Vikings fall to Avoyelles

Published 12:47 am Saturday, October 25, 2014

vidalia — Vidalia head coach Jeff Hancock admitted that losing 64-12 is not the most enjoyable way to spend a Friday night, but watching the future of his program shine in spots isn’t the worst way to spend one either.

“Obviously, nobody wants to lose like that, but our guys are getting better up front, and young guys are making plays,” Hancock said. “I say this all the time, but we’re getting better.”

The offensive product Hancock put on the field to play Avoyelles was completely different than the one he put on the field in September, as Hancock’s Vikings passed nearly as much as they ran the ball, and Hancock liked what he saw. Senior quarterback Landon Seyfarth threw two touchdown passes in the loss, which is a long way from handing the ball off in a double-wing formation two months prior.

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“Landon played phenomenally,” Hancock said. “He made some nice throws, and you really have to consider the fact that this kid didn’t play since little league. He gets overlooked because people only look at scores, but he’s a very good kid.”

Hancock said the Vikings were able to move the ball, but failed to produce scoring drives in the red zone. Sophomore Antione Taylor and junior Curtis McNulty caught the touchdown passes from Seyfarth, but another young player caught Hancock’s eye in the Vikings’ loss. Freshman Isaiah Pullins is emerging as another offensive weapon for the Vikings.

“I think he’s going to be a great running back,” Hancock said. “Him, Antione, Julian (Wilson), we’ve got a lot of young players getting playing time.”

Avoyelles, who kicks onside kicks and never punts, failed to recover an onside kick against Vidalia, which was another positive Hancock took from the loss.

With the loss, Vidalia is now 0-8 on the season.