Vidalia looks to get back on track

Published 12:00 am Thursday, October 2, 2008

VIDALIA — Coming off a stunning 46-0 loss to the Mangham Dragons, the Vidalia Vikings will seek to take a win this week as they travel to Jena to take on the Jena Giants.

Vidalia (1-2) was riding high two weeks ago, after taking a win over rival Ferriday, and completely overlooked Mangham on homecoming week.

The Dragons outscored Vidalia 40-0 in the first half and never looked back.

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“Our mind was on the homecoming festivities,” Vidalia head coach Dee Faircloth said. “We have to get our heads in the game this week.”

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It definitely looked like a different team last Friday, as the Vikings couldn’t find a rhythm on offense or defense.

Vidalia gave up 393 yards of total offense last week, and quarterback Caleb Vines completed only two of his 14 pass attempts in the loss to Mangham.

The Vikings will need some help from Vines and running back Kevin Johnson, who usually provides a good amount of yards for Vidalia.

“After the Ferriday game, our guys thought they didn’t have to work hard anymore,” Faircloth said. “They just thought they could come out and get a win.”

Faircloth said the Vikings are trying to get healthy and ready for Jena this week.

“I’m looking for everyone to have a better game this week,” Faircloth said. “We have a good team.”

Vidalia defeated Jena 32-6 last year, but Faircloth noted that they can’t ignore the Giants.

“They have some great players, especially their running back,” Faircloth said. “Jena has a great ball club.”

Jena is coming off of a 15-12 loss at Ferriday last week, a team the Vikings narrowly defeated 24-20 two weeks ago.