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|What will happen in 2008|
All right already, 15 years is long enough.
You have to go back to 1993 to find the last time Vidalia, Ferriday and Huntington made the football playoffs in the same year.
That streak ends in 2008 as the Vikings, Trojans and Hounds will extend their seasons.
Vidalia is seeking its first winning season in three years after riding high the prior two seasons, reaching the Class 2A semifinals in 2003.
Vidalia has the toughest row to hoe, competing for the second straight year in Class 3A as one of the smallest schools in the classification.
The Vikings finished just below the .500 mark the past three years and a loss in the regular season finale to Bolton in overtime kept them from advancing to the playoffs.
Vidalia needs to have some success early and the Vikings do just that, going 4-1 before opening District 2-2A play at home against Bunkie.
Unlike last year when Marksville was heads above shoulders above the rest of the district, this year the league is much more balanced.
Vidalia goes 3-2 in district, sealing a playoff spot with a win over Bolton in the finale in Vidalia to post a 7-3 mark.
The Vikings advance to the second round and finish their season at 8-4.
So what does Freddie Harrison do for an encore in his second season at Ferriday?
Don't count on a perfect regular season. The loss of Kendrick Harris and Matthew Smith is too huge to expect those kind of results again.
The Trojans do go 5-1 outside the district and manage a 2-2 mark in District 2-2A play to finish the regular season at 7-3.
Ferriday once again advances to the second round before being bumped out to finish 8-4.
On to Huntington.
The bad news: The Huntington Hounds could start out the season 0-3.
The good news: The Hounds could go into their final regular season contest 6-3.
Huntington starts the season at Central Private before welcoming Wilkinson County Christian Academy in a game that could conceivably be between two of the best three teams in the district.
The pivotal game of the year could be the Oct. 17 contest at Glenbrook.
The Hounds will be looking for some payback after losing a heartbreaker in Ferriday in a game that kept the Hounds from winning the district title.
Huntington has some big shoes to fill from last year, but Vidalia transfer Jeremy Randall is a playmaker and if he breaks into the open field he will be hard to catch.
Huntington finishes 7-3 on the season and 6-1 in district.
The Hounds make it once again to the semifinals, but come up again one game short of playing for a state championship.
Across the river, Cathedral High School has one of the top quarterbacks in the area in Preston Edwards. The Green Wave lines up against a region opponent each Friday night. Fortunately, the Mississippi High School Athletic Association is going to six classes next year.
Cathedral started out 1-3 last year, with the total point difference in all four games being 18 points.
Mark down Sept. 19 as a night to remember as the Green Wave host St. Aloysius for Homecoming. You know the Flashes are going to love to watch the parade of cars before the game. Not that this rivalry needs any kind of extra incentive.
St. Al won 32-27 last year and expect another wild one.
The Green Wave finish 6-4 and fourth in their region to earn a playoff spot. Cathedral falls in the first round to finish at 6-5.
Trinity Episcopal surprised a lot of folks last year by advancing to South State in Class 2A.
David King can poor-mouth with the best of them, but he still has some athletes, including one of the best in the area in R.J. Fleming.
Trinity advances to South State once again, only to fall one short of playing for a title.
Paul Hayles failed to win a game in his first year at his alma mater last year, but Adams County Christian School will be much more competitive this season. It may not show in a 2-9 record, but there is marked improvement.
Bennie Vault returns for his second year at his alma mater and Block will once again be one of the teams to beat in the district.
The Bears go 2-3 before heading into district and compiling a 4-1 mark to finish 6-4. Block bows out in the second round.
Tensas Academy gets its feet wet in 8-man football this season. The Chiefs finish 4-4 as Tensas fans will enjoy a faster pace of football in their debut season.
The good news now is that games are not won or lost on paper, and there will certainly be some surprise teams. I hope and pray everyone has a fun season without any serious injuries. Play hard young men, give it your best and show sportsmanship. Leave it all on the field and don't let the season end with any regrets. I would love to still be talking about a bunch of football around Thanksgiving. But right now I'll take all three parish teams making the playoffs. After all, 15 years is long enough.
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