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|Ferriday Swashbucklers add to third title|
The Ferriday Trojans were a big part of the Louisiana Swashbucklers winning their third consecutive Arena football championship in two different leagues.
The Swashbucklers made it a three-peat last week in the inaugural Southern Indoor Football League championship, taking a physical 59-38 victory over the Austin Turfcats before an announced crowd of 4,234 in the Smuggler's Den.
Louisiana (12-1) can say its won consecutive championships in two different leagues. Last year, the Bucs won their second straight Intense Football League before spearheading the launch of the SIFL this year. Only one other team in professional football history has won consecutive championships in different leagues: the Cleveland Browns, who won the 1950 National Football League title after winning all four championships in the All-American Football Conference.
Ferriday High head coach Freddie Harrison threw two touchdowns for the Swashbucklers, one to Marcus Wilridge. Harris finished with five catches for 129 yards and three scores.
Louisiana forced five Austin turnovers and registered eight sacks and kept Austin from closing to within one score on four key possessions after three consecutive Swashbuckler turnovers in the second quarter nearly erased a 28-3 lead.
Ferriday assistant coach Eddie White had 1.5 sacks in the wins as Louisiana held Austin to 127 total yards.
Trojan assistant coach Damien Huren was named to the All Southern Indoor Football League team at the end of the regular season.
Now the Swashbuckler trio are concentrating on a District 2-2A championship.
• Tennessee junior cornerback Eric Berry, the son of former North Natchez standout James Berry, is on the cover and inside cover of Tennessee's media guide.
Of course, Berry shares the cover shot with new Tennessee head coach Lane Kiffin, who rivals Steve Spurrier and Urban Meyer for most pictures in a media guide.
Berry, whose dad was team captain while playing running back at Tennessee, was an All-American last year and is considered the top defensive back in the nation. He prepped in Georgia.
• Congratulations to the Ferriday Dixie Debs competing at the World Series in South Carolina over the weekend. Winning state is quite an accomplishment — playing three games in the World Series is worth bragging about.
But as well as these ladies played, I was most impressed listening to the final inning of the game over a national Web site when the announcer (who was actually about as dry as a week-old piece of toast while broadcasting) said with one out remaining that he was really going to miss the Ferriday team because they were very nice and talked about how much class they displayed in South Carolina.
Congratulations again, and thanks for being such great ambassadors. That's what a lot of people over yonder will remember the most about you girls.
• A final salute to Fielding Tucker, who passed away last week at the age of 84.
Most people will remember Fielding for his great accomplishments in the U.S. Army as a recipient of the Silver Star, two Bronze Stars and being recently named "Chevalier" (Knight) of the Legion of Honor by the president of France.
I'll remember Fielding Tucker as a the guy over the press at the Natchez Democrat when I was working for the Cathedral High school paper as a junior in 1973.
It was the first time in years Cathedral published "The Wave" and it was printed at The Democrat.
Fielding sent a nice letter after our first edition and was very complimentary of a story I did on Cathedral losing a 6-0 game to St. Aloysius.
That simple note was monumental in my life and meant a lot more than I think Fielding realized.
But, than again, that was Fielding Tucker.
Rest in peace, my friend.
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