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Former VHS and JSU football star hired as cornerbacks coach for St. Aloysius Flashes

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(Photo courtesy Derrick Watson)

Former Vicksburg High School star football player Derrick Watson has been hired as the cornerbacks coach at St. Aloysius High School.

Watson graduated from VHS in 1995. During his 1994 senior season, he helped the Gators to an 8-4 record, and then went on to star at Jackson State University. He is no stranger to hard work. Watson was a walk-on at JSU and earned the starting spot. In 2002, he was one of the best cornerbacks in SWAC football. He was also a track star who ran the 40 yard dash in 4.4 seconds. He used his speed to help him dominate on the football field and secure a starting spot at JSU.

After Watson graduated from JSU, he went on to play in both the Arena Football League and the Canadian Football League. Watson joined the Flashes staff in June after spending a few years coaching at Vicksburg High School where he helped many athletes gain scholarships to play on the next level.

He is now passing his knowledge to the athletes at St. Al who are preparing for their upcoming season.

Adding Watson to the staff is a big deal for the Flashes who are under the leadership of new head coach Stacy Sizemore.

Watson will help lead the flashes secondary tonight as St. Al travels to face Brookhaven Academy in a scrimmage at 6 p.m.

 

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Vicksburg Gators win big in 36-20 victory over Canton

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(photo by Keith Phillips)

Vicksburg High School kept their playoff hopes alive with a big 36-20 comeback victory over Canton Thursday night.

After trailing 20-14 at halftime, the Gators defense didn’t give up a score in the second half of the game. The offense was able to get things moving by driving the ball down the field.

Shakori Regan scored four rushing touchdowns for the Gators in their win. Freshman quarterback Ronnie Alexander threw a long touchdown pass to Keveon Smith as he was falling to the ground, and the ball landed directly in his hands for the score.

The win for the Gators helps them out in trying to clinch a playoff berth.

Next week, they will have a forfeit win over Callaway who opted out of the season due to COVID-19 concerns.

 

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Morgan, Hartley and Leist led their teams to victory Thursday

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Three YMCA flag football players showed out Thursday night as they led their teams to victories.

Doss Morgan, Dylan Hartley and Klein Leist all scored touchdowns for the Giants or Rockets.

Morgan ran for two touchdowns for the Giants and also threw another one to Lakelane Pecanty. He also had a pass deflection on defense in the 20-0 win over the Jaguars.

Morgan is a fourth grader at Bovina Elementary and is known for athleticism at the YMCA.

Hartley and Leist each scored a touchdown for the Rockets helping their team defeat the Bears. Hartley broke out for a 90-yard touchdown run early in the game while Leist scored the final touchdown in the Rockets’ 14-12 win.

Hartley and Leist are both fifth graders at Redwood Elementary.

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St. Al’s Cooper Madison caught a 40-yard touchdown pass Friday

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St. Al Cooper Madison
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St. Aloysius High School football player Cooper Madison caught his first touchdown pass of the season last week in the Flashes big win over Washington School Oct. 16.

Madison caught the 40-yard pass in the first play of the Flashes possession last week to make the score 6-0 in the first quarter. For most of the night, he played on defense at cornerback in the 43-28 victory.

He is known for his great athletic ability. In football, he also plays on special teams where he sometimes kicks the extra point behind Reed Bourne, and he is also a soccer player for St. Aloysius.

Madison has been a big part of Flashes football over the past few years, and he will start Friday for St. Aloysius in the team’s last game of the regular season.

The Flashes face the Cathedral Green Wave Friday in Natchez, Mississippi, at 7 p.m.

 

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