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|Vidalia falls at Marksville|
It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out Vidalia's downfall in their four losses this season.
The Vikings have been outscored 108-20 in the first half in their four setbacks, the latest being a 41-12 loss at Marksville High, in which Vidalia trailed 28-6 at halftime.
"That was definitely our best defensive game of the year," said Marksville head coach J.T. Dunbar. "Defensively, we had our best week of practice and that carried over into the game. Our guys really did a good job of swarming to the ball and stopping a really good running back in No. 1 (Kevin Johnson)."
The win dropped Vidalia to 2-4 overall and 1-1 in District 3-3A, while Marksville, the defending district champion, improved to 2-3 overall and 2-0 in district.
Vidalia's game at Block was cancelled because of Hurricane Gustav, while Marksville had two cancellations because of Gustav and Hurricane Ike.
"I am hoping we can pick up the pieces, and maybe make a late run," said Vidalia coach Dee Faircloth. "Marksville has a lot of talent. Who knows we could get lucky, make a run, and I can pray they would stumble, but I don't seem them losing.""This is still a very wide open district," Dunbar said. "There are five teams that still have a shot at winning the whole thing, and I mean that. We've grown up a lot in the last three weeks as a matter of fact I'm a little surprised how much we have progressed."
Marksville wasted little time getting on the scoreboard as Qwinshay Adams returned an interception 30 yards for a score a minute into the contest.
A 20-yard kickoff return by Kevin Johnson had the Vikings starting their second possession near midfield, but Vidalia was able to pick up on yard on three tries before punting the ball away.
Marksville then went on a 15-play, 61-yard drive which ended on a 1-yard TD run by Jordan Williams. Brenon Hudson ran in the conversion.
Marksville was aided by a 5-yard offsides penalty on the drive, one of three times the Vikings jumped offsides in the first half.
The Tigers added to their lead in the second quarter as Williams scored on a 4-yard run and Peyton Dunbar scored from 15 yards out.
Peyton Dunbar is J.T. Dunbar's nephew, while the coach's son, Jake Dunbar, had to take over a quarterback two weeks ago as a freshman because of an injury to the starting quarterback.
Vidalia got on the scoreboard late in the second half as Johnson scored from one yard out.
Williams scored on a 3-yard run and Hudson had a 5-yard run in the second half.
Johnson scored Vidalia's other TD with a 1-yard plunge. Vidalia finished with 35 rushing yards and 99 through the air.
The Tigers had 279 yards rushing and passed for 73.
Johnson rushed for 61 yards and had three catches for 93 yards.
Vidalia hosts Buckeye Friday.
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