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|Trojans slay Dragons|
This is the first in a 30-part series on the top football games played in Concordia Parish.
Former McCall High head football coach Levi Washington was known for throwing in a few new wrinkles, especially when it came to a key district contest.
And with UNLV signee Kelvin Brooks at quarterback and future standout Arkansas receiver Anthony Lucas at wide receiver, Washington had plenty of chances to come with with new gadgets for his single wing offense.
Lucas was drafted by the Green Bay Packers and played for Dallas, but several knee injuries and required surgeries ended his professional football career prematurely. "Usually McCall could not throw the ball, but with Brooks and Washington it gave them a different dimension," said former Ferriday coach Cordell Bailey.
But the new wrinkle on October 23, 1993 would take place across the field at Melz Field.
With District 2-AAA preseason favorite McCall coming into Ferriday against the Trojans, who were also unbeaten in district, Bailey added a new wrinkle of his own.
Otis Bates, who had more than 1,000 rushing for the 6-1 Trojans, had two touchdown passes, 48 and 33 yards, to Cedric Skipper, while also rushing for 230 yards.
"We knew they would bite on it," Bailey said. "They focused on stopping Otis running the ball."
Bates said he worked on passing the ball to his cousin, Cedric, all week.
"I knew they would be coming at me, I just had to get it out to Cedric," Bates said. "I knew they would not be expecting it."
Bailey, who has been an assistant coach at Northside of Lafayette the past eight years, knew the game would go a long way in deciding the district championship.
"It was always, us, McCall or Vidalia," Bailey said.
McCall scored first as Brooks returned the opening kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown.
On Ferriday's second possession, Bates took a pitch to the right, but pulled up and hit Skipper for a 48-yard scoring play. Ferman Washington's PAT kick tied the game at 7-7.
Bates put the Trojans ahead with a 28-yard scoring run late in the first period and quarterback Donald Ray Walker ran in the conversion for a 15-7 Trojan lead.
Brooks and Lucas teamed up on a 12-yard TD pass play to cut the lead to 15-13 at halftime.
Bates hit Skipper for 33 yards in the third period for a 21-13 Trojan lead.
Brooks hit Lucas for another score in the final period and McCall converted the two-point conversion to tie the game at 21-21.
"I have some relatives in Tallulah, so I heard all about those two," Bates said. "We played against them in junior high, so it was a pretty good rivalry."
Bates scored from five yards with minutes remaining in the contest and added the conversion run to give Ferriday a 29-21 lead.
"There was no way I was going to be stopped," Bates said. "We had an outstanding line with Ferman Washington and Rodney Lloyd."
Damone Green ended McCall's hopes of tying the contest by picking off a Brooks pass.
(Assistant coach) Tony Moore went on the field to high-five Damone and we had to run out there and pull him off the field," Bailey said.
"That was a bigger win than when we beat (Anthony) Booger McFarland at Winnsboro," Bates said.
Ferriday lost to Boston High of Lake Charles 46-40 in a first-round playoffs in Ferr-day. Ferriday trailed 34-20 in the fourth quarter, but came back to tie the game. The Trojans missed an extra point kick in the first overtime that would have won the game.
Washington, who was also the regular kicker, injured his toe in a previous contest and could not kick.
"I thought I would get home and get a little consolation from my wife," Bailey said. "But when I walked in she told me, 'Everybody knew you should not have kicked it.' I looked outside to see where the dog was because I figured I might be sleeping with him."
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