Ferris defeats Crandall and secures playoff spot
Special to The Ellis County Press
Everyone who knows the rivalry between the Ferris Yellow Jackets and Crandall Pirates understands there is always tension in the air come game time. The Jackets were out to prove this would be their year and the Pirates determined to continue their winning streak against Ferris.
The Ferris Yellow Jackets beat the Crandall Pirates Friday, Nov. 4, in a decisive victory winning 41-28.
The Jackets victory is huge for a couple of reasons, it brings a long string of loses to the Pirates to an end and secures Ferris a place in the playoffs.
First quarter: Crandall would strike first and go up 7-0, scoring on a rushing touchdown with 8:17 on the clock.
The Jackets would follow up with a successful drive of their own, #3 Robert Grady would score on an 8 yard rushing touchdown and the point after would tie the game at 7-7 with 4:23 left in the quarter.
Both teams defenses would hold strong to start the game, while their offenses would show they could move the ball and end the quarter all tied up.
Second quarter: Crandall looked like they might pull away from Ferris in this quarter, as they scored on a pair of very quick touchdowns in the first few minutes and taking 21-7 lead.
The Jackets would continue the fight and refusing to give up, scored as sophomore #2 Jay Foster broke free on a 68 yard rushing touchdown closing the gap, making the score 14-21 with 8:04 left to play in the quarter.
On the following drive Crandall would take around six minutes of the clock and score again to widen their lead to 28-14 and leaving Ferris very little time to answer with 2:15 left in the half.
The Jackets did answer with a series of short passes and strong running, quarterback #4 Keegan Harris would score on a three yard rushing touchdown and end the half with the score Ferris 21, Crandall 28. If there were any doubters in the stands to whether this would be a good game, their question was answered as both teams played an excellent half of football.
Third quarter: This quarter would prove to be a defensive battle, as both teams were unable to move the ball against some heavy hitting and explosive defensive play.
On the Ferris side of the ball, the defensive play of #23 Jr. Gutierrez would really shine with 11 tackles of the night, but the entire defense should be recognized for their play.
Fourth quarter: The fourth quarter would be the real difference in this game, as the Jackets defense continued their strong play and once again shut Crandall down and played lights out football.
It would be all Ferris to end the game, as #83 Miguel Mendiola the Ferris kicker would remain perfect on the night hitting a 27 yard field goal from the right hash making the score Ferris 24, Crandall 28.
The defense would put points on the board as #7 Devonte Pryor would down the Crandall quarterback in the end zone for a safety and make the score 26-28, with Crandall still leading, but not for long.
#3 Robert Grady would score again on a 20 yard rushing touchdown and a successful two point conversion, giving Ferris their first lead of the night of 34-28.
The Jackets weren’t quite finished, as #3 Grady would continue his show and score on a 79 yard run and make the final score Ferris 41, Crandall 28.
Listening throughout the season, many didn’t give this young Jackets team a lot of respect and really questioned their ability to do much; I guess the only thing this team can say right now is “Playoffs Baby!”
Ferris will go up against Van first in the playoffs, game will be this Thursday, Nov. 10, at Mesquite Memorial Stadium with kick-off at 7:30 p.m.