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Ferriday, Amite High face again in semifinals

FERRIDAY — In a rematch from last season’s semifinal round, the No. 5 Amite High Magnet School Warriors travel to No. 1 Ferriday High Trojans. The Trojans hope to have two key players bring their ‘A’ game.

Kylyn Lewis had a big defensive game in last Friday’s 40-21 victory over the Kinder High Yellow Jackets. Lewis obtained three sacks and a fumble in the game. To prepare for the No. 5 seed Amite High Warriors, Lewis said he has been focusing on running in practices.

“The running will help me go all four quarters nonstop,” Lewis said. “It (the running) will help me throughout the game.”

Up to this point of the season, Lewis has obtained 18 solo tackles, three sacks and has caused three fumbles. Trojans Head Coach Stanley Smith said Lewis has played good, both in the passing game and running game this season.

Another key player on the offensive side of the ball is Kobe Dillon. Dillon threw for a 30-yard touchdown pass to Elijah White and ran for a 10-yard touchdown against the Yellow Jackets. Smith said Dillon has been playing some solid ball for the Trojans.

“He’s the quarterback so everything we do goes through him,” Smith said. “If he has a good night, then we have a good night. We’re going to make sure he’s focused and understands what we’re doing in the run and pass games.”

This season, Dillon has passed for 1,051 yards, 17 touchdowns and completed 63 out of 119 passes. This year is Dillon’s last year of playing with the Trojans. He said this season has been a great year for him and wants to finish it off with a bang.

The Trojans and Warriors met last season in the semifinal round. The Warriors won 44-20 on the way to becoming Class 2A Louisiana High School Athletic Association champions. Ferriday and Amite have only faced off in the semifinal round twice.

The Trojans have been in the semifinal round game for three times but have not made it to the championship game. Smith said its huge to be in this situation once again.

“We have a little bit of familiarity with playing against the Warriors,” Smith said. “Hopefully we can pack the stands and have the community come out and support us. Hopefully we play with emotion and a lot of energy.”

To defeat the Warriors and end the drought of not making it into the championship game, the Trojans need to stop Warriors’ run game. In the 26-0 win last Friday against Loreauville, Warriors running back Corey McKnight rushed for three touchdowns. The longest touchdown was for 59-yards.

“We pride ourselves on stopping the run,” Smith said. “The biggest thing is just making sure we have our proper fits and make sure we tackle really well and run to the ball.”

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

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