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Vidalia jamboree kicks off Saturday

VIDALIA — High school football won’t officially start until next week in Louisiana, but Saturday’s Vidalia High School jamboree will offer a preview of the season for several local teams.

Vidalia, Ferriday and Block high schools are all slated to compete Saturday, with Vidalia and Block squaring off in Game 1 at 6:30. Ferriday and Block will play immediately afterward, and the jamboree will conclude with a matchup between Ferriday and Vidalia.

Each matchup will consist of one 15-minute “quarter,” and Vidalia head coach Gary Parnham Jr. said he would use the two quarters to evaluate where his team stands.

tions as you can get without it being a (regular-season) game,” Parnham said. “I’m looking for us to be aggressive. We didn’t seem to be aggressive versus LaSalle in our scrimmage with them last week. We had missed assignments and rookie mistakes, and we want to play with a mean streak and correct those.”

Ferriday head coach Cleothis Cummings said he too would like to clean up a few things as his team uses the jamboree to prepare for the upcoming season.

“We just came in this week with a focused mindset, and so far the kids’ attitudes have been great,” Cummings said. “We want to make progress.”

Block head coach Benny Vault Jr. said he would try to experiment with a few things on offense at the jamboree, and he’s looking forward to squaring off against two area rivals.

“Everyone’s excited,” Vault said. “It gives people a chance to come get a preseason look and try to gauge where their team is compared to the others.”

Parnham said the Vidalia jamboree has been a staple in the community for years, dating back before he was even a player at Vidalia in the 1980s.

“It’s well-known around here,” Parnham said. “We have some intriguing matchups that should make for some interesting quarters.”