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Ferriday High head football coach Richard Oliver will be returning to his hometown as the Trojans visit University Lab High School in Baton Rouge in a Class 2A first round playoff contest.
"It's going to be a homecoming for me," Oliver said. "I'm anxious to get back there and see what we can do."
The Cubs are unbeaten on the season and seeded No. 6.
"They are really good," Oliver said. "It's going to be important for us to get something positive early. But this is important for our young guys to get this experience. We're looking forward to it."
Ferriday, 5-5, is seeded No. 27.
The last time U-High went unbeaten was 1988, a year the Cubs won a Class 1A state title.
U-High is coached by Chad Mahaffey, who is in his second season at the school.
Mahaffey was offensive coordinator for Bastrop High's 2007 state championship team and 2008 state semifinalist. His quarterbacks were Randall Mackey (2007) and Rueben Randle (2008).
The Cubs are led by quarterback Kyle Crisfasi and freshman running back Nicholas Brosette, who has rushed for more than 1,000 yards this season.
Brosette is backed up by Nik Kragthorpe, son of LSU assistant coach Steve Kragthorpe. Cub freshman wide receiver Manny Miles is the son of LSU head coach Les Miles.
Other top players for the Cubs are offensive lineman Peyton Cabaniss and defensive lineman George Bevan.
The winner of Friday's game faces the winner of Episcopal-Springfield. U-High handed Episcopal its only loss of the season, 21-17.
The winner of Friday's game faces the winner of Episcopal-Springfield.
"Ferriday has a very proud program and they are very capable," Mahaffey said. "They don't have a lot of players, but the kids they have are very good. No. 4 (quarterback Richard Jefferson) is tough to tackle and No. 20 (Jarvis Brooks) makes a lot of plays. They have good size on the line and their special teams players have a lot of speed."
University's home field is named Jeff Boss Field. It was dedicated on September 8, 2006, at halftime of the University High School season opener against Vidalia. Boss came to LSU in 1980, serving as LSU football team equipment manager for 24 years. While diagnosed with a brain tumor in January 2003, he continued as equipment manager until June 2003.
Boss passed away on October 27, 2003.
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