Vidalia (2-1) at Beekman (1-2), Friday, 7 p.m.
Aiming to get back into the win column, the Beekman Tigers face off against the Vidalia Vikings in the District 2-2A opener for both teams Friday night. Kickoff time is 7 p.m.
Vidalia brings a 2-1 worksheet into the contest. The Concordia Parish crew has posted wins over Sicily Island (34-7) and Homer (15-14) sandwiched around a 40-27 Week 2 loss to Delhi.
Kerryon Swift's interception at the 5-yardline in the waning seconds preserved the Vikings' victory over Homer last week.
Dee Faircloth, the dean of Louisiana's high school coaches, is in the second year of his second go-round as the Vikings' head coach. Originally hired at Vidalia in 1969, Faircloth resigned in 2009 while undergoing treatment for prostate cancer. Re-hired in 2017, he proved he still has the winning touch. Compiling its first winning record since 2004, Vidalia finished 9-3 last fall.
"They are very well-coached. Coach Faircloth does a heck of a job with his kids," Beekman coach Joey Lee said. "Their starting quarterback did not play against Homer, and they still won the game."
Tailback Cam'Ron Randall took over at quarterback against Homer during the absence of senior starter Tristan Weatherly. With Weatherly back, Randall has returned to his normal position.
"(Weatherly) is a pocket passer, who can sling it," Lee said.
Scatback Devin Green complements Randall in the backfield.
Weatherly's favorite targets are Jared Simpson, who joined the Vikings following the closure of MAIS power Natchez (Miss.) Trinity Episcopal, and DeVonte Loyd.
Center Nathan Nations is the pillar of the offensive line.
"They are not as big as they have been in the past," Lee said. "They are about like us size-wise. Last week, Lakeside was huge. Vidalia probably averages 200-225 across the front."
Safety Tony Tolliver, who played in an All-Star game in Florida over the summer, leads the Viking defensively.
"They play great team ball on both sides," Lee said.
Since winning a 40-34 triple overtime thriller against LaSalle in the season opener, the Tigers have dropped consecutive games to Homer (28-12) and Lakeside (34-6).
"We have a lot at stake this week," Lee said. "We have a chance to get back to .500 overall and a chance to start 1-0 in district."
Taron Traylor was a bright spot for the Tigers offensively on a rain-saturated field last week in Sibley with 11 carries for 60 yards and a 60-yard pass for the team's only touchdown.
"Taron has been our go-to guy on offense when we get away from the veer," Lee said.
Linebacker Dalon Moore accumulated a team-high 15 tackles vs. Lakeside.
Continuing conference play next week, the Tigers venture to Mangham.