Ferriday travels to Ouachita Christian in regular-season finale

Published 12:00 am Thursday, November 3, 2016

The Ferriday High School Trojans will be playing for a district championship when they travel to Monroe, La., to take on the Ouachita Christian School Eagles at 7 p.m. Friday.

“From what the coaches told me, it’s been about 10 years,” Ferriday head coach Dwight Woods said. “For us, (a win) would mean a district championship and a higher seeding.”

This game has postseason implications for both teams. Not only is the LHSAA District 2-2A championship on the line, but both Ferriday and Ouachita Christian could host first-round playoff games.

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Ferriday (6-3, 3-1) is currently at No. 13 in the Class 2A power ratings. A win would assure the Trojans a home game at Melz Field next week.

A loss, however, could drop them below the 16th seed needed to stay at home. The top 32 teams among the non-select teams go to the playoffs in Class 2A.

Ouachita Christian (9-0, 4-0), ranked No. 5 in this week’s LSWA Class 2A poll, is at No. 5 in the Division III power ratings.

“It’s definitely going to be a tough task. We’re going to have to play with enthusiasm for four quarters. We’re going to have to be disciplined,” Woods said.

Woods said a win over Ouachita Christian would be huge for the school’s football program for more reasons than just winning the district title.

“For the kids, it means cannot only play with the best teams in the state, but that you can beat them. More than anything, it will be a psychological victory. It will give us that mental boost going into the playoffs,” Woods said.