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Flashes take down Cathedral 35-18; earn playoff spot

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The St. Al Flashes prepping for the second half. Photo by Keith Phillips for the Vicksburg Daily News.

Friday night was a game full of rain, touchdowns, and fumbles between the St. Aloysius Flashes and the Cathedral Green Wave. The two teams went back and forth with each other all night but in the end, the Flashes were able to pull off a 35-18 victory.

By the second quarter, both teams found their way in the end zone with a score of 7-6 with the Flashes in the lead.  The Flashes defense stepped up with multiple stops including a big interception by Brennan Williams that put the Flashes in Cathedral territory. On the next play, Alvin Brown broke out for a big run in which he almost ran over the referee but was finally tackled by the Cathedral defense. Brown soon found the end zone by breaking another tackle and scoring on the run making the score 14-6 with 6:47 left in the first half.

It wouldn’t take long for Cathedral to gain a touchdown with a failed two point conversion, which made the score 14-12. Flashes could not get their offense going and were forced to punt on the next drive forcing the defense to step up once again. Cathedral’s offense attempted to run the ball but were hit hard by the Flashes for a loss of 10 yards and eventually it forced them to punt. Brown would again lead the way for another Flashes touchdown run putting the score at 21-12 a few minutes before the half. With only one minute left in the half, Ben Ulery  picked off Cathedral’s pass which Brown would score from again, making the score 28-12 at halftime.

The second half of the game consisted mostly of defense with both team constantly fumbling the ball. The teams would only find the end zone once in the second half, but big stops and hard hitting played a heavy role in the low-scoring second half.

Brown found the end zone one more time by the end of the game, which gave him five touchdowns and ended the Flashes regular season with a 5-5 record and a playoff spot.

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USM versus UAB football game canceled due to COVID-19 concerns

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USM's Golden Eagles (photo courtesy USM Athletics)

The University of Southern Mississippi football game against the University of Alabama-Birmingham has been canceled due to COVID-19.

The game, which was supposed to be held Friday, is called off because of COVID-19 infections within USM’s football program.

This will be the third game this season that the Golden Eagles have canceled or postponed a game, but they are still expected to play Friday, Dec. 3, against the University of Texas at El Paso.

The Golden Eagles have a 2-7 record, and they currently have no chance of making it to a bowl game this season.

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VHS ninth grade basketball coach Williams leads young players to win

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Julius Williams (photo by Keith Phillips)

Vicksburg High School ninth grade head basketball coach Julius Williams has a history of leading young players to win.

Williams was born and raised in Crystal Springs, Mississippi, where he played football for Crystal Springs High School and graduated in 2000. He went on to play for Copiah-Lincoln Community College and West Virginia State University.

Williams finished his bachelor’s degree at Jackson State University in 2008 and began coaching football at Vicksburg Junior High that same year. He received his master’s degree from Alcorn State University in 2011.

He remained on the football coaching staff until 2015 when he was named as the VJHS head basketball coach for the 2015-16 school year and had a 19-1 Little Six Championship season.

After his successful season at the junior high, Williams was brought to Vicksburg High School by former VHS coaches Dellie C. Robinson and Kelvin Carter.

“I would like to thanks coach Robinson and coach Carter who stuck their necks out for me and trusted me,” Williams said. Williams also credited his wife Melissa and their two kids for his success.

Williams has been the ninth grade head coach at Vicksburg High since 2017 and has had winning seasons ever since taking over. His team this year is undefeated with an 8-0 record.

“My goal is to make every player a better man and human being,” Williams said.

Williams also works with the varsity basketball team with coach Carter, which has a 1-1 record. They start playing again in December.

Williams and his ninth grade players will play Clinton next Monday as they will strive to remain undefeated.

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Vicksburg freshman Davion Williams scored 10 points Thursday

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Vicksburg High School freshman basketball player Davion Willams came in second in points for his team Thursday, helping to lead the Gators to victory over Northwest Rankin.

Williams scored 10 points in the 62-32 win over the Cougars. He was a key reason the Gators maintained a big lead throughout the entire game.

Williams had lots of help from teammate Kealon Bass who scored 17 points and Chris Green who scored 8.

Williams and the Gators are now 8-0 and will return to play next Monday against Clinton.

 

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