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It seems only right that Vidalia's first win of the season - and first win over the last 14 games, would come as a result of two defensive plays.
The Viking defense has been impressive most of the season, and came up with back-to-back safeties to lead Vidalia to a 10-7 win over Baker Friday at Dee Faircloth Viking Stadium.
"Our defense has been exceptional all year except for the first half against Bolton," said Vidalia coach Gary Paul Parnham.
The win was the first for Vidalia since defeating Jena 40-28 in the final game of the 2010 season.
"I haven't had this feeling in quite a while," said Vidalia lineman Chris Temple. "This is great. It finally hit me after that second safety that we were going to win. Being my senior year and Homecoming makes it all even better."
"We got the monkey off our back, but we still have a job to do," Parnham said. "It was great to get that win. It's been a different atmosphere around here. But we can't be satisfied with that. We're not changing anything. We are still working hard each day."
Following a 17-yard run by 4 to Vidalia 28,
But Vidalia was stopped on downs at the 26 to end the first quarter.
Baker recovered a fumble at the Vidalia 38-yard line.
Baker quarterback faked a handoff and ran down to the Vidalia 30 where he fumbled and Cole Cangemi fell on the balll. But an inadvertent whistle negated the turnover.
Four plays later, Michael Gossering ran it in from five yards out and added the kick for a 7-0 Baker lead with 5:45 remaining in the first half.
Vidalia moved the ball to the Baker 8-yard line behind the running of Torrey Smith, but Jonterris Townsend was tackled attempting to pass on fourth down as time expired in the first half to end the threat.
Vidalia scored on its first possession of the second half. Two illegal substitutions against Baker aided the Vikings' scoring drive. The Buffaloes had four illegal substitutions in the contest, and a total of 22 penalties for 170 yards in the game.
Smith broke loose on a 15-yard run to the Baker 21.
On fourth-and goal from the Baker 2-yard line, Dee Whitley scored from two yards out with 7:24 remaining. The try for two failed.
Baker faced fourth-and-four at this 42-yard line. Gossering picked up four yards to the Buffalo 46.
But the Viking defense held and took over after a punt at its 26-yard line.
On first down, Smith started to his right, then cut back left and gained 22 yards to the Vidalia 48.
Vidalia faced fourth-and-six at the Baker 18-yard line with 8:44 remaining in the game.
Townsend scrambled to the right, tossed the ball into the end zone where it fell incomplete.
But a roughing the passer penalty gave the Vikings new life at the 9-yard line.
Facing third and goal from the Buffalo 16 after a penalty, Gossering picked off a Townsend pass and returned it all the way for a score. But a block in the back during the return moved the ball back to the Baker 10-yard line.
Following another penalty, Baker faced third-and-15 from its 5-yard line.
Smith raced into the backfield and tackled Baker's Treylon Anderson for a safety with 4:23 remaining to give the Vikings an 8-7 lead.
Vidalia was forced to punt from the Baker 44 with 1:42 remaining.
Marcus Chatman sacked Baker's Dedrick Gourrier at the Baker 1-yard line.
Following two incompletions, Dantrell Saul sacked Gourrier in his own end zone with 1:03 to play to improve the Vidalia lead to 10-7.
"We are just very green," said Baker head coach Richard Oliver, who was head coach at Ferriday last year. "We just need to work through this. We need to get some kids in here who can help us out from the middle school and start over."
Baker kicked the ball deep and Vidalia ran out the clock for the win.
"It was good to finally get a win after getting so close every week," said junior quarterback/linebacker Stewart Mallory. "I think now that we got over that hump there will be many more wins to come. We just have to keep working hard at practice and on Friday."
Vidalia hosts Jena Friday to kick off its District 3-3A schedule. Jena brings a 4-1 record to Vidalia.
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