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|Vidalia upends Avoyelles|
Vidalia High shook off the affects of a heartbreaking loss to Buckeye and took care of business in Moreauville, defeating Avoyelles High 41-13 Friday night to even its District 3-3A record to 2-2.
The Vikings missed a chance to tie for the district championship after allowing Buckeye 27-second half points in a 27-0 loss to the Panthers last Friday.
"I really didn't know how our guys would come out tonight," said Vidalia coach Dee Faircloth. "Avoyelles played hard and they never quit. They have some athletes and gave us a struggle early."
The Mustangs (1-7, 0-4) close out their season at Buckeye Friday.
Vidalia (3-4, 2-2) host Bolton Thursday.
"We were inconsistent," said Avoyelles coach Matthew Carmouche. "At times we got the effort, at other times we didn't. I give a lot of credit to Vidalia. They played hard."
The opening kickoff went over Tri McCoy's head and died at the 2-yard line, where McCoy picked it up and returned it to the Viking 6.
On Vidalia's first play from scrimmage, quarterback Caleb Vines passed 14 yards to McCoy to the 20.
Vines, who passed for more than 100 yards in the first half for the second straight week, finished completing 5-of-11 passes for 152 yards.
Kevin Johnson got the next four calls, taking it to the Vidalia 43.
The Vikings kept it primarily on the ground, completing a 94-yard, 14-play drive with a 1-yard touchdown run by Johnson. Johnson added the point-after kick.
A pass interference call against Vidalia set the Mustangs up at the Avoyelles 45.
Two runs by Huey Hayes moved to the Viking 27 before quarterback L'Darius Duskin broke loose on a 21-yard run to the Vidalia 6.
After a penalty against Vidalia, Duskin carried it in from 2-yards out.
Cody Riche kicked the point-after to tie the game at 7-7.
A 65-yard pass from Vines to Marvin Payne put Vidalia on the Avoyelles 14 on the Vikings' next possession. Three straight runs by Johnson found the end zone, with the last carry covering one yard.
The conversion failed leaving the Vikings with a 13-7 lead early in the second period.
Penalties dominated a long second quarter as both teams combined for more than 100 yards in infractions in the quarter.
An Avoyelles fumble gave Vidalia possession at the Mustang 36, but the Avoyelles defense stopped the Vikings on downs at the Mustang nine.
Avoyelles was stopped on downs and punted to the Vidalia 25-yard line.
Vidalia mounted another long drive just before halftime with ended on a 6-yard run by Michael Thompson. The conversion failed leaving the score at 19-7.
Avoyelles turned the ball over on their first series of the second half with Payne coming up with the loose football at the Mustang 35.
Johnson busted loose on a 34-yard run and Vines scored on a 1-yard sneak two plays later to give the Vikings a 27-7 lead following Johnson's conversion run.
Johnson finished with 231 yards on 30 carries.
"Field position played a big part and we had too many turnovers," Carmouche said. "The running back from Vidalia (Johnson) ran the ball real hard and he broke a lot of tackles."
Avoyelles appeared to hit a big play on its next possession as Duskin passed to Demarius Louis on a 41-yard pass play, but a fumble at the end of the play recovered by Robert Jenkins gave the ball back over to the Vikings.
Vidalia again went on a time-consuming drive with Johnson scoring from five yards to increase the Viking lead to 33-7.
The final Vidalia touchdown came on a 31-yard interception return by Kwan Reynolds.
Duskin scored on a 5-yard run late in the contest to put the final at 41-13.
"L'Darious did a good job," Carmouche said. "This is his first year in the system. The offseason is going to be very important to him. He needs to get his timing down. He's an outstanding athlete."
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