DALLAS — Ferris provided an encore performance Friday, getting its second win of the season and doing it with defense again.
Ferris shutout Princeton last week and held Life Oak to just one offensive touchdown on Friday.
Of Life Oak’s 206 total yards, 85 came on one play.
“I’m really happy for these kids,” first-year head coach Randy Barnes said. “It wasn’t really pretty at times, but these kids are finding ways to win. These kids play hard no matter what and we’re fortunate to have them here.”
Tristen Green got the Yellowjackets started with a 57-yard punt return in the first quarter.
In the second quarter, the senior running back added a 27-yard touchdown run as the Yellowjackets built a 12-0 lead by halftime.
Life Oak cut into its deficit with an 85-yard touchdown pass from Anibal Renteria to Karl Hodge.
Ferris answered the score with a touchdown pass of its own.
Jimbo Southard caught a 20-yard pass from Chase Parrott that extended the Yellowjackets’ lead to 18-7 early in the fourth quarter.
Life Oak scored on Ferris’ next possession when Kenneth Taylor returned a fumble for a touchdown.
The Yellowjackets’ were not to be outdone though. Ferris’ Martin Mendez scooped up a Life Oak fumble and returned it 49 for a score.
With the defensive touchdown, Ferris led 26-14 and had scored a touchdown with its offense, defense and special teams.
Green ended the scoring with a 45-yard run late in the fourth quarter.
Green finished with 120 yards on just 15 carries and three touchdowns.
Payden Bertrand also paved the way for the offense, rushing 18 times for 75 yards.
“Our confidence is good, but we’re cautiously optimistic,” Barnes said. “These kids need to feel good about themselves, but they aren’t going to get overconfident. They’ve been down too long to let that happen.”
Ferris plays at Farmersville next Friday.