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Former VHS football coach now coaching at the college level

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Lorenzo Breland (Photo courtesy Pearl River CC Athletics)

Former Vicksburg High School head football coach Lorenzo Breland has stepped up and made a name for himself since leaving VHS in 2018.

Breland was named the Gators head coach in 2017, inheriting a winning program put together by former coach Marcus Rogers. Before becoming head coach, Breland was the assistant head coach of the team.

In 2017, Breland lead the Gators to a 5-7 record, reaching the playoffs in his first season as head coach.

Shortly after the season ended, Breland was dismissed as head coach of the Gators for unspecified reasons. He moved on to become the defensive line coach at Picayune High School in 2018 in Picayune, Miss. He spent two seasons at PHS, and he led them to the 5A championship game in 2019.

In December 2019, Breland was hired as the defensive line coach at Pearl River Community College where he will begin his first season this fall.

Breland is a 2008 graduate of Jackson State University where he was a star football player before beginning his coaching career. He helped JSU to a SWAC championship in 2007 and was a named to the All SWAC First Team.

Players he coached in Vicksburg still have a great deal of respect for Breland, and they will now see him coach on a higher level of football.

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Laken Trim, 7, got his first buck Saturday

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Laken Trim shot his first deer Saturday. (photo courtesy Karley Trim)

Vicksburg resident Laken Trim killed his first deer Saturday while hunting with his grandfather Mark Hinson in Utica, Mississippi.

Trim is a 7-year-old who attends Beechwood Elementary and enjoys outdoor activities such as hunting in his free time. He is the son of Karley and Cole Trim and Taylor Jones.

Now that Trim has gotten his first buck, he will be looking for a bigger one on his next hunting trip.

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Smith led Warren County high schools in sacks this year

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(Photo courtesy Taylen Smith)

Warren Central football player Taylen Smith wrapped up his senior season of football with the Vikings on a high note.

Smith holds the record for all high schools in the Vicksburg Warren School District for defensive sacks this season. He helped lead the Vikings to the playoffs under head coach Josh Morgan, finishing with eight sacks on the year, and he was a key reason the Vikings had a successful 9-3 season.

Smith’s talent was apparent early in the season when he had 15 tackles in the Red Carpet Bowl against Vicksburg High School. By the end of the season, he finished with an impressive 43 tackles.

Smith’s skills aren’t limited to tackling. He also made two interceptions and returned them both for touchdowns.

His high school football career may be over, but Smith announced Wednesday that he had received a scholarship offer from Coahoma Community College.

He has not officially committed to any school, yet, as he could be receiving more offers soon.

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Vicksburg natives Butler and Harris play each other for the second time this season

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DeMichael Harris and Malcolm Butler (photo courtesy of Rosie Harris)

Vicksburg natives DeMichael Harris and Malcolm Butler went head to head again Sunday night when the Indianapolis Colts took on the Tennessee Titans.

Butler led Titans to the 45-26 victory over the Colts, but both teams are having a great season.

Butler finished the game with four tackles and one interception for the Titans. Harris rushed one time for 2 yards and caught one pass for 1 yard for the Colts.

The two Vicksburg natives met for the first time last month when the Colts defeated the Titans 34-17, but this time it would be Butler and the Titans who took home the win.

DeMichael Harris and Malcolm Butler (photo courtesy Rosie Harris)

After the game, Butler and Harris posed for a picture which easily represents two guys from the same hometown playing the sport that they love.

 

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