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Local teams take in rivalry games

FERRIDAY — The Ferriday High School gym exploded Friday night when Brandon Scott threw down a two-handed dunk to put an exclamation point on an 8-point Trojan win.

The victory moved Ferriday to 3-3 on the season, but Friday’s win over Vidalia High School meant just a little bit more than a tally in the win column.

“Of course we want to win when we’re playing Vidalia,” Ferriday head coach K.G. Watkins said. “This one is big, because it’s kind of a parish rivalry. They are right down the road, and Vidalia played a heck of a game (Friday). Our last two games have been big. We beat Block last week, and then (the Vidalia) game.”

Vidalia head coach Robert Sanders said his players wanted to win the rivalry game and get some bragging rights.

Ferriday High School’s Marlon Jackson goes up for a shot against Vidalia High School defenders during Friday’s game. Ferriday defeated Vidalia, 64-56. (Lauren Wood \ The Natchez Democrat)

“It’s a very big thing for (the players),” he said. “They all know each other, and they will talk about it on Twitter and things like that.”

The crowd was electric throughout both the boys and girls games, and Ferriday girls’ coach Lisa Abron said it got real loud at the end of the Lady Trojans 53-50 loss to the Lady Vikings.

“It’s wonderful to see the parents and supporters come together for both Ferriday and Vidalia,” Abron said.

The rivalry games continued Saturday when Adams County Christian School hosted Cathedral School.

ACCS dominated both contests, and boys’ head coach Richie Spears said it was nice to get a win against Cathedral.

“It’s always good to play against people you know,” he said. “Right now we will take any win we can get, but it’s huge to get one against Cathedral.”

The 54-29 win put ACCS at 2-7 on the season.

Cathedral head coach Peter Arnold said he too likes the friendly rivalry between the two schools.

“It’s good for everybody,” Arnold said. “Nobody has to travel, and we are all five minutes from home. There is no animosity between the two teams. They were just better than us today.”

The loss dropped Cathedral to 4-5 on the year.