Monday notebook: Vidalia hits new low

Published 12:01 am Monday, October 17, 2011

Marksville High School’s Jake Dunbar gets tackled by Vidalia High School’s Johnny Anderson during their game Friday night in Vidalia. (Eric Shelton \ The Natchez Democrat)

VIDALIA — Vidalia High School continued its downward spiral Friday night against Marksville High School, dropping the contest 68-7.

The loss was the worst for the Vikings in at least seven years, as Vidalia yielded 357 yards rushing against Marksville’s Double Wing attack.

The Tigers’ defense was also able to get consistent penetration against Vidalia’s offensive line, despite the Vikings having a clear size advantage to the Marksville defenders. Head coach Gary Parnham said his offensive linemen simply do what was necessary to contain the Tigers’ pass rush.

“We didn’t put forth the effort to block,” Parnham said after the game.

Vidalia (0-7) will host its final home game of the season against Avoyelles High School.

Natchez High School

NATCHEZ — The Bulldogs didn’t fare much better Friday night, losing to a strong Petal High School team 42-14. NHS continued to struggle with its passing game, completing just 5 of 19 passes for 89 yards and throwing three interceptions.

Sixty-seven of those 89 yards came on a fake punt pass from Myron Anderson to Cody Tucker. The Bulldogs’ rushing game tallied 182 yards, but 76 came on a touchdown run by Devonté Jackson.

Outside of those couple of big plays, the Bulldogs had trouble finding a rhythm on offense.

“We have to work on consistency and get our identity on offense,” Reed said. “We have to put the pieces together and get the best group on the field. We just have to finish strong, put (players) in position to make plays.

“We have to figure out what it takes to consistently make plays, because we have a bright future on that side of the ball.”

NHS (6-2) will travel to Hattiesburg next week.

Cathedral High School

The Green Wave offense showed no signs of slowing, even against a ranked opponent on the road Friday.

Cathedral had 455 yards of total offense, including 357 in the air. Quarterback Caleb Upton was 24-for-36 in passing with six touchdown passes and just one interception.

As the Green Wave offense continues to put up video game-like numbers against their competition, head coach Ron Rushing said the extra work his players put in is paying dividends.

“We have some great athletes,” Rushing said. “Caleb spreads the ball around, and they put a lot of time in. After practice, they throw 30 to 45 minutes. They’re smart, and they execute well.”

Cathedral (8-0) will host Dexter High School Friday.