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Ferriday High senior Richard Jefferson signed a football scholarship with Louisiana College today (Wednesday) at Ferriday High.
Jefferson played quarterback and wide receiver for the Trojans this past season.
"They really made me feel at home," said Jefferson, who was also recruited by Northwestern State and Louisiana-Lafayette. "I really like the atmosphere."
The 5-foot-9, 175-pound Jefferson said Louisiana College is looking at him as a cornerback.
"They said I will play a lot of special teams and some cornerback my first year," Jefferson said.
Jefferson rushed for 1,438 yards and passed for 1,578, accounting for 23 touchdowns in his only season as a quarterback. He played running back and returned kicks the previous seasons.
Jefferson also had 47 tackles on defense.
"I think it helped me as a cornerback playing some quarterback because I learned a lot about receivers breaking off their routes," he said.
Jefferson said he is glad to have the signing behind him so he can now concentrate fully on basketball.
"I'm really going to miss Ferriday with the atmosphere and the band here," he said. "It's been a great four years."
Ferriday head football coach Richard Oliver said Jefferson will be successful at Louisiana College.
"Richard will do well because he has a great attitude and great work ethic," he said. "They cme here and looked at his films and were very impressed with what they saw. Richard will flourish in their system."
Monterey's Lady Wolves kept within a game of District 4B leader Oak Hill by defeating Grace Christian 46-37 Friday in Alexandria.
"That was a good road win," said Monterey girls coach Cary Shlvely. "It keeps us in the hunt for first place."
The Lady Wolves improved to 18-7 overall and 4-1 in district.
Monterey led 23-16 at halftime.
Ellen Bairnsfather and Kaley Baker scored nine points each while Kristin Russell added seven.
The Lady Wolves are ranked No. 22 in the Class B power rankings.
"Our goal is to finish in the top 16 so we can have a home playoff game in the first round," Shively said. "If we can finish in a tie for first, we think that would be good enough. But we have to keep winning. If we are not at home, we just have to win on the road. The main thing is getting in."
Lacassine is ranked No. 1 in the Class B power rankings, followed by Fairview, Anacoco, Florien, Singer, Hathaway, Hornbeck, Weston, Glenmora and Negreet.
Oak Hill is No. 16.
Monterey's boys improved to 11-10 and 3-2 in district with a 67-63 win over Grace Christian.
"Anytime you can win on the road it's a good thing," said Monterey coach Eric Richard. "Grace Christian is competitive, especiallly on their home court."
Dillon Smith led the Wolves with 15 points, while Hayden Cassels and Cole Fancher scored 13 points each. Matthew Humphries added 10.
The Wolves are ranked No. 30 in the Class B power rankings.
The nominees and awards have been finalized for the 31st Annual Miss-Lou Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame to be held Feb. 23 at the Natchez Eola Hotel.
Southeastern Louisiana head football coach Ron Roberts will be the featured speaker.
"I'm really excited about speaking at the banquet," Roberts said. "The National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame does a great job and is a great organization. I enjoy giving young kids credit for what they are doing. And anytime I can get Southeastern Louisiana out there and spread the word about the school and community it's a great thing. We offer a great place to go to school and Hammond and the community are an easy sell."
Dinner is scheduled for 7 p.m., followed by Roberts' speech and the awarding of scholarships to six Miss-Lou football players.
Former South Natchez legendary football coach Ed Reed will be presented the Contribution to Amateur Football Award, while Judge John Hudson will receive the Distinguished American Award.
Each athlete will receive a scholarship ranging from $1,000 for four players to $3,000 for the top winner.
Thao Nguyen will represented Vidalia High, while Ferriday High will be represented by Richard Jefferson.
Representing Cathedral High will be Caleb Upton. Kevin Campbell is Adams Christian's representative, while Joseph McClatchy will be representing Trinity Episcopal. Natchdez High is represented by Lavorious Dorsey.
Junior high football players being recognized are Drake Bergeron of Vidalia, Zavier Davis of Ferriday, Pete Guedon of ACCS, Jackson Carpenter of Cathedral, Mark Iles of Trinity and Carl Knight of Robert Lewis Middle School.
Roberts was Delta State's defensive coordinator for two years and became coach in 2007. He also has worked at Mount Whitney (Calif.) High School, Texas State, Tusculum College in Greeneville, Tenn., Greensboro College, Burroughs High School in California and Houston High School in Germantown, Tenn., his wife's hometown.
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