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|Hoping to make some progress|
It's all about progress.
But there are two kinds of progress.
There's the good kind of progress such as the Vidalia Riverfront or the Bayou Memorial Park in Ferriday.
Then there's the other kind of progress, such as getting government help for Ferriday's water woes or what appears to be going on (or not going on) at the intersection of John R. Junkin and Seargent Prentiss Drive. Oh yeah, and Pierce Brosnan's singing.
After Friday night, it's apparant Huntington School needs to make a little progress.
After talking with Ferriday coach Freddie Harrison, it's apparent Ferriday High needs to make a lot of progress before opening against Natchez High on September 4.
Huntington's football team ran out of gas Friday night against Central Private, but the Hounds showed they have enough talent to put together a team that can make the playoffs this season.
Chad Harkins and Matt Mason have had to spend extra time teaching an almost completely new team. After having several come up with cramps and battling fatigue Friday against Central Private, I guarantee you that problem will be remedied over the next couple of weeks.
Harrison is miffed a number of his players are not going all out on every play.
That is something very uncharacteristic of a Ferriday football team and you can take it to the bank that will not be the case when the Trojans face Natchez.
Dee Faircloth has not been able to see his Vikings under the gun as their scrimmage against Buckeye was cancelled because of rain and lightning.
If Vidalia does not perform well Saturday against a good Delhi Charter team in the Vidalia Jamboree, you can count on Faircloth being another unhappy camper.
Speaking of the preseason, the New Orleans Times-Picayune released its All-Metro team Sunday.
Bad news for Faircloth is that the Times-Picayune preseason Offensive Player of the Year for large schools is James Gillum of Pearl River High.
The 5-foot-11, 185-pound senior will be running against Vidalia High on October 9.
Pearl River is a Class 4A school.
The Times-Picayune small schools preseason Offensive Player of the Year is junior Bradley Sylve of South Plaquemines.
Sylve is the son of former Vidalia High standout Eddie Ray Jackson.
Sylve is known for his track accomplishments. Turns out he's pretty good at catching the football as well.
What kind of progress awaits area teams and athletes over the next couple of months?
Hopefully the good kind.
Stay tuned and watch out for those barrels and barriers.
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