Trojans blow past Bulldogs

Published 12:40 am Saturday, February 23, 2008

FERRIDAY — What was a closer-than-expected game in the first half ended up being a rout as the Ferriday Trojans scored 48 points in the second half to defeat Springfield 84-52 Friday night in the bi-district round of the Class 2A State playoffs.

Ferriday (23-7), the District 2-2A champion and No. 6 seed, had an astonishing six players score in double figures — something rarely seen in a playoff game. Montrell Tennessee led the Trojans with 19 points and Alrion McKeel had 12 points. A trio of Trojans, Orlando Davis, Terrell Gorham and Joshua Upchurch, finished with 11 points each and Matthew Smith chipped in with 10 points.

“It was good to see,” Ferriday head coach K.G. Watkins said. “A well-balanced offensive attack. We took some opportunities at the offensive end and got everybody involved in the game.”

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Springfield, the No. 27 seed, tried to take advantage of a Trojans team that hadn’t played a game in a couple of weeks. Despite the effort, the Bulldogs still trailed 17-10 after one quarter of play and 36-26 at halftime.

“It has been a while since we played, so we were concerned about rust,” Watkins said. “We started off slow. We picked it up in the second half. Everybody contributed. We played some defense.”

Any thought of Springfield rallying in the second half was quickly put to a halt in the third quarter when the Trojans outscored the Bulldogs 19-8 to extend their lead to 21 points. The Trojans then scored 29 points in the fourth quarter en route to the lopsided win.

Ferriday will take on the winner of the Donaldsonville-South Beauregard game next Tuesday with the site and time to be determined.

Kevin Henderson led the Bulldogs with 19 points.