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There have been a lot of classic contests between Vidalia High and Winnsboro.
Before Winnsboro became Franklin Parish High, Winnsboro and Vidalia found themselves playing every year, many in district contests.
"That was always a big game," said former Vidalia High quarterback Josh Hoffpauir. "And they were very good that year."
In 1994, Vidalia defeated Winnsboro 6-0, shutting down heralded Wildcat running back Antwan Holmes, holding him to 30 yards
"That was a slobberknocker," said former Vidalia coach Dee Faircloth. "They had so much talent. Our kids did a good job against them."
Vidalia took the opening kickoff and drove 67 yards on 15 plays as Hoffpauir went in from one yard out.
Vidalia stopped Winnsboro on the Viking 21-yard line in the fourth quarter and Vidalia running back Brian Bradford, who moved to tailback after Prentis Jenkins and David Hueing went down with cramps, rushed for 41 yards in a drive that ate upo more than six minutes in the fourth quarter before Winnsboro's final possession.
"'Booger kept coming over to may sideline and one time he said, 'Coach, why don't you run my way?' I told him, 'We aren't running your way.' He really wasn't a factor in that game."
"That is a season and game I will never forget," Jenkins said. "That had to be one of the toughest districts in the state. The field was wet., Coach told us it was going to be a tough game. But we was playing at home so we felt we could win. McFarland and that defense was tough. We managed to get a score then our defense, lead by David Hueing, one of the best linebackers n the state, held Holmes and their strong running game in check. We stopped then to end the game."
Faircloth remembers one particular play involving Bradford in that game.
"'Booger' moved down the line of scrimmage and Bradford carried the ball and the met at the line of scrimmage," Faircloth said. "It was one of the loudest collisions I have ever heard. It was like a bomb going off. I looked out there and Bradford popped up and bounced back into the huddle and 'Booger" got up a little wobbly. He looked over at me and went. 'Wooo, y'all got me then.'"
Winnsboro would get revenge in the second round of the playoffs, beating Vidalia 14-6.
"The second time they raked us over the coals," Faircloth said. "They put 'Booger' over my 160-pound center and covered our guards where we could not double team him. We made an All-American out of him that game. I think he owes me some of the money he made in the pros from that contest."
"I remember seeing film clips of McFarland when he signed with LSU and they seemed to be all of him chasing me and getting a sack," Hoffpauir said.
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