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|Ferriday rallies past Vidalia|
Special teams were just that for Ferriday High, as the Trojans used 265 yards in kick return yardage, including a 75-yard punt return by Davonta Scott, to defeat Vidalia 34-24 Friday in Dee Faircloth Viking Stadium.
"Our special teams did a good job and was a big reason for the win," said Ferriday coach Freddie Harrison.
Scott also had an interception, five tackles and a 19-yard touchdown run.
"Davonta was a difference-maker," Harrison said. "He put us on his shoulders."
Vidalia was without Faircloth, who missed his first game as head coach of Vidalia in 41 years because of an illness following radiation treatment for prostate cancer.
"We gave everything we had," said Vidalia assistant coach Gary Paul Parnham.
Vidalia surprised the large crowd by jumping out to an 18-8 lead.
The Vikings entered the game with an 0-2 record, being outscored 88-0.
"Our guys watched the film and didn't have enough respect for Vidalia," Harrison said.
Nieco Amado returned the opening kickoff 40 yards to the Vidalia 49-yard line.
Ferriday took 10 plays to move to the Viking 37-yard line where they faced fourth-and-10. Trojan quarterback Ronald Lawson was tackled five yards short of the first down and Vidalia took over on its 32.
Vidalia lost 24 yards on their first possession and Ferriday received good field position on the Vikings 35. Two runs by Bobby Madison moved it to the 14 where Scott ran into the end zone from the Wildcat formation for the first score of the game. Lawson passed to Alfred Brown on the conversion.
"After what has happened this year our guys could have folded up, but they fought through that and really showed me something," Parnham said.
Vidalia got on the board on its next possession as Caleb Vines fired a pass down the middle of the field to Tri McCoy who took it all the way for the 41-yard scoring play. The conversion failed.
Vidalia moved the ball late in the first quarter as Vines ran for 11 yards and a Ferriday penalty moved it to the Ferriday 19. Two plays later, Vines threw a short pass to Quan Riley who turned it into a 19-yard scoring play. The conversion failed leaving the Vikings with a 12-8 lead with 10:01 to play in the first half.
A 55-yard kickoff return by Nieco Amado put Ferriday in good position at the Vidalia 38, but the Trojans failed to convert a fourth-and-five at the Vidalia 6-yard.
A 24-yard completion from Vines to Gary Stewart gave Vidalia possession at the Viking 34-yard line.
An option play that ended with Marques Lewis of Ferriday picking up the football and apparently a touchdown was ruled an incomplete pass, which led to a personal foul penalty on Ferriday coach Freddie Harrison.
"I didn't have to look at the film to see that call was wrong because it was plain as day," Harrison said. "Then they hit the big play afterwards. That was a game-changer. But I don' blame a game on the officials, we have to execute better."
Vidalia moved to the 9-yard line where Scott made an interception in the Viking end zone and ran it out to the 2-yard line with 5:14 remaining in the first half.
A Ferriday fumble was recovered by Vidalia's Jamale Davis at the Vidalia 8-yard line.
Three plays later Vines hit McCoy for an 11-yard TD pass to give the Vikings an 18-8 lead with 3:02 remaining in the first half.
Riley recovered a Ferriday fumble at the Ferriday 30-yard line, but Vidalia was unable to score before the half.
"We didn't get in too much of a panic mode at halftime," Harrison said. "The fans were panicking, but the kids knew what they were doing wrong and that they didn't come out ready to play."
Parnham said he wanted his team to remain calm with two quarters to play.
"We left a score out there right before the half," Parnham said. "We were happy to be up, but it would have been a lot nicer to be up 24-8. We needed that other score."
Vidalia was unable to move the ball on its first possession of the second half and Scott returned the punt 75 yards for the score. Lawson ran in the conversion to pull the Trojans to within 18-16.
"We were not getting down there making tackles," Parnham said. "It was like we were going down looking to see who was going to block us."
Scott finished with 187 yards on three returns.
Ferriday would have gone over the 300-yard mark in returns except for a personal foul penalty.
Ferriday totaled 15 penalties for 192 yards.
Ferriday regained the lead on its next possession as Bobby Madison broke loose on an 81-yard scoring jaunt. The conversion failed leaving Ferriday with a 22-18 advantage.
Madison finished with 157 rushing yards on 17 attempts.
Scott went to work on Ferriday's next possession carrying four times, including the final 19 for a touchdown. Breaking several tackles on his way to the end zone. The conversion failed, leaving Ferriday with a 28-18 advantage.
Vidalia answered on its next possession as Vines and Stewart teamed up on a 27-yard pass play to the Vidalia 13-yard line before bullet from Vines to Stewart in the back of the end zone pulled Vidalia to within 28-24 with 43 seconds remaining in the third quarter. The fourth Vidalia conversion failed.
"We left eight points out there," Parnham said. "We have to do a better job on conversions."
Madison returned the ensuing 35 yards to the Vidalia 43.
Facing fourth-and-one at the Vidalia 35, Madison carried for a yard and a few inches to pick up the first down.
Four plays late, Lawson hit Brown on a 39-yard scoring play with 8:13 remaining. The conversion failed.
Lawson finished with 102 passing yards, hitting 10-of-17 with an interception. Brown caught six passes for 105 yards.
"The quick slant was open," Harrison said.
Vidalia ran out of downs on its next possession and Ferriday ran out the clock to end the game.
Lewis led the Trojans with seven tackles.
Vines was 10-of-22 for 225 yards.
"We didn't run the ball with a lot of success, but as well as we were able to move the ball in the air we didn't have to run as much," Parnham said. "I was real pleased with our offensive line. I felt the stepped up and controlled the line of scrimmage. This was our best effort to date. We need to build on it now with district starting."
Vidalia's Quan Riley was taken by ambulance from the field in the final quarter after suffering a pinched nerve in his neck. Riley held up his thumb before being placed in the ambulance.
"He was real sore Monday and we're not sure he will be able to play Friday," Parnham said.
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