The next time Matt Middleton says he'll play anybody, anytime, anywhere, it'll carry a little more weight. 

Following a positive test that forced Vidalia out of Friday night's game against the Chiefs, Middleton contacted Bastrop's coaching staff and scheduled a contest on one day's notice. 

"I have to play a game," Middleton said. "It's something we have to have. I know it's risky against a team like Bastrop." 

The Rams, who will make the short trip to West Ouachita, are coming off of a quarterfinal appearance in the 2019 playoffs and posted a 9-3 record overall. 

The Chiefs will welcome the Rams for a 7 p.m. kickoff Friday night. 

Vidalia High cancelled its first two games after a player tested positive for Covid-19 Thursday.

The Vikings were scheduled to open their season at West Ouachita Friday.

Vidalia's game at Rayville on October 9 has also been cancelled.

Vidalia High principal Bernie Cooley said those who have purchased tickets can call the school at 318-336-6231 and set up an appointment for a refund.

"We had a football player test positive and after we evaluated everyone we found he had been in contact with about 10 players," Cooley said. "So they are being quarantined for two weeks. We hate this happened, but we have been following all the guidelines."

Vidaila will now open its season on October 16 at home against Rayville. That game will be the Vikings' Homecoming.

Michael Norris was scheduled to make his head coaching debut for Vidalia High's football team against West Ouachita.

"I told Mike we may need to treat this year as a redshirt year," Cooley said.

Award-winning sports writer for columns and features since joining the field in 2013. As the first-ever featured columnist of the month at Bleacher Report, Martin cut his teeth with online media before joining the newspaper business in 2014.

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