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|Ferriday-Farmerville: Part II|
Two weeks ago, Ferriday and Farmerville met in Ferriday with a district championship on the line.
Friday the stakes are much higher.
The Trojans and Farmers meet in Farmerville Friday in a Class 2A quarterfinal contest.
In a game filled with big plays, Farmerville High came up with four covering 48 yards or more in a 44-24 win over Ferriday at Melz Field to finish unbeaten in District 2-2A.
"We both know what's coming at us," said Farmerville coach Joe Spatafora. "We both know we have to get better. Mistakes and big plays are going to play a big part again. We certainly are glad to have this game at our place. We have to play better than we did the first time we met. We have to do a better job playing more of our responsibilities and come out a little more aggressive on defense. We have to be able to contain No. 9 (Davonte Scott) and No. 22 (Bobby Madison) and keep their quarterback (Rodney Lawson) from throwing it all over us again."
Ferriday coach Freddie Harrison said the Trojan defense had its worst outing of the season in the first meeting against Farmerville.
"We let some possessions slip away," Harrison said. "Football is a game of big plays and they had more big plays than we did. They have a lot of confidence in their defense and we have to seize any opportunity we get."
Harrison took the Trojans to the second round in his first season two years ago when Ferriday fell to St. John, 22-20 for its first loss of the year.
The last time Ferriday played in the quarterfinals was in 2000 when they lost to Farmerville in Ferriday by a 21-20 score.
Ferriday beat Redeemer-Seton and Christian Life to reach the quarterfinals.
Ferriday had beaten Farmerville 21-20 during the regular season that year.
"We don't base success on how far we go, but how we can get the program moving in the right direction," Harrison said. "We feel good so far. But now we've gotten back to the second round and it's time to get over that hump. We need to make something happen now. We have competed in the toughest 2A classification in the state, if not the South. Four teams in this division can win games in any class. We want to continue moving forward and that starts Friday. We don't these players to be content with where they are now. If you can be practicing football the week of Thanksgiving, then you've had a real good season."
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