sides of the ball but he was pleased with the way his team has progressed.

“When you have kids that are hungry, step up to the challenge and seize the moment, you’ve got to appreciate that,” Harrison said. “As a coach you can’t ask for nothing more.”

After winning just four games last season, head coach James Herrington has righted the Jefferson County ship and has them off to a 5-1 start.

“I had great confidence at the beginning of the season that we would be better than last season,” Herrington said. “Our goals before the season were to be tougher, better conditioned and have an overall better attitude. We are almost there.”

After coming off a last second lost to South Pike, Jefferson County defeated the defending state 3A Champions 28-24 this past Friday night.

“I think the loss to South Pike was bigger than the win against Franklin County,” Herrington said. “But anytime you defeat the defending champs it does something to your team.”

Jefferson County doesn’t have time to enjoy the win as they travel to Tylertown.

“We have had a tough schedule all season,” Herrington said. “It doesn’t get any easier for us.”

Probably the biggest surprise this season is Franklin County. After starting the season off 4-0, the Bulldogs have dropped their last two games.

“We are killing ourselves,” Franklin County head coach Grady McCluskey said. “You can’t beat tough teams turning the ball over.”

Franklin County has turned the ball over nine times in the last two weeks.

“Two plays have kept us from being 6-0,” McCluskey said. “But I’m not discouraged. There is still a lot of football left to be played.”

McCluskey said he hoped to have starting quarterback Jamie Collins, who has suffered from lower back problems, back Friday for a crucial game against South Pike.

Cathedral (1-5) and Natchez High (2-4) continued to struggle.

Natchez lost to Oak Grove 34-21 and Cathedral took a 33-6 thumping by Mt. Olive.

“We kept it close in the first half,” Cathedral head coach Craig Beesley said. “We are giving up too many big plays.”

Beesley said his team has shown sparks of how good they could be but haven’t been able to maintain it.

“Our defense has been on and off all season,” Beesley said. “We have been able to make the big play when we have needed it.”

Cathedral has four games left. Beesley said he felt like his team has made great strides and looks for them to finish the season on a high note.

“I think three of our last four are winnable games,” Beesley said. “We have Puckett which is tied for first place, left but you never know. We could beat them also.”

Vidalia fell to 3-3 after losing 21-14 to the mighty Bunkie Panthers. Block won their first game in two years defeating Montgomery 26-18.