Vidalia goes for the throat, wins

Published 12:00 am Saturday, November 13, 1999

VIDALIA, La. – Vidalia High head football coach Dee Faircloth had some final words of wisdom for his quarterback Jarrett Hoffpauir as the Vikings left their dressing room prior to the start of Vidalia’s Class 2A first round playoff game against East Beauregard.

&uot;I told Jarrett we were going to go for the throat right off,&uot; Faircloth said.

And that they did.

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After Hoffpauir recovered a Trojan fumble on the East Beauregard 31, the junior quarterback dropped back to pass on first down and lofted a pass over the head of two defenders into the arms of Chris Kennedy who went in for the score.

Hoffpauir passed to Rod Donald on the conversion to give Vidalia an 8-0 less than one minute into the contest.

Vidalia, 10-1, would cruise from there to a 47-14 win.

&uot;I&160;knew they couldn’t hold me,&uot; said Kennedy, who also had an acrobatic 17-yard touchdown catch from Hoffpauir with 17 seconds remaining in the second quarter to give Vidalia a 38-6 halftime advantage. &uot;It was just a matter of me getting by them.&uot;

The Vikings advance to the second round against Christian Life, in a game to be played in Baton Rouge, La., next Friday.

&uot;We studied the film and we felt like we could throw,&uot; Faircloth said. &uot;I’m proud of the way the kids played. This is a big win for us.&uot;

With East Beauregard concentrating on stopping Mays, Vidalia went to the air, as Hoffpauir completed 13 of 21 passes for 233 yards and three TDs.

Mays did score Vidalia’s second touchdown on a 7-yard run. But he just broke the century mark, rushing for 103 yards, with 65 coming on a touchdown run in the second period of play.

&uot;They just thought we could run the ball, they didn’t realize we could throw it,&uot; Mays said. &uot;They were keying on me running it and I was able to get open for passes.&uot;

Mays caught four passes for 56 yards, including a 27-yarder for a touchdown following his 7-yard scoring run.

Hoffpauir had 60 yards rushing, keeping it on the option as the defense converged on Mays.

&uot;They were converging on the fullback and sending somebody after Mays, so&160;I told Jarrett they didn’t respect him,&uot; Faircloth said. &uot;He is an outstanding option quarterback.&uot;

Leren Curry added a 1-yard scoring run and two conversions, while Ryan Boles kicked a 32-yard field goal.

Scott Delomme had both of East Beauregard’s scores, going in from 1 yard out in the second quarter and seven yards out in the final period.

Vidalia’s defense held East Beauregard (6-5) to less than 100 yards in the first half.

Quarterback Josh Pate had thrown for 1,500 coming into the game.

He completed 9 of 26 with one interception by Leslie Small, totaling 125 yards.

&uot;We knew they liked to throw the ball, so we had to get pressure,&uot; said Vidalia senior defensive end Kevin Laird, who had blocked two passes at the line.

East Beauregard coach Mike Maggio said he expected Vidalia to run the ball more.

&uot;They have a good football team,&uot; he said. &uot;They are about the same as Many and Vinton out of our district. I wish them all the luck in the world.&uot;