Friday Prep Football and Basketball Preview: Ferriday attempts to win rematch

Published 12:01 am Friday, December 6, 2019

Ferriday High Trojans will be out for revenge when they try and win their eighth straight home game tonight in the Class 2A Louisiana High School Athletics Association semi-final round.

The Trojans face the Amite High Warriors — the team that beat Ferriday last year and kept the Trojans from playing in the New Orleans Superdome for a state championship.

The last time the Trojans lost a home playoff game was in the 2017 LHSAA Class 2A playoffs. St. Helena College & Career Academy Hawks won 12-6 over the Trojans that year. The loss was in the semifinal round, something that has become a trend for Ferriday. In the past two seasons, Ferriday has had its championship dreams dashed in the semifinal round. After losing in 2017, the Trojans again missed going to the Superdome in 2018 when Amite High beat Ferriday 44-20.

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Since the semifinal round loss in the 2017 season, the Trojans have not lost a home game at Melz Field, with a record of 5-0 in the playoffs at home. Ferriday hopes to continue its home playoff streak against Amite High tonight.

One of the players the Trojans need to stop is Corey McKnight for the Warriors. In the Warriors’ 26-0 win over Loreauville High, McKnight ran for three touchdowns. The longest touchdown run was 59 yards.

Kickoff for the LHSAA Class 2A semifinal round is at 7 p.m. Friday at Melz Field.

Besides football, there are boys’ basketball tournaments finishing up and four basketball games.

Basketball tournaments

Monterey High School, Cathedral High School and Central-Jonesville will finish up in the Monterey Tournament. Meanwhile, Vidalia, Delta Charter and Sicily Island will finish up play at the Tensas High Tournament on Saturday.

Natchez High at Crystal Springs

What’s at stake: The Natchez High Bulldogs bring a five-game winning streak into tonight’s game against Crystal Springs.

Tip-off for the girls varsity game is at 4 p.m. at Crystal Springs High.

Wilkinson County at Capitol (La.) High

What’s at stake: Wilkinson County High School Wildcats try to win another game when they travel to the Capitol High Lions in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Tip-off for the varsity boys’ game is at 5 p.m. at Capitol High.

Jefferson County at Amite High

What’s at stake: Jefferson County High School Tigers attempt to end their six-game losing streak when they travel to face the Amite High Magnet School Trojans.

Tip-off for the games is at 6 p.m. at Amite High Magnet School.

Block High at Jena High

What’s at stake: Block High Bears travel to the Jena High Giants for a game. The Bears will try and end its two-game losing streak.

Tip-off for the games are at 6 p.m. at Jena High.

Patrick Murphy is a sports reporter for The Natchez Democrat.