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|Another instant classic|
What goes from 54 to zero in one half?
The 2008 Ferriday-Vidalia football game.
After a wild first half that saw the Vikings go into the dressing room with a 24-20 advantage, neither team found the end zone in the second half.
"I think both teams just gave out," said Vidalia head coach Dee Faircloth. "It was a physical game and both teams were exhausted."
How wild was the first half? How about two touchdowns in the last 41 seconds.
Credit a couple of changes and an addition to a Viking defense that held the Trojans to two touchdowns after being unable to make a big stop against Ouachita Christian a week earlier.
Vidalia allowed OCS 451 yards in total offense the previous week in a 40-14 loss.
Vidalia held Ferriday to nine yards rushing in the first half and 145 passing.
Vidalia coach Dee Faircloth moved linebacker Van Thompson to the defensive line and defensive end Gary Stewart to defensive back and John Brixey saw some playing time Friday after missing the past three weeks with a bruised shoulder.
"John Brixey coming back gave us a big shot in the arm on defense," Brixey said. "Quan Riley and Marvin Payne did great jobs from the defensive end position. The entire defense stepped up."
Brixey came up huge in the last minute, tackling Ferriday explosive running back Bobby Madison in the Trojan backfield on two consecutive downs inside the Vidalia 30-yard line. An incompletion and interception followed.
The win was huge for the Vikings, who are looking fo their first winning season since 2004.
Vidalia has come close in two of those years, winning four games.
If Vidalia can stay healthy, the Vikings can at least finish 5-4. If they play the rest of the year like they did Friday night against Ferriday, eight wins is not out of the question.
Meanwhile, Freddie Harrison has to deal with some Trojan fans who just don't like losing to Block or Vidalia, much less both in two weeks.
Most fans will understand you don't lose a Kendrick Harris and Matthew Smith without that having a big affect. And the Trojans are playing a lot of sophomores, with about 10 getting a lot of playing time.
Harrison will have the Trojans winning once again. And the good thing is that he will continue to stress discipline, character and sportsmanship.
"We're going through some growing pains," Harrison said. "The good thing is that when we grow up, other teams better buckle up."
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