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|Block gets rare win over Ferriday|
Benny Vault was nine years old the last time Block High School defeated a Ferriday High football team at Melz Field.
Block defeated the Trojans 16-0 in 1979, but have had no luck on Ferriday's home field since then. As a matter of fact, the Bears have only won three games against the Trojans since 1980.
"That was a big win for our program," said Vault, who is in his second year as head coach of his alma mater. "Ferriday is hard to beat anywhere, especially on their home field. This gives us a lot of confidence. We've got a tough pre-district schedule, but this gives us a big boost."
Ferriday High head football coach Freddie Harrison had a feeling it was going to be a long night when the Trojans scored a touchdown on their first possession, but it was called back for holding and Ferriday was unable to reach the end zone again until the second half. Ferriday also had another TD called back.
"That goes back to lack of execution and lack of focus," Harrison said. "That also has to do wtih team. We have not found unity and we're still searching for our identity."The first score of the game came in the second half as the Bears used a 44-yard run by Hunter Key to move into Trojan territory at the Ferriday 11-yard line. Chris Collins finished off the drive with a 2-yard run.
A bad snap on a punt gave the Bears the ball on the Trojan 35-yard line. VaShawn Davis then went 28 yards to paydirt to give the Bears a 12-0 advantage.
A 52-yard kickoff return by Nieco Amado gave Ferriday great field position at the Bear 33-yard line.
Three plays later, Ronald Lawson hit Adrian Garrison on a 31-yard scoring play wth 3:41 remaining in the third period.
Ferriday threatened twice more, but a fumbled snap on one possession and the Bear defense coming up with three straight sacks snuffed both scoring chances.
"The defense played well, certainly well enough to win the game," Harrison said. "When you hold someone to two touchdowns, your offense should be able to put more in the end zone. But that goes back to everybody taking care of their business."
The Trojans rushed for just two yards on 28 attempts, including minus yardage in six sacks of quarterback Rodney Lawson.
"Coach Harrison did a good job preparing for our double wing offense," said Vault, who team hosts Jena Friday.
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