Concordia rivals share respect on the court

Published 12:00 am Thursday, March 29, 2001

Fans of the Vidalia Vikings and Ferriday Trojans were treated to six outstanding basketball games between the two rivals this season. Two of the biggest reasons were Vidalia’s Jarvis Vaughn and Ferriday’s Jason Scott. The Concordia Parish duo was honored for their accomplishments on the court on Tuesday when each was named to the Louisiana 2A All-State team.

Scott was named to the first team, while Vaughn garnered second-team status.

&uot;They are very similar players,&uot; Vidalia head coach Robert Sanders said. &uot;Both can play inside or out, they are the same height (6-4) and both are great athletes.&uot;

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The similarities don’t end there.

Each player helped his team to more than 20 wins while scoring better than 25 points per game.

&uot;Those two (Scott and Vaughn) are just great competitors,&uot; Ferriday head coach James Davis said. &uot;They will get after you, and they always leave it all on the court. I think they certainly respect each other.&uot;

Although their statistics were similar, and their teams evenly split the six head-to-head meetings, Scott was given the nod over Vaughn on the All-State list because of how his team finished the year – in the Top 28 Tournament in the CajunDome.

The Trojans closed the year with a 23-12 mark and advanced to the state semifinals for the first time since winning the state title in 1989.

&uot;To be honest, I thought prior to the start of the season that we would have a good year,&uot; Davis said. &uot;I knew if we played consistently, then we had a chance to do something special.

&uot;Jason was certainly a big part of our season. He really did it all for us. He was our best scorer, he banged the glass, and he played hard on defense. If he continues to work and improve his defense, he will be a good player on the college level.&uot;

According to Davis, his senior star is hearing from coaches at LSU, Louisiana Tech and Louisiana-Monroe.

&uot;He needs to score one more point on the ACT to be eligible next year,&uot; Davis said.

Like Scott, Vaughn is being contacted by several college coaching staffs, and he also needs a slightly better showing on the ACT to be eligible next year.

&uot;His core is fine, he just needs a little better score on his ACT,&uot; Sanders said.

If Vaughn can get the score he needs on the test, he will have a wide variety of programs to choose from.

&uot;He’s getting calls from Iowa State, ULM, Grambling, Houston, Texas Tech and Kentucky,&uot; Sanders said. &uot;We will really miss his leadership and passion for the game. The two guys we will be looking to lead us next year are not currently showing those same traits.&uot;