Former Ferriday mayor, community give students free trips to title game
As the Ferriday High School football team fought to bring a trophy back to northeast Louisiana, a former town mayor made sure more than 80 kids were able to make the trip for the title game.
Gene Allen says it's all about showing support for the team, the community and especially the students. He says he wanted to make sure every kid possible could have an experience they'd never forget.
Everyone in town knows how special the moment will be for the community, even the youngest fans wearing the black and gold like Jacari Williams. "My momma told me we haven't had a game like this since my papaw was in school," the second grader says.
So, Allen along with Alvin Garrison sponsored more than 80 kids by paying for game tickets and providing meals, so they too can enjoy the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
"It says something positive to our community. That we are supporting our team, supporting our community. We're supporting our schools,” Allen says. “It makes me feel so happy just to know that we're supporting the team, supporting the schools, and supporting the young kids. These young kids need all the support they can get."
That support is already spreading to students like sophomore Randy Davis. "Small town. Everybody know each other. That's where the support come from. It's like family in this little town," Davis says.
The school spirit even stretched out to Durham School Services who provided the buses and drivers free of charge for the trip. "Oh baby, Trojans is a way of life here,” says Angel Hawkins, with Durham School Services. “So as many kids that can have this experience that might not would have had this experience without this going on, we are 100% let's do it for the kids."
Before the buses rolled into the Big Easy, the kids say they appreciate all the love shown from their community.
Ferriday won the 2A state title game 56-17.
The Trojans hadn't won a state title since 1956.