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|Christmas comes early for Vidalia High|
Christmas came early for Vidalia High School.
Earlier this week, it looked as if Vidalia would be put in a district with traditional powers Carroll, Madison, Rayville and Richwood for the next two years.
As a matter of fact, Vidalia High Athletic Director and head football coach Dee Faircloth said it would take a Miracle on 34th Street for it not to happen.
Credit Vidalia High principal Rick Brown for playing the role of Santa Claus.
Brown attended the reclassification meeting in Lafayette Thursday and listened as representatives from north Louisiana talked of putting Vidalia in a district with the north Louisiana schools.
The debate over the districts in Class 3A lasted an hour and 15 minutes.
The Rayville principal kept bringing up points about why we should be there and I just kept answering with responses of why we shouldn't," Brown said. "I told the board that no one has asked us our point of view and what we wanted."
Brown actually talked with Louisiana High School Athletic Association Commissioner Kenny Henderson at the Top 28 Tournament and re-inforced his points.
"Mr. Brown saved us," Faircloth said. "He did a great job. We dodged a bullet."
In the end, Vidalia remains in District 3-3A with Avoyelles, Bolton, Buckeye, Bunkie, Marksville and newcomer Jena.
Vidalia will scrimmage Buckeye on August 21 before hosting its jamboree on Aug. 29.
The Vikings host Block in their season-opener on Sept. 4 followed by a game at Ouachita Christian.
Vidalia hosts Ferriday on Sept. 18, followed by Homecoming against Avoyelles in their district opener.
On Thursday, Oct., 1, Vidalia will travel to Buckeye for the Squirrel Bowl, so called because the first Friday of each October opens squirrel season and Buckeye does not play a Friday night game that week.
The Vikings will travel to Pearl River above Slidell the second week of October.
Two home district games with Bolton and Bunkie follow before the Vikings travel to Marksville on Oct. 30.
Vidalia visits Jena on the first week of November in their regular season finale.
Ferriday will remain in District 2-2A with Farmerville, Lake Providence, Mangham, Sterlington and Jonesboro-Hodge for football only.
The original plan Ferriday remaining in Class 2-2A and competing with Farmerville, Lake Providence, Mangham and Sterlington. Jonesboro-Hodge was going to move out of District 2-2A 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 opening 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.
Monterey has been moved from District 3B to District 6B with Avoyelles Public, Glenmora, Harrisonburg, Oak Hill and Rapides.
As if Franklin Parish's district was not tough enough.
District 3-4A will now include Franklin Parish, Bastrop, Neville, West Ouachita, Wossman and Ruston.
Wossman moved up from Class 3A, while Ruston moved down from Class 5A.
Franklin Parish head football coach Barry Sebren was hoping Franklin Parish would move down to Class 3A. The Patriots were 10 students over the cut-off mark.
Ironically, if the numbers were taken today, Franklin Parish would be in 3A.
"We were at 648 students in October and now we are around 615," Sebren said. "We'll be below 600 by the of the school year.
Staying in 4A puts us in a bind, but we'll keep fighting and never give up. I'm not happy about it and I'm always going to stand up for my kids. There is no way we should be playing Bastrop in a district game."
Carroll drops from 4A to 3A. District 2-3A will include Carroll, Caldwell, Madison, Rayville, Richwood.
"It just makes more sense for us to be 3A and playing those teams," Sebren said.
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