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What a strange jamboree at Dee Faircloth Viking Stadium, Friday night.
There were times during the Vidalia-Ferriday game where it was so quiet you could hear the grass growing.
By the way, that was Professor Ronald Strahan of the LSU AgCenter in Baton Rouge who was walking out on the field during breaks checking on the grass.
Strahan and local folks have done an incredible job getting the new field ready for the 2011 season.
Maybe some were lulled to sleep by the first game in which Block outscored Tensas Parish 35-0 in the first quarters the clock ran continuously as the Bear second team played the second quarter.
It's hard to judge this Block team against Tensas, which dressed out 18 players, but the Bears appear to be loaded again.
VaShawn Davis is probably one of the best backs in the state most people have never heard of.
Trevor Vault, the son of Block coach Benny Vault Jr., looks much more confident behind center after starting several games last year as a freshman.
As a matter of fact, Trevor walked over to his dad before the kickoff and was telling him what play to run after they received the kickoff.
There were a number of physical and mental mistakes in the Vidalia-Ferriday game, but there were also a number of players between the sidelines for the first time.
The effort was there on both sides.
Richard Jefferson is going to make more plays with his feet than arm at quarterback, but considering this is his first year to play quarterback, the passing game will improve during the season.
Jarvis Brooks will have several 100-yard games this season.
Freshman Trey Hall for Ferriday will make major contributions.
Michael Whitley took several snaps as a freshman at Vidalia last year, and he also will hurt you more with his feet than his arm.
But his scrambling ability led to a big play when he escaped a tackler and fired downfield to Jamale Davis in the end zone.
Davis looked very impressive on both sides of the ball. Sessions Vestal is a threat catching and running the football.
Vidalia had trouble with the snap on a number of occasions, which killed several drives. Once those kinks are worked out, the Vikings will be a much better team this year on offense.
But even with the bright spots, it appeared the fans were expecting maybe a bit too much from two very inexperienced teams. Ferriday fans got excited with a couple of long completions and Vidalia fans came to life after Davis' interception late in the game.
Ferriday fans were vocal, but still seemed to be sitting back and waiting more than typical Trojan fans. Hopefully they are not expecting a well-oiled machine from such a young and inexperienced group. There is a lot of talent, but there's also a lot of untested talent out there.
Maybe it was the warm conditions. Maybe they were mesmerized by the new grass. Maybe everyone was wondering if there would be another fight in or around the stands.
At the end, it was still a very enjoyable night of football between two big rivals.
Hopefully the next time these two teams meet in Dee Faircloth Viking Stadium on Sept. 16, the fans will be more into it.
Hey, if nothing else cheer the grass growing.
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