Vidalia’s impressive first quarter not enough to hold off Ferriday

Published 1:34 am Saturday, September 15, 2007

By Tance hughes

The Natchez Democrat

vidalia — It was yet another close one between Ferriday and Vidalia.

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The Ferriday Trojans (3-0) defeated Vidalia (1-2) for the third straight time, 18-16 in a close match-up between the rivals.

Vidalia came out strong, scoring two touchdowns in the first quarter to jump out to a 16-0 lead.

But that would be the only scoring for the Vikings.

“We had the game wrapped up, we just couldn’t finish it off,” Vidalia coach Dee Faircloth said.

Vidalia struck first with 7:55 to go in the first quarter on a Kevin Johnson touchdown run.

The Vikings then scored with 1:57 to go in the first quarter on a pass from Brandon Hawkins to Jeremy Randall.

Both times the Vikings went for and got the two point conversion.

After that, it was all Ferriday.

The Trojans first score came on a touchdown run by quarterback Kendrick Harris with 10:11 to go in the second quarter.

Ferriday would put up their last score on another touchdown run by Kendrick Harris with 10:05 to go in the fourth quarter.

The Trojans failed on all three attempts for a two point conversion.

“In the first half, Vidalia had us at bay, we didn’t know where we were going,” head coach Freddie Harrison said.

“There was nothing about the Vidalia defense that bothered us,”

Ferriday halfback Matthew Smith said they just found ways to win.

“This being my senior year it feels good to come out on top over Vidalia,” Smith said.

Vidalia senior Trey Barnes said the Vikings just lost focus.

“We need to learn how to play four quarters,” Barnes said.

Vidalia travels to Mangham next week while Ferriday travels to Jena.