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|Hitting was hard at Tom Williams Stadium|
You didn't have to wait long for the leather to start popping and the hard licks to begin Friday night in Tom Williams Memorial Stadium.
On its first play from scrimmage at its 31-yard line, Natchez High quarterback Javon Washington rolled a bit to his left, cocked back his arm to throw a pass to Damion Williams in the flat and was leveled by Ferriday's Zuraine Thompson, jarring the ball loose on a crunching tackle.
Ferriday would recover the ball on the Natchez 23 and move down to the 4-yard line before coming up empty.
It was a game with more bone-jarring hits than hip-hop moves from the Ferriday High band.
Ferriday missed two golden scoring opportunities, although the Bulldogs may have gotten an assist on one.
Trailing 7-0 with 1:32 remaining in the first half, Thompson picked off a Washington pass at the Natchez 45 and returned it to the Bulldog 16.
Three plays later from the Natchez 11, Thompson tossed the football in the air toward the back of the end zone. Alfred Brown somehow came up with the catch surrounded by two Natchez defenders and appeared to land inside the back line before falling back out of the end zone.
Officials ruled Brown was out of the end zone.
A fourth down pass fell incomplete.
Scott would suffer a heart contusion later in the game.
While the hits were solid, the respect between both teams was very obvious.
I certainly would have liked to have seen this game played with Ferriday having a couple of games under its belt in the same way Natchez did.
Lance Reed does a great job at Natchez High and I believe he will have the Bulldogs back to a winning tradition. Reed is a class guy and has worked wonders at Natchez High.
The cross-river rivalry is always going to be hard-hitting. And Natchez is always going to have a lot more hitters with a lot fresher legs.
Ferriday's fatigue made Natchez's hits that much more punishing in the end.
It was a quite a battle at Tom Williams Stadium Friday night. Ferriday certainly represented Trojan Nation well.
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