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Ferriday High started strong and ended strong, but it was not enough as Sterlington High remained unbeaten in District 2-2A with a 49-34 win over the Trojans Friday at Melz Field.
"If we would have played the entire first half the way we did the second half we would not have had to come back so far," said Ferriday coach Cleothis Cummings. "But our young guys finished the game strong and I was proud of that."
Sterlington visits Homer Friday for the districted championship as both teams are unbeaten.
The Panthers improved to 5-4 overall with their fourth straight win.
Ferriday, 1-8 overall and 0-4 in district, scored first after recovering a fumbled punt at the Panther 29-yard line.
Facing fourth-and-three at the Sterlington 22, Trojan quarterback Ronald Davis completed a pass to Trey Hall to the Panther 13.
"Our special teams have been a key for us all year," Cummings said.
Six plays later, Jarvis Brooks went in from one yard out and added the conversion run for an 8-0 Trojan lead.
"That was aggravating," said Sterlington coach Mike Collins. "I'm a defensive coach, so that really had me frustrated."
Sterlington answered quickly as Austin Haman followed up a 40-yard run with a 2-yard scoring run. The conversion failed, leaving Ferriday with an 8-6 lead.
Haman gave Sterlington the lead for good midway through the second period with a 1-yard run.
Sterlington added to its lead as Jaylon Wade scored on a 7-yard run with 3:22 remaining in the opening period.
The Panthers went into the dressing room with a 27-8 advantage after Devon Murphy connected with Cody McGuire on a 22-yard scoring play.
"That was big," Collins said. "Our offense finally got going."
Sterlington increased its lead early in the third quarter on two TDs and a safety, going up 42-8.
Ferriday inched back as Trey Hall scored on a 23-yard run and Davis passed to Allen Cummings on the conversion.
Morales then picked up a blocked field goal attempt and ran 82 yards.
Wade answered with an 82-yard run for a 49-29 advantage before Shannon Morales connected with Adrian Wiggins on a 55-yard scoring play to close out the scoring.
"Our young people have to do a better job when they get a chance to play," Collins said.
Collins said he was impressed with Davis at quarterback for Ferriday.
"That freshman is smooth as silk," he said.
Ferriday ends its year at Lakeside Friday.
The Warriors are 3-6 overall, but winless in district, having been outscored 188-33 in 2-2A play.
"This is the last time for our seniors to put on that Ferriday uniform," Cummings said. "our young guys are enthused about the future and I am excited about that. I just hate we've had to go through a season like this, but everything happens for a reason. We just need to focus more on the little things."
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