Time runs out on Vidalia Vikings

Published 12:00 am Saturday, September 16, 2000

VIDALIA, La. — Vidalia head coach Dee Faircloth said Friday night’s game against Winnsboro would be a &uot;slobberknocker.&uot; It was.

At the half, the score was tied 0-0.

And when all the time ran off the clock at the end of the game, there were still all zeros on the scoreboard.

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The Winnsboro Wildcats had a chance to win at the end of the game after Mitch Cooper completed a 30-yard pass to Montreal Miller at the Viking 10-yard line.

But the Wildcats could not get the play off in time, and the game ended.

In the tie breaker, each team got the ball on the 10-yard line, unfamiliar territory for both teams as neither team was able to push the ball inside the 10-yard line during regulation.

Vidalia got the ball first and failed to score — an unsportsmanlike penalty cost them 15 yards and precious field position.

Winnsboro scored on their third play when Cooper snuck across the goal line from the 1-yard line. The scoreboard showed 6-0 Winnsboro and the game was over.

&uot;I said it would be a slobberknocker,&uot; Faircloth said. &uot;Our kids played their hearts out.&uot;

Faircloth said his defense was the key to keeping the game close, but Winnsboro’s defense was the key to their win.

&uot;They have a tough, big defense,&uot; Faircloth said. &uot;Their front line is as tough as anybody.&uot;

Defense was the name of the game Friday night.

Winnsboro held Vidalia to 178 yards total offense and Vidalia’s defense allowed only 292 yards.

Vidalia had nine first downs and Winnsboro only had 12 first downs.

For Vidalia Jarrett Hoffpauir was 7-9 passing for 62 yards. T.J. Banks carried the ball 24 times for 81 yards and Josh Bush had three receptions for 54 yards.

For Winnsboro, Mitch Cooper was 6-11 passing for 119 yards.

Jacob Thomas carried the ball 24 times for 115 yards and Derrick Martin caught three passes for 35 yards.