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|Ferriday falls to Natchez|
Ferriday High dropped its season-opener to Natchez High, 33-6 on Saturday in Natchez, a day later than scheduled because of Hurricane Isaac.
Ferriday also lost starting quarterback Shannon Morales to a dislocated shoulder.
"We gave up some big plays and made some mistakes, but that's all things we can correct," said Cleothis Cummings following his first game as Trojan head coach.
Natchez drove down to the Ferriday 35 on its first possession, but Adrian Wiggins intercepted a Bulldog pass and returned it 12 yards to the Trojan 22.
A roughing the punter penalty moved the ball to the Ferriday 36.
On third-and-three, Ferriday quarterback Shannon Morales ran to the right sideline, where a Bulldog defender grabbed his facemask as he was hit and the Ferriday signal-caller suffered a dislocated shoulder.
Freshman Ronald Adams came in and a fumbled snap on the Natchez 43 was recovered by Devonte Green of Natchez.
Ferriday held and a Natchez punt gave possession to the Trojans at their 21.
A high snap was recovered by Adams at his 2-yard line on third down.
DaJohn Mitchell's punt from the end zone was blocked by Natchez's Kris Weatherspoon and recovered by Green in the end zone.
Herbert Steadman added the first of three extra points.
Ferriday scored its lone touchdown on its next possession as freshman Ronald Adams passed six yards to Jalen Neal. A facemask penalty on the play moved the ball to the Natchez 7-yard line.
Two plays later, Dontrell Domino went in from three yards out. The conversion for two failed, leaving Ferriday trailing 7-6 with 6:29 remaining in the opening period.
Natchez moved down the field on its next possession behind Derrian Johnson in the Wildcat formation. Johnson capped off a 58-yard drive with a 4-yard run.
Natchez got the ball back onits 40-yard line with 56 seconds remaining.
A 13-yard run by Natchez quarterback Anthony Robinson moved the ball to the Ferriday 29 with 22 seconds remaining.
Following a short pass to the Ferriday 22, Robinson lateraled the ball to Robinson. who passed to Earon Brown, who caught the ball at the 2-yard line and went into the end zone as the first half ended. Natchez led 21-6 at the break.
"We just lost focus there," Cummings said. "We make some mistakes."
"That definitely made a big difference," said Natchez High head coach Lance Reed. "It gave us a big boost and some momentum. We had set that play up with some bubble screens we ran earlier. We just had a gut feeling it would work."
Ferriday came out on its first drive as Adams completed an 18-yard pass to Marlon Jackson to the Trojan 40-yard line.
But two plays later, Ferriday turned the ball over on a fumble at the Bulldog 48-yard line.
Christopher Griffiin broke off a 7-yard run, Waldron Mosby ran eight yards to the 3-yard line where Johnson scored his second touchdown, giving Natchez a 27-6 lead.
Adams guided Ferriday to the Natchez 39, but another fumble turned the ball over to the Bulldogs.
Natchez's final score came with 1:19 remaining as Robinson connected on a 22-yard pass to Johnson to make the final 33-6.
Adams completed 12-of-15 passes for 88 yards.
Cummings said Morales will miss one or two games.
"We just have to gather up and move on," he said. "Ronald played for me in the junior high and he understands the game. He's very competitive."
Ferriday hosts Block Friday, while Natchez visits Warren Central.
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