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Alabama takes down Michigan in the Citrus Bowl

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Jerry Jeudy (Photo from the Alabama Football Facebook page)

Mac Jones, who filled in for injured Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, led the Crimson Tide to a 35-16 victory over Michigan tonight.

Jones put the first score up on the night as he threw an 85-yard touchdown pass to Jerry Jeudy to help Alabama take the 7-0 lead in the first quarter. Michigan answered back with a touchdown pass from Shea Patterson to Nick Eubanks to tie the game. Before the quarter ended, Quinn Nordin kicked a 36-yard field goal to give Michigan a 10-7 lead.

Nordin would kick two more field goals in the second quarter for Michigan, and Najeer Harris would score a 9-yard touchdown run for Alabama which brought the score to a 16-14 Michigan lead at halftime.

Alabama’s defense stepped up in the second half of the game by not letting Michigan score for the remainder of the game. Mac Jones threw another long touchdown, this time to Devonta Smith for 42 yards to give Alabama a 21-16 lead.

In the fourth quarter, Alabama would find the end zone twice, once on a 20-yard pass to Miller Forristall and a 2-yard run by Najee Harris to end the game with a 35-16 victory for Alabama.

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Griffith finishes a successful football season at Warren Central

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(photo courtesy AJ Griffith)

Warren Central High School football player AJ Griffith helped the Vikings to a successful season this year with his great defensive skills.

Griffith finished his junior season with more than 50 tackles, helping the Vikings to a 9-3 record and a second-round playoff appearance.

Griffith plays safety for the Vikings but is often put at linebacker where he is known for hitting the ball carrier behind the line of scrimmage. He works closely with Warren Central’s coaches Matt Williams, Josh Morgan and Tim Hughes, when he’s playing linebacker.

On many of the Viking’s game films, Griffith is seen as an aggressive football player who does whatever it takes to get a tackle for his team.

Now that football season is over for the Vikings, Griffith will be concentrating on baseball, his second sport.

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Archer named VDN Assistant Football Coach of the Year

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Shaun Archer (photo by Cedric Tillman)

Vicksburg High School assistant head football coach Shaun Archer has been named the 2020 Vicksburg Daily News Assistant Coach of the Year.

Archer was born and raised in Port Gibson, Mississippi, where he was a star football player at Port Gibson High School. He graduated in 1987 and received a football scholarship to Alcorn State University.

Archer graduated from Alcorn in 1994 with a bachelor’s of science degree in health and physical education. He also earned a master’s degree in physical education from Alcorn in 2002.

He began coaching football at Bayou View Junior High in Gulfport, Mississippi, in 1997 and stayed there for two years while also assisting with track and field. He returned to Port Gibson  High in 1999 and was the assistant coach for football and track until 2007.

Archer was hired as the defensive lineman coach at by former Vicksburg High School head coach Alonzo Stevens in 2007. By 2011, Archer was the Gator’s defensive coordinator and has been a great part of the team’s success over the years.

Two weeks ago, Archer completed his 13th consecutive year at VHS. In that time, he served under six different head coaches at Vicksburg and helped the Gators to a playoff appearance this season.

“I just want to thank God for blessing me with the opportunity to serve the young men and women of this community in my capacity as a coach and a teacher,” Archer said. “I want to thank Coach Alonzo Stevens for being the perfect example of how to be a great coach and for giving me a chance to coach at Vicksburg High, the place I’ve always dreamed of coaching. And lastly I want to thank my wife, Frances, for having unlimited patience and understanding and always being my number one support system.”

Archer is the first Vicksburg Daily News Assistant Coach of the Year. With the football season over for the Gators this year, he is currently coaching the boys track team at VHS.

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Saban tests positive for COVID-19 again

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Nick Saban has tested positive for COVID-19 a second time. (photo courtesy University of Alabama Athletics)

University of Alabama head football coach Nick Saban has tested positive again for COVID-19 and will miss Saturday’s game with Auburn.

“This morning we received notification that Coach Saban tested positive for COVID-19,” Dr. Jimmy Robinson and UA head trainer Jeff Allen said in a statement Wednesday morning. “He has very mild symptoms, so this test will not be categorized as a potential false positive. He will follow all appropriate guidelines and isolate at home.”

Saban also tested positive a little over a month ago shortly before the game with the University of Georgia ,but he was still able to coach that game.

Offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian will fill in for Saban in Saturday’s game against the Tigers while Saban quarantines.

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