Vidalia, Ferriday square off in Vidalia jamboree
VIDALIA — Vidalia and Ferriday will meet each other in the third week of the regular season, but fans got a little preview of the contest Saturday night at the Vidalia jamboree.
The two teams faced each other in the third and final game of the night, and Ferriday came away with a 27-14 victory.
In the first game of the jamboree, Block defeated Delhi Charter 20-13 and in the second game, Madison defeated Tensas Parish 16-0.
Vidalia head coach Gary Parnham Jr. hopes that the regular season meeting turns out better than the jamboree contest between the two rivals did.
“We’ve got a lot of room for improvement,” Parnham said. “I was disappointed in how we started the game. We didn’t come out with the intensity we should have. We’ve got a lot to accomplish next week in practice.”
The game consisted of two 12-minute halves, and Ferriday completely dominated the first half.
The Trojans scored touchdowns on all three of their possessions and held Vidalia to negative yardage on each of the Vikings’ four possessions.
“I thought we came out well and played very hard the first half,” Ferriday head coach Chad Harkins said. “I was proud of the way we came out in the beginning of the game.”
Ferriday opened the scoring with a one-yard touchdown run by quarterback Zu’ranie Thompson.
They then scored on their next possession when wide receiver Alfred Brown out-jumped two Vidalia defenders and came down with a 44-yard touchdown reception.
The Trojans got their third touchdown of the half on a Marques Lewis two-yard run.
Vidalia did finally get some positive yardage in the second half, as quarterback Caleb Vines found Tri McCoy for a 38-yard pass completion down the sideline to the 1-yard line.
Vines snuck it in for a touchdown on the next play and Joshua Fauver added the first of two extra points.
Ferriday quickly struck back as Thompson scored on a 9-yard run and Devante Scott added the extra point.
Vidalia scored the game’s final touchdown three possessions later when Vines hit Jamale Davis for a 48-yard touchdown pass.
While Harkins was pleased with the effort his team put out in the first half, he wasn’t too happy with the second 12-minute period.
“After we got the big lead, it’s like the guys got satisfied and pulled off,” Harkins said. “We’ve got to finish games. We’ve got the ability to shut people out and put up a lot of points, but we’ve got to play four quarters. That’s what we’ve got to do.”