Vidalia High closing season at home

Published 12:02 am Friday, November 7, 2014

The Vidalia Vikings (0-9) will finish their season tonight as they host Buckeye (8-1). More importantly, the Vikings will honor this year’s senior class, who head coach Jeff Hancock said have laid the foundation for the future of the program.

“The job they have done is tremendous,” said the first-year head coach of his seniors. “It is not reflective this year, but it will be in the years to come. There are a lot of things behind the scenes that people don’t see, and those seniors get all the credit. They will remember and will be able to come back in years to come.”

Vidalia enters this game off their best scoring output of the year, and Hancock said he is seeing improvement consistently.

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“Each week, our guys are getting better, running and understanding the offense,” Hancock said.

The Vikings will have their hands full with a Buckeye team that comes in on a four-game winning streak.

“I know they are district champs,” Hancock said. “They run the option on offense and are very good at doing it. On defense, they dare you to try to move the ball on you. They give you a couple fronts, and they do them really well.”

Now, with a year under his belt, Hancock will get his first offseason in the program, something he, and his team, are looking forward to.

“We have a lot of kids anxious to see what happens in the offseason,” Hancock said. “We are going to take a few weeks off, then hit the weights. We’ve still got a ways to go in getting involved, but we should be doing 7-on-7’s and camps during the offseason.”

Vidalia’s final game of the season against Buckeye is set for a 7 p.m. kickoff.