Vidalia ready to rally

Published 1:14 am Saturday, October 27, 2007

VIDALIA — They are still alive.

The Vidalia Vikings (4-5, 1-3 District 3-3A) defeated the Avoyelles Mustangs 38-6 at home for their first district win this year.

The win keeps Vidalia in the playoff picture.

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“We’re still in this,” Vidalia coach Dee Faircloth said. “We have a shot.”

The Vikings came out swinging, scoring first with 4:11 to go in the first quarter on a 24 yard run by Lamack Bates.

Vidalia added two points to the total with 2:44 to go in the first quarter when a punt snap went high for Avoyelles and the kicker went out of bounds for a safety.

With 14 seconds to go in the first quarter, a touchdown run by Jeremy Randall combined with a two-point conversion would put the Vikings up 16-0.

In the second quarter with 3:57 to go, fullback Kevin Johnson scored on a 24-yard touchdown run that gave Vidalia a 22-0 lead.

Randall would score again in the third quarter, pushing his way through the line for a 4 yard touchdown run which, after a two-point conversion, made the score 30-0.

The only score of the game for Avoyelles (0-9, 0-4 District 3-3A) came when Demarius Louis ran back a kickoff for a touchdown.

With a 30-6 lead in the fourth quarter, Vidalia would score once more on a 17-yard touchdown pass from Kevin Johnson to Beau Doughty.

Vidalia matched their season high by scoring 38 points.

“We played with intensity tonight,” Doughty said.

“A lot of guys stepped up tonight,” senior Trey Barnes said.

The game was also the last home game this year for Vidalia.

“It felt good to get that last win at home,” senior Jeremy Washington said. “I love these boys.”

Vidalia travels to Bolton next week for a district game, which will also be their season finale.