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|Trojans blank Lake Providence|
Ferriday High played one of its best defensive games of the season, posting its third shutout of the year in a 28-0 win over Lake Providence to secure a Class 2A playoff position.
"The kids knew what was on the line and rose to the occasion," said Ferriday High head football coach Freddie Harrison.
Ferriday, seeded No. 32, visits top-seeded John Curtis Friday.
Despite the loss, Lake Providence (4-6) advanced to the playoffs for the first time in 25 years, taking a No. 31 seeding to No. 2 Evangel.
The Trojan defense shut down Lake Providence freshman quarterback Lamar Carraway, a fleet-footed signal caller with a rifle arm who has helped Lake Providence to one of its best seasons in year.
"Not too many teams are able to run right at us," Harrison said. "We don't do as well when we have to run assignment football because our guys play selfish. I was really worried watching the film because he is so elusive and slipped away for big runs against other teams."
Ferriday scored two touchdowns in the opening period, taking advantage of a pair of turnovers as quarterback Rodney Lawson scored on a 1-yard run and Neico Amado scored on a 20-yard run with Davonte Scott running in the conversion.
"We finally played someone who made more mistakes than we did," Harrison said. "That was a battle of two young teams and they made the crucial mistakes and we took advantage of them."
Bobby Madison added a 1-yard run in the second period as Ferriday led 21-0 at halftime.
Ferriday threatened in the third period, as Scott took a direct snap from center and scampered 32 yards to midfield.
The Trojans moved to the Panther 26-yard line, but came up short on fourth down.
Ferriday's final score came midway through the final period after Scott recovered a Panther fumble at the Lake Providence 22.
Madison carried to the 9-yard line before finishing off the short drive with a 7-yard run.
Marques Lewis added his second point-after kick on the night.
"The seniors on this team won three straight district championships and they didn't want to be remembered for finishing with a losing record and not going to the playoffs," Harrison said.
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