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This is the 19th in a 30-part series on the top football games played in Concordia Parish.
The Vidalia Vikings were undefeated when Jena came to town on Oct. 23, 2003 and found themselves battling adversity late in the game.
Jena led Vidalia 40-22 with 2:26 remaining in the third quarter.
"We were trailing by three touchdowns in the fourth quarter and came back to win that ballgame," Faircloth said. "That was one of the most dangdest things I'd ever seen. That was incredible and it kept us unbeaten. I never saw a team come back from that far down in the fourth quarter."
After a 70-yard touchdown pass from Tony Hawkins to C.J. Williams, the Vikings took a 44-40 lead with 3:28 left remaining in the game. But even more craziness ensued as Jena struck back with a 45-yard touchdown pass from Adam Jones to Rafeal Dangerfield with 2:08 remaining to give the Giants a 48-44 advantage.
"I said, 'Geaw, we've come back this far, and we give up a touchdown on one play,'" Faircloth said. "Then we got the ball back, and here we go. Tony Hawkins put on a clinic running and throwing the ball."
"The Jena game was like 'Wow,'" said Vidalia senior Matt Hinson. "What it boiled down to is that both teams made mistakes, but instead of just getting 15 or 20 yard plays on mistakes, both of us where getting touchdowns. We really didn't step up our game till the second half."
Hawkins scored on a 10-yard run with 1:05 left remaining in the game, and Vidalia won 50-46.
"That's the wildest game I've ever been involved in," Hawkins told the Concordia Sentinel after the game.
"We sort of had a calm feeling and felt all year that no matter what happened, we knew we were going to win the game, especially against Jena," said Vidalia junior Brett Hinson.
Faircloth was laughing about the score and said "what a basketball game."
"That was one of the most satisfying games I ever coached in," Fairlcoth said. "The kids could have folded, but Tony would not let them. He did a heckuva job."
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