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Former St. Aloysius standout signs with the Indianapolis Colts

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De'Michael Harris (photo courtesy Southern Miss Athletics)

Former St. Aloysius and University of Southern Mississippi athlete DeMichael Harris has been picked up by the Indianapolis Colts tonight after the NFL Draft.

Harris signed a free agency contract with the Colts after finishing his last season with the Golden Eagles. Although he was undrafted, Harris has made a big impact on every team he played with, and he is now taking his talents to the next level.

Harris graduated from St. Aloysius in 2016 where he led the Flashes to a 15-2 record in 2014. He went on to play for both Hind Community College and USM before being signed to the Colts tonight.

Harris is the first player from Vicksburg to be signed to the NFL this year.

 

 

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Griffith finishes a successful football season at Warren Central

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(photo courtesy AJ Griffith)

Warren Central High School football player AJ Griffith helped the Vikings to a successful season this year with his great defensive skills.

Griffith finished his junior season with more than 50 tackles, helping the Vikings to a 9-3 record and a second-round playoff appearance.

Griffith plays safety for the Vikings but is often put at linebacker where he is known for hitting the ball carrier behind the line of scrimmage. He works closely with Warren Central’s coaches Matt Williams, Josh Morgan and Tim Hughes, when he’s playing linebacker.

On many of the Viking’s game films, Griffith is seen as an aggressive football player who does whatever it takes to get a tackle for his team.

Now that football season is over for the Vikings, Griffith will be concentrating on baseball, his second sport.

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Archer named VDN Assistant Football Coach of the Year

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Shaun Archer (photo by Cedric Tillman)

Vicksburg High School assistant head football coach Shaun Archer has been named the 2020 Vicksburg Daily News Assistant Coach of the Year.

Archer was born and raised in Port Gibson, Mississippi, where he was a star football player at Port Gibson High School. He graduated in 1987 and received a football scholarship to Alcorn State University.

Archer graduated from Alcorn in 1994 with a bachelor’s of science degree in health and physical education. He also earned a master’s degree in physical education from Alcorn in 2002.

He began coaching football at Bayou View Junior High in Gulfport, Mississippi, in 1997 and stayed there for two years while also assisting with track and field. He returned to Port Gibson  High in 1999 and was the assistant coach for football and track until 2007.

Archer was hired as the defensive lineman coach at by former Vicksburg High School head coach Alonzo Stevens in 2007. By 2011, Archer was the Gator’s defensive coordinator and has been a great part of the team’s success over the years.

Two weeks ago, Archer completed his 13th consecutive year at VHS. In that time, he served under six different head coaches at Vicksburg and helped the Gators to a playoff appearance this season.

“I just want to thank God for blessing me with the opportunity to serve the young men and women of this community in my capacity as a coach and a teacher,” Archer said. “I want to thank Coach Alonzo Stevens for being the perfect example of how to be a great coach and for giving me a chance to coach at Vicksburg High, the place I’ve always dreamed of coaching. And lastly I want to thank my wife, Frances, for having unlimited patience and understanding and always being my number one support system.”

Archer is the first Vicksburg Daily News Assistant Coach of the Year. With the football season over for the Gators this year, he is currently coaching the boys track team at VHS.

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Saban tests positive for COVID-19 again

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Nick Saban has tested positive for COVID-19 a second time. (photo courtesy University of Alabama Athletics)

University of Alabama head football coach Nick Saban has tested positive again for COVID-19 and will miss Saturday’s game with Auburn.

“This morning we received notification that Coach Saban tested positive for COVID-19,” Dr. Jimmy Robinson and UA head trainer Jeff Allen said in a statement Wednesday morning. “He has very mild symptoms, so this test will not be categorized as a potential false positive. He will follow all appropriate guidelines and isolate at home.”

Saban also tested positive a little over a month ago shortly before the game with the University of Georgia ,but he was still able to coach that game.

Offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian will fill in for Saban in Saturday’s game against the Tigers while Saban quarantines.

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