Vikings chew up Bulldogs

Published 12:00 am Sunday, September 5, 1999

Vidalia hit the Franklin County Bulldogs with as many weapons as they could handle Friday in Vikings’ 43-16 victory.

Dariel Mays got the Vikings on the right track early, with a 25-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. Mays also added the two point conversion to make the score 8-0 Vikings.

Vidalia head coach Dee Faircloth said the key to the Vikings’ running success was good play by the offensive line.

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&uot;We give all the credit to our offensive line for doing such a good job,&uot; Faircloth said. &uot;That was the deciding factor and that is how we won the ball game.&uot;

In response to the Vikings early score, the Bulldogs took over on the next possession and put together a nice drive of their own.

Marcus Briggs hit Shirmon McNair streaking down the middle of the field for a 46-yard strike for six to bring the score to 8-6 Vidalia. The two point conversion was good for a 8-8 score.

Mays then guided the Vikings down the field with his break away speed and silky smooth moves. From the 3-yard line Leren Curry banged his way into the end zone leaving the score Vidalia 14-8. The two point conversion failed.

A fumble by Bulldog quarterback on the next possession gave the Vikings the ball right back.

From there it was the Dariel Mays show again. From 26 yards out Mays took the ball down to the two yard line. Mays finished with the game with 143 yards on the ground.

On the next play he then bulled his way into the end zone to make the score 20-8.

The two point conversion by Jarred Hoffpauir to Rod Donald was good to make the score 22-8.

After a 15 yard punt by the Bulldogs, the Vikings took over on the 36 yard line.

From there Hoffpauir hit Chris Kennedy from 13 yards out to make the score 28-8 Vidalia. The two point conversion failed.

Rod Donald then took up the slack by churning out small yardage until he eased his way into the end zone. After the PAT, the score 35-8.

Leslie Small would score one more time for the Vikings to round out the scoring by the home team.

Tommy Smith of the Bulldogs ended the scoring when he bounced outside of would be tacklers for 18 yards and a touchdown. Vidalia plays on the road at Newellton next week as Franklin County hosts Brookhaven.