This year’s Football team at Red River High went further than any other school team has gone. They compiled an envious district record then survived two rounds of the state playoffs before they ran into the Ferriday Trojans last Friday night.
After watching the contest, Bulldog Athletic Director Billy Henry, Jr. speculated that the Trojans just might be the team to win state in 2-A this year. Look at the brackets on the LHSAA website and you’ll find the only team Red River lost a district game to is coming up the other side. The Many Tigers may meet Ferriday in the state finals in two weeks. And Many could win it all. So Red River’s Bulldogs are right up there in the rarified air of a championship team.
During the broadcast of the Ferriday game, Henry reviewed the year the Bulldogs have had. He noted that the team had four head coaches from last spring to now. That is a lot of change for young men to go through. Henry looked at the team’s performance since August under coach John Bachman and how much progress they have made.
Last Friday, the Bulldogs faced an opponent that had done its homework. Their defense was all over the offensive play of the Bulldogs. They shut down the running game and were all over the passing plays. Then on offense Ferriday had a game plan that the Bulldogs couldn’t stop. Two very good teams met on the field of play and the better team prevailed.
The last state championship team was the 1992 Coushatta Choctaws. They won it all that year. And no team has done it since. Now that Red River’s football program has grown into what it is today, it may not be very long before there is another state championship trophy in the Bulldog’s trophy case.
Looking to the future the Bulldogs have a lot to build upon. And they appear to have a coaching staff that is assembling a game plan for future success. Some could argue that with all that occurred in the past year, it is a wonder they got as far as they did. While others might say it just wasn’t enough. In the case of the Red River Bulldogs, the glass is only half full. Better watch out when they fill it up.