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|Spring football beneficial to Vidalia|
You have to go back to 1985 to find the last time Vidalia High held a Blue-White game at Dee Faircloth Viking Stadium.
The game was played on a Thursday night and the Vikings were coming off a 30-0 spring game win over Winnfield.
Members of the White team included current Jena head coach Bernie Cooley, Vidalia alderman Triand McCoy, running backs Eddie Ray Jackson, Tommy Savant, Van Thompson, while quarterbacks were Keith Dallalio and Larry Brown.
Members of the Blue team included Brent Smith, David Hedrick, Michael Pace, Mike Brown, Cedric Scott, Joe Ray Hooker, Richard Criswell and Gary Paul Parnham.
Saturday afternoon at Dee Faircloth Viking Stadium, Cooley was standing along the fence watching the game, McCoy was watching his son, Tri, compete at running back and Parnham was on the field once again - this time as the new Viking head football coach.
Parnham was a junior the last time a Blue-White game was held.
Vidalia has held spring practices since that time, but the intrasquad game has not been a part of those practices.
The last time Vidalia held a spring practice was in 2001.
Parnham scheduled 10 days of spring ball to help the players adjust to his new role of head coach.
It was time well spent.
The 2010 version of the Viking football team will be very young.
Vidalia has 10 returning senior starters and a number of freshmen and sophomore players who have not seen any action. Throw into that one of the largest eighth grade classes coming up in a while and there was a whole lot of teaching going on.
I was very impressed with the way Parnham and his coaching staff ran spring practice and the effort they got from their players.
That does not mean I am expecting a seven-or-eight win season.
There are too many newcomers for those kind of high expectations.
But I do believe the 2010 team is going to be a whole lot better in late October than it is going to be in early September.
The key to the 2010 Viking football season is keeping everyone healthy during the pre-district portion of the schedule.
Vidalia High made a solid choice in naming Parnham as head football coach.
He seemed to enjoy walking the field briskly as a coach Saturday as much as he enjoyed running around the field 25 years ago as a player.
Judging from Saturday there's a lot to build for the next few years at Vidalia. And those young players are in good hands with Parnham and his staff.
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