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|Spring football practice starts Monday|
Spring football practice kicks off in the parish Monday as Ferriday and Vidalia hit the fields in early preparation for the 2008 football season. Huntington School will hold spring drills beginning May 5.
Football teams have 15 days to practice.
Ferriday head coach Freddie Harrison said he expects about 30 players out, hoping to build on last season when the Trojans went undefeated in the regular season before losing to St. John of Plaquemine in the second round of the playoffs.
"We've had a real good offseason," said Harrison, who took over as head coach last July.
"We'll have the full cycle this year and will be able to go through the whole program," Harrison said. "I'm anxious to see what the returning players remember. That will tell the tale about whether we will be able to get right into it instead of having to teach the basics."
Harrison said last year is history and this year's team cannot live on those results.
"This team is going to have to find its own identity," he said. "Last year's team was real big on handling adversity. I'm anxious to see how this year's seniors come in and take the leadership role."
Ferriday will travel to Monroe on May 9 to scrimmage Wossman and Franklin Parish.
Vidalia High head coach Dee Faircloth said he is expecting 61 returning players and 11 from the junior high.
"We've had a great offseason," he said. "This may be the strongest team I have had overall in a while. The new weight room has made all the difference. The 'old man' can watch them do their excercises every day and they can't cheat."
Vidalia will host Rayville in a scrimmage. The day has not been set up at this time.
The Vikings finished 4-6 for the second straight year last season.
"We led in the fourth quarter for every game we lost with the exception of the Marksville game," Faircloth said. "That is not typical of Vidalia High. We just couldn't put it away. Injuries to the quarterback were detrimental to us last year. We have to stay healthy this season. The kids are anxious to have a winning year. I'm looking forward to getting started."
Huntington coach Chad Harkins said the fact Huntington's baseball team finished its season early allows him to have spring drills beginning May 5.
"We're going to get in a little contact and see what we've got," Harkins said. "We've got a lot of spots to fill. It's a good year to have spring practice."
Harkins said Huntington will scrimmage Oak Forest, Amite School Center and Columbia Academy in Liberty, Ms., on May 15 or May 17.
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