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|Vidalia upset by Avoyelles|
Vidalia High stubbed its toe in its District 3-3A opener, falling to Avoyelles High 28-26 in its Homecoming contest Friday.
It was the first district win in six years for Avoyelles and the first district road win in about 12 years.
Avoyelles won only one game last year and was winless two years ago.
"We're pretty excited," Boone said. "The kids are really pumped up. It was a lot of fun Friday night. There's not a lot of pressure on you to win here. Nobody expects us to win. But you are very thankful when the hard work pays off."
For Vidalia, it was another frustrating night and the second straight week the Vikings had breakdowns on their special teams.
"We had tryouts this week for special teams," said Vidalia assistant coach Gary Paul Parnham. "That's really been hurting us."
Parnham guided the team on the sideline while Vidalia head coach Dee Faircloth was in the press box.
Faircloth missed his first game as head coach of Vidalia in 41 years the previous week in the loss to Ferriday because of an illness following radiation treatment for prostate cancer.
"We are all still working hard and the kids just need to stay focused," Parnham said.
Boone, who was the head coach at Cenla Christian last season, took over for Matthew Carmouche, who resigned three days before football practice started.
"I came over as an assistant coach on the advice of a friend of mine who is the softball coach here," Boone said.
Ironically, Boone's first-ever win as a head coach came against Avoyelles.
"I was at Oakdale in 1995 as an assistant when our head coach got kicked out of the game and I had to take over and we won that game," Boone said with a laugh.
Avoyelles led 14-12 after the opening period, using a successful onsides kick to set up one score.
"We do that a lot because we have a lot of freshmen on special teams and we don' want anybody returning kicks a long way," Boone said. "We almost got another one later."
Ladarius Duskin returned a kickoff 70 yards for a score in the second quarter to give the Mustangs a 22-20 halftime advantage.
Ferriday had 287 yards in return yardage against Vidalia the previous week.
"We knew that was one of their weak spots because Ferriday hit them hard on special teams," Boone said. "We concentrate a lot on our special teams."
Vidalia's Gary Stewart scored on a 32-yard TD pass from Caleb Vines and on an interception return.
Vines ran in a conversion and Quan Riley added a touchdown run.
Duskin scored touchdown runs of 20 and one yard and threw a 52-yard touchdown pass to Justin Wilson. He also had an interception.
"Avoyelles has some good athletes and we just lost focus in the second half," Parnham said. "We are out of shape because we are having too many cramping up during the game."
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