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|Vidalia faces district front-runner|
Not many people expected Bunkie to be sitting at the top of District 3-3A going into the middle of October, including Panther head coach Bruce Webb.
"It's still early, but we started coming together as a team," Webb said. "We had a pretty tough non-district schedule and I think that helped get us ready for district."
Bunkie is rated No. 33 in the Class 3A power ratings, while Vidalia is No. 38.
After falling to Menard, Iowa, North Vermillion and Tioga to start the year, Bunkie beat Jena in its district opener (38-19), blanked Marksville 13-0 and defeated Buckeye 38-13 last week.
"This is a big game for both teams," Faircloth said.
Marksville is rated No. 41, while Avoyelles is No. 45. Jena is No. 58.
Vidalia lost to Avoyelles in its district opener, but has bounced back with wins over Buckeye and Bolton.
"Vidalia is the best-looking team in the district," Webb said. "They have size, athletes, speed and they throw the ball well. They are strong in all areas."
Bunkie is led by quarterback Kendrick Leary, who was held to two yards rushing in the first half against Vidalia last year in a 26-12 Viking win in which Leary was harassed the entire game.
"We know Vidalia is coming after Kendrick," Webb said. "He's played well this year. He played hurt a lot of last year, but he's a big part of our offense. Turnovers and penalties have killed us this year. We've been eaten up by penalties. We have to try and control the ball and keep Vidalia's offense off the field."
Vidalia coach Dee Faircloth said he's planning on sending Leary a graduation card.
"He killed us two years ago," Faircloth said. "We have got to stop him if we want to stop Bunkie,"
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