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Blown transformer ends Ferris homecoming football game early

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The Ellis County Press

FERRIS - After the customary crowning of the Ferris High School Homecoming King and Queen, players and fans were ready for a very promising dual with Trinity Christian - Cedar Hill (TCCH).

This game marked the first home game for Ferris after Hurricane Ike caused the match-up with Pilot Point to be canceled.

An overflowing parking lot was only a small taste of the large turnout.

Both defenses found themselves struggling giving way to a high scoring game.

Although lacking in blocking ability, both teams offered an incredible amount of speed and quickness. Both teams opted for a running game as opposed to a passing game.

Ferris took a 7-0 lead in the first quarter with a 69-yard touchdown run by James Hopkins.

TCCH answered back with a 74-yard touchdown run by Dominique Rambo.

Not to be outdone, Ferris scored two more touchdowns in the first quarter, one at the hands of Trey Moore who took a kickoff return 93-yards down the field to the opposite end zone.

Rambo put seven more on the board for TCCH to close the gap to 21-14 by the end of the first quarter.

TCCH dominated the scoring in the second quarter making two touchdowns to only one for Ferris leaving the score tied at 28 all going into half-time.

The excitement of the game was too much for some as coaches and police officers found themselves trying to break up a fight on the field with less than 1:30 to go in the first half of play.

By the end of a low scoring third quarter, Ferris was trailing by seven at 35-28.

Two more touchdown runs by Hopkins and Moore, with a failed extra point, gave Ferris the lead at 41-35.

TCCH’s Dominique Rambo ran in another touchdown as the end of fourth quarter was looming. A successful two-point conversion gave TCCH a two point lead at 43-41.

With less than a minute to play in the fourth quarter, Ferris found themselves with the ball on the 50-yard line.

As the clock counted down to 19 seconds, Ferris’ Quarterback Ryan Kidwill called for the snap, got set to get rid of the ball and then the stadium went pitch black. After much discussion between the two schools and against the wishes of TCCH, TXU Energy was called out to try to fix the problem so the game could be finished.

At 11:30 p.m., an hour after the initial power outage, the lights tried to power back up.

Just when all seemed to be going well, the transformer blew a second time and the game was called.

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