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Standing tall: Ferriday bigs anchoring team

Ferriday High School's Dantrieze Scott looks to take a shot while being defended by several New Living Word High School defenders. (Sam Gause / The Natchez Democrat)

Ferriday High School’s Dantrieze Scott looks to take a shot while being defended by several New Living Word High School defenders. (Sam Gause / The Natchez Democrat)

Ferriday is big, really big.

When the Trojans take the court, they aren’t hiding. The biggest team in the Miss-Lou is going straight at opponents with power and size.

“It is a big advantage,” said Shannon Morales, who stands 6 feet 2 inches tall. “We are taller than everyone. All we have to do is get physical, and we can go all the way.”

Morales is the oldest of the bunch, a senior, with J’Shon Foster a 6-foot-5 sophomre, Dantrieze Scott a 6-foot-6 freshman, and Dare Rosenthal a 6-foot-8 freshman rounding out the bunch.

Scott is the leading scoring option for the Trojans this season, and the young center said size plays a big part in his success being a scorer.

“I use my height and my strength to get an advantage,” he said. “Even though I am tall, there are still some people out there stronger, so I just have to man up.”

Scott said he has been working hard since the summer to prepare for his first varsity season, and that constant training has gotten him to where he is today.

“It takes hard work,” he said. “That is what my grandfather raised me up to do.”

Alternating at the center position is the tallest of the bunch, Rosenthal. Also just a freshman, Rosenthal said varsity has been a tough challenge.

At 6 feet 8 inches tall, Rosenthal said he was always one of the biggest kids on the court.

“It was easy,” he said. “I just have to go up strong and work on my game.”

At power forward, Foster may not be the bulkiest of the bunch, but his leaping ability and athleticism are key for his success.

“They just have to get the ball up high to me,” he said of playing power forward. “We should be winning games with all the size we’ve got, and the height.”

Morales, who plays small forward, is a big factor in the rebounding department, constantly grabbing the ball off the glass before opponents can.

“I just have to box out and get in the right position to get the rebound,” he said.

With district play right around the corner for Ferriday, the big men said they are excited and ready to face the most grueling part of their schedule.

“I’m feeling good,” Morales said. “We just have to come to practice and work on our craft.”

“I’m excited,” Scott added. “I’m ready to see some more competition.”