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Cleveland Wolves take down Vicksburg Gators, 34-24

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Story and photo by Keith Phillips for the Vicksburg Daily News

A big district game between the Vicksburg High School Gators and and the Cleveland Central High School Wolves last night resulted in another Vicksburg High loss.

Big plays and hard hits ruled the game from the beginning to the very last drive. The Gators put in hard work on Thursday night but still fell short of a win.

By the middle of the second quarter, Vicksburg was down 14-10 with 6:19 left in the first half. The Gators were stopped and forced to punt on their next drive, which was blocked by Cleveland and recovered on Vicksburg’s 30- yard line. The Wolves came out ready to play on offense with a quick option to the right for a gain of 20 yards to the Gators 10-yard line.

A quick handoff to the right would give Cleveland another touchdown with 3:57 to go in the half.

The gators showed that they were ready for a fight with three back-to-back first downs. Cedric Phillips ran the next play for a tough eight-yard gain followed by a quarterback keep, which put the Gators in the end zone only trailing by four points, 21-17 at the end of the first half.

Cedric Phillips evades a defender. (Photo by Larry Walker).

The Wolves came out hot in the second quarter with a big 30-yard gain followed by a 12-yard touchdown pass ending the first half with a score of 21-17.

As the clock ran down in the third quarter, the Gators trailed 28-17 forcing Vicksburg to step up. On the following drive the Gators were unable to stop the Wolves and gave up another touchdown putting the game at 34-17.

The Gators were able to squeeze in one more touchdown, which ended the game with a score of 34-24 and a loss.

Next week the Gators (1-6) host Ridgeland High School Titans (5-1) as the Gators continue to search for their first district win.

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Kenyan Olympian breaks the ‘unbreakable’ two-hour marathon barrier

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Eliud Kipchoge after his historic marathon run, Oct. 12, 2019. Photo from his Twitter feed.

It’s been 65 years since a runner has made history by breaking a time barrier once thought physically unbreakable.

In 1954, Roger Bannister did the impossible by running a mile in under four minutes.

Yesterday, three-time Olympic medalist Eliud Kipchoge ran a marathon in under two hours.

Kipchoge, who is from Kenya, ran the 26.2-mile distance in Vienna, Austria on Saturday, Oct. 12. His official time was 1:59:40.

“No human is limited,” Kipchoge said after the run.

The feat wasn’t considered possible until 1991, when Dr. Michael Joyner published a paper estimating the fastest a human being could run a marathon was 1:57:58.

Kipchoge has long been thought of the runner most likely to break the two-hour barrier. He became holder of the men’s world record last year in Berlin when he crossed the finish line at 2:01:39, and came within 25 seconds in 2017 in an experimental event called Breaking2.

Since 2013, when he began running marathons, Kipchoge has come in at first place in 11 of the 12 races he has run, always coming within striking distance of two hours.

Saturday’s time will go down in the history books, but it isn’t an official world record recognized by the International Association of Athletics Federations, much like Kipchoge’s Breaking2 run in ‘17. The run was not an open racing event, and Kipchoge ran with a team of 41 pacesetters, rotating in teams of seven. He was also guided by an electric car, which set the pace.

Regardless, Kipchoge broke the barrier, a feat he compared to putting a man on the moon.

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No. 6 Hinds knocks off Co-Lin, 35-21

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The No. 6 ranked Hinds Community College Eagles won their fourth straight game as they defeated the Copiah-Lincoln Community College Wolves 35-21 Thursday night to up their record to 6-1 in front of a massive home crowd.

The Eagles kicked off the scoring when quarterback Elijah Walker found Javon Antonio for a 23-yard touchdown pass with 10:02 left in the first quarter.

Hinds added another score after running back Don Ragsdale leapt into the end zone from a yard out. The one-yard touchdown run capped off a 12-play, 78-yard drive which gave the Eagles a 14-0 lead at the start of the second quarter.

CLCC quickly responded with a five-play, 75-yard drive capped off by a 15-yard touchdown pass, which cut the Hinds lead to 14-7 with 13:01 left in the second quarter.

With under a minute to go in the first half, Hinds pushed their lead to two scores after Walker connected with Tabashi Thomas for a 21-yard touchdown pass. Walker’s second passing touchdown of the night gave Hinds a 21-7 lead at the half.

The third quarter proved to be a back-and-forth affair. Co-Lin started off the second half with an eight-play, 84-yard drive that was completed with a two-yard touchdown run.

Hinds followed that up with a seven-play 70-yard drive capped off by a four-yard touchdown run by Ragsdale.

Co-Lin would answer right back with a four-play, 49-yard drive that was finished off with a 12-yard touchdown pass.

Hinds, however, had the final say when Walker linked up with Traveyon Craig for a 37-yard touchdown pass. Walker’s third touchdown pass of the night gave Hinds a 35-21 lead with 3:28 remaining on the clock in the third quarter.

The Eagles’ defense was able to hold the Wolves at bay the remainder of the game and secure the 35-21 victory.

With the win, the Eagles improve to 6-1 overall on the season and 3-1 in the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges South Division. They are ranked sixth nationally by the National Junior College Athletic Association.

On offense,  Walker was 20 for 28 passing and threw for 217 yards and three touchdowns. Ragsdale led the way in the backfield with 22 rushes for 100 yards and two touchdowns. On the receiving end, Craig, Thomas, and Antonio all finished with four catches and a touchdown each.

On defense, Jonathan Jordan led the way with six tackles. Additionally, Amos Robinson, Jaylen Heffner and Chris Blair caused havoc in the backfield all night, as each collected two sacks of their own.

The Eagles hold their destiny in their hands with two games remaining in the season. If they win their final two games, they will secure a first-place finish and the MACJC South Division Championship. Furthermore, they would have home field advantage in the playoffs.

Hinds (6-1, 3-1) will hit the road next week to take on the East Central Community College Warriors (4-3, 3-1) in Decatur. Kickoff for the MACJC South Division matchup is slated for 6:30 p.m.

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Kudzu Classic Youth Soccer Tournament coming to Vicksburg in November

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Photo by Photospook - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=39636325

Youth soccer means cleats and knee pads for the players and, of course, lawn chairs for parents to sit in as they watch their children play. 

Soccer tournaments teach kids how to to be team players and good sports on and off the field. One of those tournaments is the Kudzu Classic Youth Soccer Tournament at Sports Force Parks, 255 Fisher Ferry Road, Nov. 9 and 10.

This tournament is open to all youth soccer teams. Registration fees vary based on age and range from $375 to $425 per team.

For more information and to register, visit this link or contact Sports Force Park at 601-429-6320.

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