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Alcorn State names Quinn Gray as quarterbacks coach



(Photo courtesy Alcorn State Athletics)

Alcorn State University has hired Quinn Gray Sr. to be its next quarterbacks coach for the Braves football team.

Gray comes from Lincoln High School in Tallahassee, Fla., where he spent the last three seasons as head coach. Lincoln improved its team’s performance every year since he arrived, and the team went 8-4 last season under Gray.

Coach Gray is excited about his new position with the Braves.

“Coach Fred McNair has given me the opportunity to continue a dream of mine of coaching on the Division I level. I will continue to work as diligently as I have in my new position. I look forward to the new beginning once things are safe and look forward to becoming an Alcornite,” Gray said in a statement.

Gray was a very productive college quarterback at Florida A&M, where he finished with 7,378 passing yards and 57 touchdowns.

After college, Gray spent seven seasons in the NFL before beginning a coaching career. He was signed as an undrafted free agent in 2002 by the Jacksonville Jaguars, where he stayed through 2007. Gray concluded his NFL career in 2008 with the Kansas City Chiefs.

Gray will be coaching Offensive SWAC Player of the Year Felix Harper next season, and he plans to continue the success that the Braves have had over the recent years.


Lexie Layne Powers, 7, got her first buck Thursday



Lexie Layne Powers (photo courtesy Lauren Powers)

Lexie Layne Powers, 7, got her first buck last week on Thanksgiving Day when she was hunting with her father, Paul Powers.

Powers and her father were in Utica, Mississippi, when they spotted the deer that she was able to kill.

Lexie is a second grader at Bovina Elementary and is the daughter of Paul and Lauren Powers.


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PCA girls basketball team dominates Deer Creek 60-13



Lady Eagles gather round coach Casey Fisher (in white polo) and assistant coach Chandler Ellis (in black hoodie). (photo by Keith Phillips)

Porter’s Chapel Academy girls basketball team defeated Deer Creek Academy last night in a big 60-13 win.

The Lady Eagles came back from Thanksgiving break playing well, and they now have a 5-2 record under head coach Casey Fisher.

Senior Yakia Burns dropped 35 points on the night as she led the Lady Eagles in scoring. She also finished with 12 steals and seven assists on the night.

Marley Bufkin hit a big 3-pointer to finish the game with 5 points, two rebounds, four assists and four steals.

The Lady Eagles controlled the game all night and many of the players, such as Zy Smith who scored 14 points, stepped up to clinch the victory.

Sophie Masterson led the team in rebounds with 11, while Olivia Masterson grabbed six rebounds and two steals.

The Lady Eagles  will be back in action Tuesday when they travel to play Tallulah Academy at 6 p.m.

Full PCA stats:

  • Yakia Burns- 35 points, nine rebounds, 12 steals, seven assists
  • Zyer Smith-14 points, five rebounds, five steals
  • Marley Bufkin- 5 points, two rebounds, four assists, four steals
  • Sophie Masterson- 2 points, 11 rebounds
  • Olivia Masterson- six rebounds, three steals
  • Macey Bufkin- 2 points, two rebounds, two steals
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Henderson and Boyd led the VHS ninth grade teams in points Monday



(photos by Cedric Tillman)

Ninth graders Tyler Henderson and Terri Boyd played great games Monday night for their Vicksburg High School ninth-grade basketball teams, resulting in two big wins against Clinton.

Henderson scored 21 points for the boys team, and the Gators went on to win 58-36 over the Arrows. He also had 11 rebounds and six assists that helped the boys remain undefeated.

Boyd led her team to victory as the girls defeated Clinton 40-37. She had 15 points in the victory and the Gators are now 6-2 on the year. Boyd scored the last 4 points of the night in two free throws to help close out the game.

The ninth-grade Gators will be back in action Thursday when they travel to Germantown to fight for another victory.

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