Viking, Trojan fans enjoy latest rivalry

Published 12:00 am Saturday, November 6, 1999

While the Vidalia and Fe110699rriday teams traded blows on the gridiron, fans were cautiously optimistic about their team’s chances in the upcoming high school playoffs.

The capacity crowd filled the every seat in the stadium and wrapped around the south end zone.

This afforded Adrian Broadus the opportunity to taunt the Ferriday team after each Viking score.

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&uot;I think Vidalia will make it to the second round but not the state title,&uot; Broadus said. &uot;They have a good defense and excellent offense but they are too small. They will run up against some big teams in the playoffs. I mainly want to see if Dariel Mays gets 2,000 yards for the season.&uot;

Mays had 144 yards in the game to finish the regular season with 2,014 yards.

Archie Williams watched the game in from the end zone with his daughter Akisha&160;Thompson sitting on his shoulder.

&uot;I like to see these two teams play each other,&uot; he said. &uot;They seem to take it to another level when these two teams compete.&uot;

After Vidalia scored its second touchdown, optimism started to wane on the Ferriday sideline.

&uot;I think we will be one and out,&uot; Cynthia Platt said. &uot;I don’t see us making it past the first round.&uot;

Platt doesn’t see the possibility of a second meeting of Vidalia and Ferriday in the second week of the playoffs. &uot;It is just simple. They will not make it past the first round,&uot; Platt said.

Former Viking Jim Golmon thinks Vidalia has the makings of a special season. Golmon played from the offensive guard and defensive end for the Vikings during the 1995-1998 season.

&uot;I think they can make it to the Superdome and play for the state title,&uot; Golmon said. &uot;This is the best team Vidalia has had in years. They have always had good athletes but they seemed to have put everything together this year.&uot;

With Vidalia’s 16-0 victory, fans like Golmon went home happy, while the Trojans had a short, but long bus ride home.