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Block Bears top Vidalia

JONESVILLE — Vidalia High School and Block High School decided to do all of their scoring in the first half.

But the Bears managed just a few more points than the Vikings as Block won both teams’ season opener 24-6.

After scoring the first touchdown of the game, Vidalia was unable to take advantage of two appearances inside the Block 5-yard line, and the Bears went on to score 24 unanswered points.

“We just made too many mistakes,” Vidalia head coach Gary Parnham Jr. said. “We got inside the 5 two times and didn’t come away with any points. We fumbled a snap on a punt to give them the ball on (our) 5. Our kids played hard. The score didn’t tell you how close it was.”

Bears head coach Benny Vault Jr. said he was glad to get the first game out of the way after multiple players had cramping issues.

“I think we started off a little slow, but at the end of the first quarter, we kicked in and played well for a while,” Vault said. “We were dealing with a lot of cramps and fatigue, but overall I think we did OK. We have to lot of work to do.”

Vidalia put six on the board with 3:03 left in the first quarter when Trashone Mayes scored on a 15-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Michael Whitley.

Block responded with 1:27 left in the first when Dorian Bowman had a 55-yard touchdown reception. Williams Cummings ran in the two-point conversion, giving Block an 8-6 lead after one.

In the second quarter, Cummings scored his first touchdown on a 7-yard run with 11:10 left, and Ken Colbert ran in the two-point conversion. With 3:35 to go before the half, Colbert scored a touchdown on a 1-yard run.

With only two days of practice, some might have expected Vidalia to be rusty, but Parnham said he wasn’t going to hear any of that talk.

“I’m not going to use that as an excuse,” Parnham said. “We have to suck it up and make due with what we’ve got. You have no control over it, but you have to get it done.”

Trevor Vault was 3-for-5 with 67 yards and a touchdown for the Bears at quarterback. Mario Bowman led Block with 53 rushing yards.

Despite the loss, Parnham said he was pleased with the effort shown by his players.

“The defense played really well,” Parnham said. “We had a lot of fight in us, and that’s something we can build off of. We’re going to get better, because we’re going to work our butts off.”

Vidalia (0-1) will play at Delhi Charter Friday. Block (1-0) will travel to Ferriday High School.