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The sentimental vote may be with the New Orleans Saints, but two parish coaches can't see picking the local underdog in the biggest game of the season.
Ferriday High head football coach Freddie Harrison picks the Colts by 10.
"I think Peyton (Manning) is the X-factor," Harrison said. "And the Colts defense has so much team speed. The Saints have not seen a team with that much speed on defense. Their secondary faces the No. 1 passing team every day in practice."
Retired Vidalia High head football coach Dee Faircloth said he may get run out of the town, parish and state, but he feels Manning will carve the Saint defense to pieces.
"The Saints will get a boost if Dwight Freeney can't go," Faircloth said, referring to Freeney's injury. "I know that will make Drew Brees feel better. But I have to take the Colts. I'm sure not pulling for them. But if I do take the Colts, that mean's put the chicken ranch and everything else on the Saints. I haven't picked anything right yet."
Huntington head football coach Chad Harkins is picking the Saints by a 31-28 score.
"It all depends on how well they handle Peyton Manning," Harkins said. "If they can slow him down and hold the Colts to 28 points, they can win."
Vidalia High assistant coach Gary Paul Parnham is picking the Saints by a 31-28 score.
"The key is going to be the Saints' offensive line protecting Drew Brees," Parnham said.
Huntington Athletic Director Matt Mason picks the Colts by a 28-21 margin.
"Turnovers are going to be the key," Mason said. "The Saints usually score 14 points off of turnovers and Peyton Manning is not going to turn the ball over."
Former Natchez Mayor Tony Byrne, who was on the New Orleans Saints' Fan Advisory Board from 2000-05 representing this area, likes the Saints by a 38-31 score.
"The key is going to be Drew Brees' arm," Byrne said. "Drew has been off since the New England game. His passes have not been spiraling as well. Jeremy Shockey will also be a key. If he is able to contribute, Indianapolis' linebackers are going to have to acknowledge him."
Trinity head football coach David King said the key to the game is destiny.
"Forty-one years on this earth I never thought I would see this," King said. "There's been a lot of frustration. But I'm going with the Saints, 28-24.
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