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|Parnham era begins at Vidalia|
First-year Vidalia High head football coach Gary Paul Parnham participated in the playoffs year in and year out in the mid-1980s.
He's hoping to bring that experience to his seniors as the Vikings look to break a five-year streak of not making it to the postseason.
"One key will be if we get after people the whole game," Parnham said. "We'll play well one quarter or half and be totally different the remainder of the game."
Parnham replaces Dee Faircloth, who spent 40 years as head coach at Vidalia.
"At the first practice it was something new, but everything has settled in," Parnham said. "We've re-structured a lot. Everything is just about new to them and to us as a coaching staff. Everybody has adjusted well and the kids seem excited. They have been working hard."
Parnham graduated from Vidalia High in 1987 after outstanding careers in football and baseball.
He brought back the Blue-White Spring Football Game and also had his team participate in several 7-on7 contests.
"I think it really helped us as far as the transition is concerned," Parnham said.
Senior Caleb Vines (6-1, 180) returns at quarterback after passing for 916 yards last year.
"This is Caleb's third year to start so he is a veteran," Parnham said
Senior Dee Fleming and junior Jamal Davis will handle the ball-carrying duties.
"They both run the ball real well," Parnham said. "Our skilled guys are talented."
Senior Tri McCoy will be in the slot.
"Tri is our speed guy," Parnham said.
Cody White (5-10, 200) and Heath White (5-9, 200) will be at the fullback positions.
Trashon Mays, Sessions Vestal and Aaron Willis will serve as back-ups in the backfield.
Senior D.J. Polk (6-2, 285) returns at center, senior Walter Jones is at left tackle, senior Caleb Holland (5-5, 225) is at left guard, Dejuan Fleming (6-1, 280) holds down right guard and Alvin Bell (6-3, 250) will be at right tackle.
Chris Temple, Devin Barnes, JoJo Vinson and Heath White will see time in the line.
Senior Reggie Reynolds is at tight end, while Jamon Duson is at wide reciever.
The defensive front consists of Polk, Jones, Bell and Reynolds.
"We feel real comfortable with that group," Parnham said.
Linebackers are Cody White, Heath White and Vines.
The defensive secondary has Davis, Duson, Fleming and McCoy, along with Jarrius Clay and freshman Michael Whitley.
Others seeing action on defense are Corey Williams, Brandon Warshaw and Tucker Bruce.
"Nothing is set in stone right now," Parnham said,
Josh Fauvre will handle point-after kicks,
Polk and Davis are being tried at kicking off and punting.
"One big thing to look for is depth," Parnham said. "We have a lot of kids going both ways. We need to find guys to give them rest."
Vdalia competes in District 3-3A with Marksville, Buckeye, Bunkie, Jena and Bolton.
"We run the gauntlet in our first three games and then our district looks tougher this year," Parnham said. "The thing I want to see is when we first face adversity, how we will handle it. What concerns me, is how we react after a loss. It's going to be on the coaching staff to get these kids to bounce back when they have some kind of diversity."
Vidalia hosts its annual jamboree Saturday at 6 p.m. with Block facing Delhi Charter, Madison Parish going against Tensas Parish and Vidalia facing Ferriday in the final two quarters o the night.
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