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Alcorn defeats Southern for SWAC championship

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The Alcorn State University football team defeated Southern University last night for the second year in a row to retain the SWAC championship title. The championship is the second one for head coach Fred McNair who took over the program in 2016.

The game went back and forth with the teams trading the lead. In the middle of the fourth quarter, the Southern Jaguars (8-5) were leading the game 24-22 before the Alcorn Braves (9-3) made a big comeback. The Braves scored 17 unanswered points in the fourth quarter.

Alcorn’s defense stepped up forcing Southern quarterback Ladarius Skeleton to throw three interceptions in the game. One was returned for a Braves touchdown by Taurence Wilson.

Alcorn went on to win the game with a score of 39-24. Alcorn Quarterback Felix Harper finished the game with 226 passing yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions. His top receiver for the game was LeCharles Pringle who had five catches for 125 yards and one touchdown. Pringle was also named the MVP for the game.

Niko Duffey had the most rushing yards for the Braves, rushing for 63 yards on 15 carries, while De’Shawn Waller had 52 yards on 12 carries with a touchdown. Trey Turner also had a three yard touchdown for the Alcorn victory.

Two former Vicksburg High School football stars are on this championship squad. Elmer Johnson and Alec Bailey are the two local players who will receive their championship rings this year.

Alcorn will be traveling to Atlanta for the Celebration Bowl against North Carolina A&T on Dec. 21.

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YMCA extents basketball registration through Nov. 30

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Camile Jeffers plays for the senior prep Flashes girls team at the Vicksburg YMCA. (photo by Ollie Summerall)

The Vicksburg YMCA has extended girls and boys basketball registration through Nov. 30.

YMCA basketball will consist of three leagues, each with girls and boys teams: 7 year olds, 8 and 9 year olds, and the senior prep league of 10 through 12 year olds.

Boys aged 8 through 12 will need to try out before being placed on a team.

Tryouts for the 8 and 9-year-olds boys league will held Nov. 30 at the YMCA at 5:30 p.m. To be eligible, a participant’s eighth birthday must have been before Sept. 1, 2020.

Tryouts for senior prep 10, 11 and 12-year-old boys are scheduled for Dec. 1 at the YMCA. Children in the senior prep league can only participate if their 10th birthday was before Sept. 1.

For more information or to register your child to participate, call 601-638-1071 or go to the front desk at the YMCA. Registration is $60 for YMCA members and $70 for non members.

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Vicksburg High freshman Hall scored 13 points Thursday

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(photo by Keith Phillips)

Vicksburg High freshman basketball player Rodrianna Hall led the team in points Thursday in the Gators 51-42 loss to Northwest Rankin.

Hall scored 13 points in the game and helped the Gators take the lead over the Cougars several times in the hard-fought match. She also played good defense Thursday when she was able to gain multiple steals.

Hall had plenty of help Thursday from her teammates, especially Cynia Johnson who scored 12 points before fouling out in the fourth quarter.

The team now has a 5-2 record. Hall and the Gators are coached by Deatra Robinson-Cable.

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Warren Central finishes the season with 9-3 record

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Vikings quarterback Kentrick Thompson (photo by Ced Tillman)

The Warren Central High School Vikings football team ended its season Friday night with 18-14 loss to Clinton.

Vikings quarterback Kentrick Thompson scored two touchdowns on the night in the Vikings final game. He threw a 49-yard touchdown pass to Jerry Evans and rushed for another before halftime.

The Vikings played a hard offensive and defensive game all night but came up short of a victory.

T.J. Thompson rushed for 102 yards for Warren Central and made plenty of good plays for the Vikings.

The Vikings finished their season with a 9-3 record  and made it to the playoffs for the ninth consecutive year under head coach Josh Morgan.

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