Vidalia pulls out an 8-0 homecoming victory in a defensive battle with Rayville

Published 12:11 am Saturday, September 29, 2018

VIDALIA — Very little offense was seen Friday night when the Vidalia High School Vikings played host to the Rayville High School Hornets for homecoming in an LHSAA District 2-2A game.

Tristan Weatherly threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Jared Simpson and his 2-point conversion pass to Cam’ron Randall nearly midway through the second quarter were the only points scored as Vidalia defeated Rayville 8-0.

“That was a defensive slobberknocker,” Viking head coach Dee Faircloth said. “They were a tough football team. A lot of hitting going on on both sides. It was hard sledding tonight.”

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Vidalia could have easily put the game out of reach, but once it got into the red zone, Rayville’s defense buckled down and kept the Vikings out of the end zone on numerous occasions.

“We were in the red zone four or five times and did not score,” Faircloth said. “That was a defensive football game. Our longest run was 18 yards. Their longest run was 12 yards.”

Weatherly completed 11 of 23 passes for 90 yards with the one touchdown and no interceptions.

For the second week in a row, Vidalia’s defense pitched a shutout. The Vikings’ defense held the Hornets (0-5, 0-2) to just two first downs, 33 rushing yards, and 51 passing yards.

James Powell Jr., who threw six touchdown passes in last year’s match-up, was held to 10-for-21 passing and no scores.

“That’s two games in a row that our defense was lights out,” Faircloth said. “I was proud of the effort of our kids. That was a good win for our kids.”

Vidalia (4-1, 2-0) travels to Lake Providence, La. to take on General Trass High School Friday at 7 p.m.