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|Ferriday goes down at John Curtis|
Ferriday High head football coach Freddie Harrison knew his team would have to prevent an onslaught early by John Curtis if the Trojans were going to be able to hang with the Patriots in a Class 2A first round contest in New Orleans.
That onslaught came early after the Trojans gave John Curtis their first two scores and the Patriots added 23 points in the second period on their way to a 54-6 win.
"You can't give a team like that two touchdowns right at the start and expect to win," said Ferriday coach Freddie Harrison. "It was a learning experience for us. I thought we matched up in the skilled positions, but they have so many linemen and they are 6-7, 295-pound sophomores. How many can we get like that?"
The first points of the game came on a blocked punt by Walker Ashburn. Jermaine Collins scooped up the ball and ran it in from 25 yards out for a touchdown.
On the next possession, Jordan Hanberry picked off a pass in the right flat and scampered 24 yards for the touchdown and a 13-0 Patriot lead.
JC's offense took over in the second quarter as tailback Kenny Cain ripped off a 34 yard run and a 19-0 lead following a Stone Speer missed PAT.
Speer nailed a 40-yard field goal following a spectacular catch and run by Chris Guillot.
The other Hanberry brother, Josh, got in the act of scoring when he gathered in a 25 yard pass from Evan Ingram to give the Patriots a 36-0 halftime lead.
The only score of the third quarter would be the starter's only series in the second half as on the first play of the series, Cain took the handoff and went untouched up the middle for a 52 yard TD run.
Ferriday got on the scoreboard with a 28-yard scoring pass from Rodney Lawson to Alfred Brown, but a failed PAT try left the score at 42-6.
"That was huge not getting blanked," Harrison said. "Once the kids realized they were normal kids they played well."
On the next possession, Demetrius Conley then ran in a TD from 60 yards out and Jordan Frost capped off the scoring by running in a TD from 50 yards.
The Patriots face the University High Cubs Friday night Muss Bertolino in the regionals.
Harrison called this season one of his most challenging in his seven years of coaching. The Trojans, who went 10-0 during the regular season last year, finished 5-6.
"There were a number of on the field and off the field experiences, but in the end the kids learned from it and all seven seniors should go on to be college students, which is the most important thing," Harrison said. "It was tough after losing the likes of Matthew Smith, Kendrick Harris and Jeremy Kelly last year. The seniors this year stepped in and did the bets they could with what they had. The younger kids have already come up with a new saying for next year as 'New Beginning' and I'm proud of that and the fact they are ready to roll into next year. It makes it a whole lot easier when 21 players love to play the game of football and are willing to do what it takes to succeed."
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