Undefeated Ferriday faces tough test in Sterlington

Published 12:41 am Friday, October 12, 2007

FERRIDAY — District play heats up for the undefeated Ferriday Trojans as they welcome the 3-3 Sterlington Panthers tonight at 7.

“Ferriday has always been athletic,” Sterlington head coach Mike Collins said. “But they look really good this year. They look more organized.”

The Trojans are coming off a 33-7 win over Jonesboro-Hodge last week.

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Quarterback Kendrick Harris threw for 126 yards and no interceptions. He connected with Montrell Tennessee on a 32-yard reception for his only passing touchdown.

Running backs Neico Amado and Matt Smith combined for over 200 yards on the ground last week.

They will have to elevate their game even more to contend with Sterlington.

“It’s not going to be left up to individuals,” Ferriday head coach Freddie Harrison said. “We have to play together and be a team.”

Harrison said Sterlington’s record didn’t reflect how good they really are because of the strength of their schedule.

“Don’t let their record fool you,” Harrison said. “They are better than a .500 hundred team.”

The Panthers run a balanced offense, rushing for 164 yards per game and passing 157 per game.

“They’ve got the weapons,” Harrison said. “They are going to run the ball and come right at you.”

Seniors DeShanti Mitchell and Chad Pruitt lead the Panther rushing attack, both average around 6 yards per carry. They account for 11 of the 20 total touchdowns scored this season on offense.

“It’s hard to tell which one of the backs might get the ball,” Harrison said. “We have to find a way to contain the running game and keep their offense off the field.”

Along with their power duo in the backfield, Sterlington passing is also a concern for Harrison.

“They have good, experienced receivers,” Harrison said. “If they all get on the same page, you better watch out.”

Sophomore quarterback Logan Dopson leads the passing attack for the Panthers. He has completed 54 percent of his passes this season throwing for six touchdowns and five interceptions.

He has a trio of senior receivers to choose from in wide receivers Tory Williams, Micah Heckford and tight end Matt Branch.

“Williams in on pace to receive for 1000-yards,” Harrison said. “Their tight end is big at 6 foot 8 inches and 240 pounds.”

Harrison said the best defense against Sterlington would be a good offense.

“We have to keep their offense off the field by sustaining drives,” Harrison said. “If we can’t do that, it’s going to be a long night.”

“We have to perform at the best of our abilities,” Harrison said. “We do that and we can win.”