Ferriday hopes its offense can get into gear vs. Lake Providence

Published 11:47 pm Thursday, October 22, 2009

FERRIDAY — There’s nothing wrong with the Ferriday Trojans defense.

The offense, however, could use a bit of a wake up call after scoring just six points in a 6-3 victory over Jonesboro-Hodge last Friday.

And Ferriday coach Freddie Harrison is hoping his offense can get back on track tonight against Lake Providence in a District 2-2A showdown.

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“We’re trying to iron out some kinks and make sure we communicate on the offensive line,” Harrison said about the offenses work in practice this week. “That was our problem last week. We weren’t getting all of our calls and checks in. We’ve got to make sure we communicate and go out there and execute. Six points last week is not what we expected, but it was good enough to win.”

And the reason it was good enough to win was because of the stingy Ferriday defense.

The only points Jonesboro-Hodge scored in the game was on a 51-yard field goal in the third quarter.

Jonesboro-Hodge operated out of the spread offense, which is what the Trojans will see again tonight from Lake Providence, Harrison said.

“They like to throw the ball and mix in the run some,” Harrison said. “It’s the scheme they try to run that makes it more difficult to try and stop. We’ve got to make sure we stay in coverage and not give up big plays.”

Lake Providence brings a 2-5 overall record and a 1-1 district into tonight’s game while Ferriday is 6-1 overall and 2-0 in district play.

The Panthers lost their first four games of the season, but have won two of their last three, with the loss being an 11-8 defeat against Jonesboro-Hodge.

Harrison said the key to stopping Lake Providence’s offense is to stop quarterback Lamar Carraway and the Panthers’ passing attack.

“Their quarterback is the real deal,” Harrison said. “He started as a freshman and is now a sophomore. It will be up to the defensive line to put pressure on him and rattle him, the linebackers to rattle him with the blitz and the secondary holding down their end with coverage. If we work well in all three phases we’ll be alright.”