Ferriday, Vidalia coaches learn more about teams during rivalry game

Published 12:00 am Friday, November 10, 2006

FERRIDAY &8212; Both coaches in Friday night&8217;s Ferriday-Vidalia game came out learning something about his team.

For Ferriday head coach James McFarland, he learned his team had a can-do attitude.

&8220;I give a lot of credit to Vidalia,&8221; he said. &8220;They played hard. Our defense came out and played well. They stood tough. All you can ask is that they don&8217;t quit, and they did that.

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&8220;Offensively, we made plays when we had to.&8221;

Vidalia head coach Dee Faircloth learned he has something to look forward to with his team.

&8220;I think we made a surge at the end of the year,&8221; Faircloth said. &8220;We had a tough schedule. We didn&8217;t have any light ones. We knew it was going to be tough getting to the playoffs. We were starting a rookie defensive lineman and a ninth grader at tackle. I&8217;m proud of the way this team played tonight, and I think we&8217;re going to be a lot better next year.&8221;

Ferriday will host University Lab in the first round of the playoffs this Friday.

Reed looks for underclassmen to step up

Following Natchez High&8217;s loss to Hattiesburg, which eliminated the Bulldogs from the playoffs, head coach Lance Reed said he was looking for his sophomores and juniors to take on the leadership role he had had in this year&8217;s senior class.

&8220;We have a goal of building a program and getting the ones we have coming back to work as hard as this group,&8221; Reed said. &8220;We want to keep what we&8217;ve gotten as far as work ethic, and we want to get some more wins. (Our underclassmen) have a goal to work as hard as this group.&8221;

Reed said this year&8217;s senior class would be missed.

&8220;They were a great group of kids,&8221; he said. &8220;They did a lot for this program.&8221;