Vikings grant coach’s wish for win

Published 12:00 am Saturday, September 9, 2000

FERRIDAY, La. — After only scoring one touchdown in last week’s game, Vidalia Viking head coach Dee Faircloth said he hoped his offense would improve.

His hopes were answered Friday night in a six-touchdown performance that gave the Vikings a 38-28 win over the Newellton Bears.

&uot;The offense did a lot better,&uot; Faircloth said. &uot;We did a better job blocking.&uot;

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Although the game ended with a Viking win, Faircloth said there is room for improvement.

&uot;We have got a lot of work to do,&uot; Faircloth said. &uot;We are going to spend some time next week learning pass defense.&uot;

The game swung in Vidalia’s favor when, on consecutive series in the third quarter, the Bears’ long snapper snapped the ball over the punter’s head. Both mishandled snaps resulted in Viking touchdowns.

The first came on a four-play, 15-yard drive ending in a one-yard touchdown run from Viking quarterback Jarrett Hoffpauir.

Banks led the way rushing for the Vikings, carrying the ball 17 times for 86 yards. Jim Bob Hancock carried the ball 6 times for 63 yards, but was slowed by cramps in the second half.

Hoffpauir was 5-for-7 passing for 42 yards and he carried the ball eight times for 22 yards.

For the Bears, Clark was 6-for-11 passing for 84 yards.

Bear fullback John Petty rushed the ball 10 times for 44 yards. Johnson led the receiving corps with two catches for 63 yards.