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|Ferriday-Natchez game was memorable|
No, I'm not just talking about a classic battle between Ferriday and Natchez at Melz Field Friday or the amazing number of athletes performing Friday on the field.
I'm talking about the fact that the crowd was not so big that people had to be standing in the end zones.
The home crowd was impressive, but I still believe anywhere from 50-to-100 people could have found sitting room.
And those 50-to-100 people missed an effort from their Trojans that was second to none.
Natchez High filled up about three-fourths of the visitor's stands, and that's a shame for a contest this close.
Natchez High fans should be all excited about a very good football team led by junior quarterback Javon Washington, who will have a regularly stuffed mailbox next year from college recruiters.
And he has a couple of mountains in front of him in Justin Hamilton, who is s 6-foot-2, 318 pound junior, while junior Christopher Curtis is 6-foot-4, 315 pounds. There's also a couple of 270-pounders.
Raymond Williams is a heckuva linebacker for Natchez.
One name that jumped off at me on the Bulldog roster was Calvin McKnight, a 5-foot-8, 165-pound junior linebacker/defensive back who is a relative of former North Natchez High lineman Calvin McKnight.
Calvin Sr., was part of the 1988 North Natchez football team that went unbeaten in the regular season before losing to Laurel in the semifinals.
It was rare when an opposing team scored more than one touchdown against that Ram team.
Getting back to the game, Ferriday's DeVonta Scott continues to impress. His Lynn Swann-like touchdown reception Friday night when he went over Natchez's Jeremy Davis as if he was climbing a ladder was a thing of beauty.
I said before the season I thought quarterback Rodney Lawson's consistency would be a key for the Bulldogs.
Lawson has come a long way from last year and really looks more confident behind center.
Senior Trojan running back Bobby Madison is one of the hardest running backs Ferriday has had in a while - which is really saying something.
And credit the Trojan offensive line. They were actually dominating the line of scrimmage in the first half. Ferriday's defensive front also performed admirably.
Feriday's defense stopped the Bulldogs several times on their own side of the field.
One big play that could have been even bigger came with 8:27 remaining in the second quarter and Natchez facing third-and seven at midfield.
Washington threw a pass over the middle that Julius White instinctively knocked down, although there was no one around White and the ball was catchable. White could have possibly taken the interception to the house. I thought animated Ferriday assistant coach Damien Huren was going to jump out of the stadium after that play.
The contest was expected to be physical, and it certainly lived up to that billing.
Ferriday appeared to hand out the majority of hard licks.
I know Washington had to wake up feeling very, very sore Saturday morning.
The record books will have Ferriday coming out on the losing end Friday night against Natchez.
Those in attendance know better.
Those that did show up, that is.
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