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AUBURN — Auburn junior quarterback Cam Newton will forgo his senior season and make himself eligible for the 2011 National Football League Draft. The 2010 Heisman Trophy winner, Newton helped lead Auburn to a perfect 14-0 record and the BCS National Championship. He rushed for 1,473 yards and 20 touchdowns while passing for 2,854 yards and 30 scores. This decision was difficult for me and my family,” Newton said. “After talking to Coach Chizik and Coach Malzahn, I think it is best that I make that next step in my career and forgo my senior season and enter the NFL Draft. It was a very hard decision for me, especially after coming off the great season we had at Auburn. I’m blessed to have been around an excellent environment and have great teammates, coaches and support from the Auburn family. It’s been a blessing for me to be a part of something so great,” Newton said. “Any time you win games it’s a big deal, but for this school to win a BCS National Championship, what a way to make people happy. Auburn is a special place that I can call home.” Newton broke numerous Auburn single-season records, including rushing touchdowns (20), passing touchdowns (30), touchdowns responsible for (51), total offense (4,327) and rushing yards by a quarterback (1,473). “We appreciate Cameron’s many contributions to Auburn and the outstanding leader that he was for our football team,” Auburn head coach Gene Chizik said. “He had one of the greatest individual seasons ever by an Auburn player and was a key part of our championship run. Cam will always be a member of the Auburn family and we wish him the best in his future endeavors.” Newton was named the Walter Camp and Associated Press National Player of the Year, won the Maxwell Award as the nation’s top player and the Dave O’Brien Award as the country’s top quarterback.

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Details revealed of JSU football coach Deion Sanders’ contract

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Deion Sanders (photo courtesy JSU)

Deion Sanders contract with Jackson State University to coach football is worth $300,000 a year.

Sanders officially became the university’s head coach last month. According to The Clarion Ledger, his contract extends through 2024.

He is also eligible to receive bonuses under the contract:

  • $25,000 for every win over an FBS opponent
  • $10,000 for winning the SWAC Eastern Division
  • $30,000 for winning the SWAC championship
  • $50,000 for winning the Celebration Bowl
  • $5,000 for a team APR greater than 970.

Sanders is currently the offensive coordinator for Trinity Christian High School in Texas, which will end its season in late November. JSU’s football season is scheduled to begin Feb. 21, 2021 against Edward Waters College after the SWAC postponed fall games due to COVID-19 concerns.

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St. Al Flashes defeat Washington School 43-28

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The Flashes' Brennan Williams (photo by YAS photo LLC)

The St. Aloysius Flashes traveled to Greenville Friday night to play Washington School, and they came up with a big 43-28 district win.

Running back Brennan Williams led the Flashes with 132 rushing yards on 13 carries and two rushing touchdowns. He also scored on a 75-yard kick return in the second half.

The Flashes scored on the first play of their first possession of the ball when quarterback Tristan Wilbanks threw a pass to Chase Tucker who stepped back and threw it to Cooper Madison for a touchdown. Padre Gray Jr and Wilbanks also had rushing touchdowns in the game.

On defense, Wes Warnock, Tucker and Adam Francisco each had 10 tackles for the Flashes. Warnock also caught the game-winning interception.

The Flashes are now 4-5 and are in a better position to clinch a playoff spot. They travel to Natchez to play Cathedral High next Friday in the final game of the regular season.

Other Scores

VHS lost to Ridgeland 49-32

PCA lost to Glenwood 48-13

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Former WC player Vertez Shorter got his second sack of the season Thursday

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Former Warren Central football player Vertez Shorter picked up his second sack of the season Thursday for Hinds Community College in the game against Jones Community College.

Shorter, who is in his sophomore season, was able to get to the quarterback for a big stop in Hinds 18-16 win. His first sack came last week against Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.

Shorter is gaining plenty of playing time this season at defensive tackle for the Eagles who now have a 1-1 record. He is a 2019 graduate of Warren Central High School and gained 72 tackles and four sacks in the 2019 season.

Shorter and the Eagles will be at home next week as they play Itawamba Community College at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22.

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