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Orgeron takes in Ferriday game
from The Concordia Sentinel
November 1, 2017 -

Conditions not even meant for penguins.

Coming off a very impressive 48-0 beatdown of Mangham.

The final regular season home game.

There was every reason for Ferriday High not to be motivated for its Friday contest with Delhi Charter.

And then LSU head football coach Ed Orgeron shows up to check out Trojan commitments Dare Rosenthal and Dantrieze Scott, as well as other Ferriday players.

“If that would have been me playing, I would have been jumping for joy,” said Ferriday High head coach Stanley Smith. “And it was a big deal and had our guys excited. But I don’t know if they understand the whole grasp of that opportunity and how special that is. I think a lot of that has to do with the Internet an how everything is now just about pushing a button.”

Orgeron flew to Haynesville High earlier since LSU had an open date to get a commitment from Haynesville defensive tackle Joseph Evans for the class of 2019. The Tigers are accepting the 6-foot-1 and 300-pound junior’s commitment as a defensive tackle.

Orgeron flew into Natchez and rented a car. He then went to Wal-Mart in Vidalia and Budget Build in Ferriday looking for a slicker suit. He arrived at Ferriday’s game just before kickoff.

Ferriday started slow (who didn’t in those conditions). But once the Trojans got rolling it was Katie bar the door. Or Trojans bar the door.

While Ferriday handled the conditions well, it was the worst thing to happen to Vidalia.

Mangham’s power, grinding offense took a half to adjust to the conditions, but once it did the Dragons looked like a Nick Saban team in the second half.

Meanwhile, Vidalia’s offense was made one-dimensional. The Viking passing game has been a key to Vidalia’s success this season.

But both teams had to play in it, and it’s late October and November.

You have to adapt. And Mangham did.

Delta Charter faced tough odds against Cedar Creek, the No. 1 team in Division IV.

Any chance the Storm had against the Cougars would be using its speed and passing game.

But the storm itself Friday negated a good portion of that.

So now we have three very important games Friday to finish the regular season.

Vidalia travels to Delhi Charter in its finale.

These two teams have not met since their game since 2014 when the game was stopped by lightning and had to be resumed the next day. The game was tied at 6-6 when play was stopped. The Gators outscored the Vikings 22-6 the next day for the win.

Hopefully things go as planned for all three parish teams this week.

The playoff rankings come out November 5. It should be quite a day for Concordia Parish.

Or as Stanley Smith put it so well.

“Football is back to football around here.”


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