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Homer head football coach John Sampson said earlier in the season that his running back, Darien Dunn, will be playing football on Sundays.
You won't find too many Ferriday Trojan players or coaches disagreeing with that remark after the Pelicans defeated Ferriday 42-23 as scored three times as the Pelicans improved to 2-0 in District 2-2A.
Dunn ran for a pair of touchdowns and caught one from Leondre Williams. He added 186 yards on the ground.
Ferriday head coach Cleothis Cummings said Dunn reminds him of former Ferriday standout Brennan Smith.
"He had some big runs, and we tried to arm-tackle him at times which you cannot do," Cummings said. "He was relentless."
Ferriday actually trailed early, but cut the Homer lead to 28-23 late in the game.
"We let them off the hook," Cummings said. "We told the guys, OK, it's time. But we let it slip away. We just have to try and get better now."
Jarvis Brooks scored Ferriday's first touchdown and added a 30-yard field goal.
Ronald Davis then hooked up with Adrian Wiggins on a 35-yard touchdown pass play and with Zamarrion Rosenthal on a 20-yard TD to cut into the lead.
"I've been around Coach Cummings a long time so I wasn't surprised with how hard they played," said Sampson, who coached Cummings at Newellton High. "Ferriday played well and they have some good athletes."
Demeatre Casey and Tre Various Moore caught touchhdown passes from Leondre Williams.
"It's big any time you can win a district game on the road," said Sampson, whose team improved to 5-2 overall and 2-0 in District 2-2A.
Ferriday fell to 1-6 overall and 0-2 in district.
"We just didn't do the little things," Cummings said. "But we're going to keep working hard."
Ferriday is sitting at No. 49 in the Class 2A power ratings.
The top 32 teams advance to the playoffs.
"We knew we have to win out to have a chance," Cummings said. "But no matter what, we want to finish strong."
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