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|Vidalia hosts Mangham, Homecoming|
Vidalia hosts Mangham for Homecoming, but it's also a Homecoming of sorts for Viking coach Dee Faircloth.
Faircloth and his wife, Dot, graduated from Mangham High in 1962.
"You can't lose to your ol' hometown, I hear it every time I go back there," Faircloth said.
The Viking coach said his father-in-law never went to a barber shop in Mangham, but made exceptions the times Vidalia beat the Dragons.
"He would stay in there for a week or two," he said.
Faircloth has never been a fan of Homecoming week, and finds an even more difficult challenge in getting his team focused after beating Ferriday in Ferriday last week.
"We have got to be focused from the start," he said. "When you go to the mountain, you always have to go back down to the valley."
Mangham defeated Madison Parish 21-0 last week.
Josh Wilson completed 16-of-29 passes for 203 yards and no interceptions, while Michael Holland caught 10 passes for 147 yards.
"Josh was very sharp all night," said said Mangham head coach Bo Meeks, whose grandfather, Joe Meeks, coached at Huntington in the 1980s. "He and Michael made some very big plays."
"It's going to be a long game," Faircloth said. "We may get home by midnight because they throw it three out of every four plays."
Mangham's win over Madison was important for the Dragons, who picked up 10 power points for the win and four points for beating a 3A school.
Mangham fell to Madison Parish 32-26 last year in overtime.
"That was a big win for us," Meeks said. "It was tough getting over that loss last year."
Meeks said Vidalia's offers presents a big challenge to his team.
"They are fast and very athletic," he said. "We're going to have to try and slow them down a little bit. They played well against Ferriday and played Ouachita Christian well for a half. We are going to have to protect the football and make sure tackles on defense."
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