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Ferriday High hosts Kinder High Yellow Jackets on Friday

FERRIDAY — Ferriday High Trojans and Kinder High Yellow Jackets come into Friday’s Class 2A Louisiana High School Athletic Association playoffs both on winning streaks.

The No. 1 Trojans are on a 10-game winning streak overall and a seven-game winning streak at Melz Field this season. Meanwhile, the No. 8 Yellow Jackets are on a seven-game winning streak and a two-game winning streak on the road.

At practices this week in preparation for the Yellow Jackets, Trojans Head Coach Stanley Smith said the Trojans have focused on their run defense and being more disciplined.

“Kinder is going to come in, they’re a smash-mouth team, and they’re going to run the ball,” Smith said. “We’re going to make sure we get our assignments right on defense, so we can stop the run. We still committed a lot of penalties (last week), and we need discipline.”

One of the players to watch for Ferriday is Kobe Johnson.  In last Friday’s second round 36-13 win over Port Allen, Johnson ran for two rushing touchdowns. In the last two playoff games against Vinton and Port Allen, Johnson has rushed for a total of three touchdowns.

“Kobe has been playing lights out and solid on both sides of the ball this year,” Smith said. “He’s a good player to have and he’s a playmaker.”

Another player to watch for the Trojans is Byron Milligan. For Ferriday, Milligan has played a variety of positions on both sides of the ball. From positions such as kicker, quarterback, running back, defensive back and receiver.

“He [Milligan] is our utility worker,” Smith said. “He’s very valuable to have four us. Whenever we call upon his name, he goes and makes plays for us. We have to make sure he’s intoned, healthy and ready to play ball.”

Kinder High (8-4) comes into Friday’s game after a 28-14 over Red River last Friday. In the first round and last Friday’s game, the Yellow Jackets were playing at home. But this Friday, the Yellow Jackets travel to face the No. 1 Trojans.

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. on Friday at Melz Field at Ferriday High School.