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Former VHS standout Kordell Watts named starting center for West Alabama

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Kordell Watts (Photo courtesy West Alabama University Athletics)

Former Vicksburg High School offensive lineman Kordell Watts is heading into his junior year at the University of West Alabama where he will be the starting center in the upcoming season.

Watts played for Jones Community College for the 2017 and 2018  football seasons, and the Bobcats lost only three games in those two years. In 2018, Watts led Jones to a 10-2 season and a Mississippi Bowl victory over Eastern Arizona. He was one of the lead blockers that season for All-American running back Kalyn Grandberry who rushed for 1,289 yards and 10 touchdowns.

After the 2018 season, Watts committed to play for the University of Tennessee-Martin, but he suffered an injury shortly after arriving there. Watts decided to transfer to another school to play football but he wasn’t sure where to go.

He decided on West Alabama after they offered a package deal that allowed him to play and his brother Christopher Watts to join as a manager.

”They were the only team to mention my brother and from there on, I knew I was going to play for them,” Watts said.

Watts, known for both his pass and run blocking skills, was redshirted last season during his injury year, but is now eligible to play in the  upcoming 2020 season. He has already been officially named the starting center and is waiting for practices to begin.

Because no one is able to begin practices yet due to COVID-19 restrictions, Watts has been working out every day with his two younger brothers, Christopher and Mason Watts.

Watts credits his mother Kimberly Harris-Watts for most of his success in life.

”She kept me motivated during my injury and helped me the most with finding another school,” Watts said.

Watts is a 2017 graduate of Vicksburg High School where he played under head coach Marcus Rogers, and led the Gators to a 9-4 season in his senior year.

UWA kicks off its football season Sept. 3, 2020, against Tusculum in a home game in Livingston, Alabama, at 6 p.m.

 

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

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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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