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|Late TD lifts Lake Providence over Ferriday|
In a game in which it had to fight back hard for three-and-a-half quarters, Ferriday High watched Lake Providence fight back in the end behind gutsy sophomore quarterback Lamar Carraway to upset the Trojans 24-21 at Melz Field as Carraway found Jo Nathan Sanders on a 12-yard pass with two seconds remaining.
Mental mistakes and penalties plagued the Trojans most of the night, especially over the final three minutes of the contest.
"We've had 14 interceptions and only eight touchdown passes and 22 fumbles and only 14 rushing touchdowns," said Ferriday coach Freddie Harrison. "And we're averaging 116 yards in penalties a game. We've had at least 17 miscues a game."
Ferriday had possession of the ball on its 45 with 2:57 remaining and a 21-18 lead.
Facing third-and-one at the Lake Providence 45, Trojan quarterback Ronald Lawson was stopped for no gain.
Ferriday lined up to go for it on fourth, but an illegal perceiger penalty moved the ball back to the 49, while the Trojans punted to the Panther 9-yard line with 1:16 remaining.
"We were going to go on two to try and draw them offsides and then we were going to run the play," Harrison said. "They jumped, but we jumped, too."
Following an incompletion, Carraway completed a 31-yard pass to Sanders to the Panther 40.
"We were looking to throw is and get out of bounds, but after hitting that fade route, that changed things," Nasin said.
A pass down the middle was incomplete, but a hit to the head on the receiver on the play moved the ball to the Trojan 45-yard line.
Carraway then scampered 22 yards to the Ferriday 23 after being unable to find a receiver before running up to the line and spiking the ball with 40 seconds remaining.
Carraway completed an 8-yard pass to Erik Edwards to the 15 and then spiked the ball with 16 seconds remaining. David Alston carried to the 12 for a first down with eight seconds remaining.
Carraway then dropped back, fired a low bullet into the end zone to Sanders for the win.
"It was the same exact play they scored their first touchdown on," Harrison said.
Lake Providence used an option reverse on its first possession that saw Sanders carry it to the Panther 48 before the Trojans defense held on the Lake Providence 45.
Ferriday fumbled the punt and the Panthers took over on the Trojan 30.
Seven players later, behind the passing and running of Carraway, Lake Providence scored first on one of the most bizarre plays of the season.
Facing fourth-and-goal on the Ferriday 3-yard line, Carraway fired the ball into the end zone inside his receiver where the ball hit the Ferriday defender and the Lake Providence player slipped down. The ball ricocheted 12 feet into the air and came down into the chest of Raphael Turner, who was lying flat in the end zone for the score. Carraway kicked the conversion for a 7-0 lead with 6:39 remaining in the first quarter.
Ferriday was forced to punt from its own 7-yard line and Lake Providence took over on the Trojan 33.
Carraway, who passed for 220 yards and rushed for 60 more, hit Sanders to the 20 and a facemask penalty moved it to the 10.
Two plays later, Carraway carried the ball into the end zone. Alston ran in the conversion to give the Panthers a 15-0 lead with 3:16 remaining.
Lake Providence's Jeremy Lyons intercepted a Ferriday pass at the Trojan 5-yard line. Ferriday's defense held and the Trojans got the ball on the Panther 42 following a punt.
Ronald Lawson then hit Alfred Brown on a 37-yard pass play to the Lake Providence 5-yard line. Bobby Madison then plunged into the end zone to put the Trojans on the board with 1:16 remaining in the first quarter. The conversion pass failed, leaving the Trojans trailing 15-6.
Ferriday's Xavier Allen recovered a Lake Providence fumble on the Panther 46.
Ferriday faced fourth-and-five at the Lake Providence 6-yard line before two penalties moved it back to the 16. An incomplete pass gave the ball to Lake Providence.
A pass from Carraway to 4 moved the ball to the 33 and the Panthers moved the ball to the Ferriday 29, with a 28-yard pass from Carraway to Mike Bell keying the drive.
Six plays later, Greg Bell ran the ball in from one yard out to give Lake Providence a 21-6 lead with 4:56 remaining in the first half.
Ferriday moved the ball to its 42, but Lyons came up with an interception at the Lake Providence 21.
Carraway carried the ball to the 33, but Davonta Scott stopped the drive with an interception at the Ferriday 26.
Ferriday was forced to punt and the Panthers ran out the clock in the first half.
Ferriday marched 63 yards on nine plays on its first drive of the second half as Julius White scored on a 7-yard run with 8:21 remaining. The conversion failed, leaving the Trojans trailing 21-12.
On first down from its 14, Carraway hit Sanders to midfield, but a penalty moved the ball back to the Lake Providence nine.
Carraway went back to pass, but White plucked the ball out of the air as soon as it left his hand and walked into the end zone for the score. The conversion failed, leaving Ferriday trailing 21-18 with 7:39 remaining.
Lake Providence moved the ball down the field on its next possession and facing fourth-and-four at the Ferriday 27, Carraway hit Bell to the Trojan 24 for a first down.
On fourth down and goal, Brown intercepted a Carraway pass and returned it to the Ferriday 40.
Ferriday moved to the Lake Providence 38, but Lyons tipped the ball and Sanders intercepted at the Lake Providence 6-yard line to start the final quarter.
The Panthers moved the ball to the 44 before being stopped on downs. An 11-yard punt return by Scott gave Ferriday possession at the Panther 38 with 8:14 remaining.
Bobby Madison carried the ball two times to the Lake Providence 42. Runs by Madison and White carried the ball to the 17-yard line where Lawson hit Brown for a score to give Ferriday its first lead, 24-21, with 5:01 remaining in the game.
The conversion failed.
"That's been our Achille's heel all year long," Harrison said of the points-after-touchdown.
Lake Providence moved the ball to the Ferriday 45 before four straight incompletions gave the ball to Ferriday with 2:57 remainings, which led to the final dramatics.
"I wouldn't change anything," Harrison said. "We just have to go out and play football."
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