Ferriday High Trojans’ running game is key to win Friday’s homecoming game

Published 12:01 am Thursday, October 31, 2019

FERRIDAY The No. 5 ranked Ferriday High Trojans will host the Delhi Charter School Gators on Friday night in what will be Ferriday’s last Louisiana High School Athletic Association District 2 Class 2A game of the season.

Going into Friday’s game, the Trojans are 5-0 against other District 2 teams. Ferriday is in first place out of eight teams. The Gators are fifth out of eight teams with a 2-3 record against District 2 teams.

With a win against Delhi Charter on Friday at home, the Trojans would have an undefeated home record for two straight seasons at Melz Field.

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“It’s going to be a monumental feat,” Trojans Head Coach Stanley Smith said. “It’s great to be at home in front of our home crowd. You don’t have to worry about travelling. It’s always a great atmosphere playing at home.”

In last Friday’s 58-6 win against the Mangham Dragons in Ferriday’s last road game of the season, the Trojans ran for 575 yards. Bryon Milligan ran for a 78-yard touchdown, the longest rushing touchdown for the Trojans in that game. Kobe Dillon ran for a 50-yard touchdown.

In total, the Trojans ran for eight touchdowns.

“Our offense is designed off of the run,” Smith said. “Our run sets up everything for our offense. Hopefully we have a good night on Friday running the ball and everything else will fall in place.”

During practices to prepare for Friday’s game, Smith said the Trojans have been watching film so they can know what Gators are doing on both offense and defense.

From watching film, the Gators run an option, which is primarily running the ball.

“We have to make sure we take care of our side of the ball and do our job,” Smith said about stopping the Gators’ running game. “On defense, they’re doing different defensive fronts. We have to make sure we understand what front they’re in and carry out our blocking assignments.”

Off the field, this week is homecoming for Ferriday High School. There is going to be a homecoming parade at 3 p.m. Friday. To stay away from the distraction of homecoming, Smith said he has told his team that homecoming is for the fans.

The homecoming game is set to start at 7 p.m. on Friday at Melz Field on the campus of Ferriday High School.