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|Football practice starts Aug. 9|
Vidalia High and Ferriday High will hit the practice field Aug. 9 on the first day allowed to practice by the Louisiana High School Athletic Association.
"We gave our guys this week off to get their legs back under them," said Vidalia High head football coach Gary Paul Parnham, who will be in his first year as head coach. "We'll continue our conditioning next week and get in some chalk talk."
Parnham had his team compete in 7-on-7 competitions at Natchez High and Cathedral over the summer.
"That helped us tremendously," Parnham said. "It also helped because we are putting in a new offense. It was very beneficial to our players. It's something we're going to continue to do."
Parnham said he will practice at 6 p.m. to avoid the hottest part of the day.
"But we spent a lot of time in the heat during the summer, so they should be ready for it," Parnham said. "Everybody is excited and ready to go."
Chad Harkins is making the transition from head coach at Huntington to head coach at Ferriday High.
"Everything has been going real well," Harkins said. "They've welcomed me with open arms and we've embraced each other. We're getting off on the right foot."
Harkins said the first part of practice will stress conditioning.
"We've got to get in shape," he said. "It's going to be hot outside, but it's going to be hot inside that helmet on Friday nights."
Harkins said the fact schools cannot start official practices until Aug. 9 is a hinderance.
"Teachers have to report that day, so we can't have two-a-days, which helped mold so many of us back in my day," he said. "But we're anxious to get going. It's a whole lot different when you put the helmet and pads on."
Ferriday will compete in the Vidalia Jamboree on Aug. 28.
Block will face Delhi Charter in the first game of the jamboree at 6 p.m.
Madison will face Tensas Parish in the second game, followed by Ferriday taking on Vidalia in the final game of the night.
Vidalia opens its season on Sept. 3 at Block, while Ferriday visits Natchez High the same night.
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