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|Vidalia welcomes OCS|
After having to cancel his season-opener at Block because of Gustav, Vidalia High head coach Dee Faircloth traveled to Monroe on Saturday to watch Ouachita Christian play Mangham.
OCS travels to Vidalia Friday in what will now be the Vikings' season-opener. Ouachita Christian defeated Mangham 51-29 in a game that was moved back a day because of the storm.
Faircloth exchanged video with OCS head coach Steven Fitzhugh after watching the Eagles total 569 yards in total offense against the Dragons.
"I told Coach Fitzhugh after the game that they are going to drive me into retirement," Faircloth said. "They have one of the most explosive teams I've coached against. And they blew three or four scoring chances in the red zone in the last half. They are probably one of the top two teams in Class A."
Throw in the fact Faircloth was unable to practice all last week.
"There are a lot of obstacles we have to overcome," he said. "We're just going to have to tighten our belts and get after it."
OCS gave Vidalia its first loss of the season last year as Jacob Davis passed 20 yards to Blake Gilliken with 42 seconds remaining to give the Eagles a 15-12 win in Monroe.
"I'll never get over that," Faircloth said. "Before that we had the ball with two minutes to go and all we had to do is get one first down for the win. But we had a holding penalty and then a seven-yard punt."
Davis passed for 317 yards against Mangham.
"Davis is one of the top quarterbacks in North Louisiana," Faircloth said. "He is a 3-year starter and against Mangham every throw was right on the money."
Fitzhugh said Vidalia not playing last week is a double-edged sword.
"We do have one game under our belt, but at the same time this is their first game and they will have a lot of enthusiasm and excitement," Fitzhugh said. "They'll have a little extra adrenaline rush you get in that situation."
Fitzhugh said he is impressed with Vidalia's size.
"They have a huge defensive line and their linebackers are solid," he said. "I felt we matched up with Mangham well, but I'm concerned with how we match up against Vidalia."
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