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|LHSAA does an end run on Vidalia|
Just when it seemed things were going right for Vidalia High School pertaining to reclassification, the rug was pulled out from under the Vikings.
"We apparently just got thrown under the bus with Caldwell," said Vidalia High athletic director Dee Faircloth.
The preliminary plan had Vidalia, the smallest school in Class 3A, in a district with Caldwell, Jena, Marksville, Bunkie, Bolton, Buckeye and Avoyelles.
But a new proposal that will be voted on Thursday by the Louisisana High School Athletic Association in Lafayette has Vidalia in a district with Caldwell, Madison Parish, Rayville, Richwood and Carroll.
Faircloth said there was one proposal which would have had Vidalia in a district with Caldwell, Jena and Buckeye, but that proposal also had teams from Monroe in a district with teams from Shreveport and schools in both those cities opposed that plan.
"That would be our first choice," Faircloth said of being in a district with Caldwell, Jena and Buckeye. "Our second choice would be the eight-team district in the first plan."
The LHSAA holds three meetings to discuss different proposals. The meeting Thursday is the second meeting, but usually whatever is decided after the second meeting in finalized at a final meeting.
"Vidalia and Caldwell are about the only schools against the latest proposal, so if it doesn't go through it will be a Miracle on 34th Street," Faircloth said.
Fairlcoth said if the second proposal goes through, his 2009 schedule will start with the annual Vidalia Jamboree on Aug. 29, followed by games against Block, Ouachita Christian, Ferriday, possibly Mangham and Jena in the fifth playing date before getting into district.
Mangham has been moved into a district with Ferriday after going up from Class 1A to Class 2A.
The original plan had Ferriday remaining in Class 2-2A and competing with Farmerville, Lake Providence, Mangham and Sterlington. Jonesboro-Hodge was going to move into District 3-2A with Lakeview, Mansfield, Menard, Red River and Winnfield.
But Ferriday head football coach Freddie Harrison said district coaches proposed keeping Jonesboro-Hodge in their district for football only and that will likely be accepted Thursday.
Harrison has set a tentative football schedule that has Ferriday playing Madison in a jamboree on Aug. 28.
Ferriday will open its season at home on Sept. 4 against Natchez High.
The two teams played in a scrimmage at Natchez High last year, but have never played in a regular season game since South Natchez and North Natchez consolidated into Natchez High in 1989.
Ferriday did play North Natchez in the 1980s.
The Trojans will travel to Block and Vidalia the next two weeks before hosting Wossman for Homecoming on Sept. 25. Ferriday then visits Peabody before opening district play on Oct. 9 at home against Mangham.
Jonesboro-Hodge, if it remains in the district, will host Ferriday on Oct. 16.
Lake Providence will visit Ferriday on Oct. 23, followed by a road game at Sterlington and home game against Farmerville.
Monterey High has been moved from Class 3B to Class 5B where the Wolves will compete with Oak Hill, Rapides, Harrisonburg, Glenmora and Avoyelles Public Charter.
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