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Gators end their season with a 31-14 loss to Grenada

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(photo by Cedric Tillman)

The Vicksburg High School football team ended its season Friday night with a 31-14 loss to Grenada.

The playoff game was the first time Vicksburg High had advanced to the postseason since 2017. The Gators were led by first-year head coach Todd McDaniel who helped the team strive for the playoffs.

Wide receiver Keveon Smith scored the first touchdown for the Gators after catching a 22-yard pass from freshman quarterback Ronnie Alexander. Smith finished his last game as a Gator Friday after a successful three years on the varsity level.

Alexander scored the last touchdown of the night in the fourth quarter as he ran the ball for a one-yard score.

The Grenada Chargers advance to play West Point in the second round of the playoffs next Friday as the Gators prepare for their offseason workouts.

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Three Vicksburg men made the All-MACCC team

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Conner Smith, Chris Winston and Joe Johnson Jr. (photos of Smith and Winston courtesy Hinds CC Athletics; Johnson photo courtesy Coahoma CC Athletics)

Three Vicksburg men have been named to the Mississippi Association of Community Colleges Conference All-State team for their successful football seasons.

Connor Smith, a former St. Aloysius player who now plays at Hinds Community College, went 5 of 8 on field goals and also converted 15 of 17 extra points.

Chris Winston, a former Warren Central offensive lineman started at center for the Hinds Eagles and helped the team to a 3-2 record with his great aggressive blocking.

Joe Johnson Jr., a former Vicksburg High School quarterback, went 29 of 49 in passing for Coahoma Community College and rushed for 210 yards. He led his team to a 3-2 record.

All three were notable players in their high school days, and they continue to advance their skills on the collegiate level.

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Harvey scored 15 points to help the Vikings to a 46-18 win Thursday

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Zion Harvey led the Vikings in points Thursday. (photo by Ced Tillman)

Warren Central ninth grade girls basketball team defeated Terry Thursday night in a huge 46-18 win.

Zion Harvey led the Lady Vikings in points, finishing the match with 15. She was also responsible for playing great defense as she almost outscored the Terry Bulldogs by herself.

Calise Henyard came behind Harvey in points with 12, contributing to the ladies winning the the ball game. Jennifer Smith also added 7 points.

The entire Vikings team showed up to handle business last night, and the Bulldogs were unable to stop the powerful offense the Vikings had to offer.

The Lady Vikings are now 8-2 and will be back in action next Thursday against crosstown rivals Vikings High School.

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Tommy Curtis III is the VDN Defensive Player of the Year

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Tommy Curtis III (photo courtesy of Tommy Curtis Jr.)

Vicksburg High School football player Tommy Curtis III has been named the Vicksburg Daily News Defensive Player of the Year.

Curtis was granted the award due to his great senior season where he not only led the VHS Gators but the entire county in tackles. He finished the 2020 season with 103 tackles and two sacks.

Curtis thanked plenty of people for sticking with him along his football journey.

“First off, I would like to give thanks to God, my family, my coaches and most importantly my teammates for giving me the opportunity to lead our young team,” Curtis said. “I’ve came a long way with my journey playing for Vicksburg High School. This has been a great year full of adversity and excitement, and we battled until the end. This year has made each one of us better football players and young men. A scripture I live by is Philippians 4:13 which says, ‘I can do all things through Christ which strengthened me.’ I am grateful to be receiving this award, and I thank each one of you for giving me a chance to represent Vicksburg High School Gator Football.”

Curtis is a three-year starter for the Gators and has helped led the defense each season. He missed five games in his junior season and still managed to grab 50 tackles. Curtis was back healthy this season.

His best game this year was in a 23-22 win over South Pike where he racked up 11 tackles. He is known for his ability to break up any offense he goes up against and his ability to get to the ball carrier with no hesitation. He was recently named a region 2 5A first team all district player.

Curtis has not committed to any college or university, yet, but by early next year, he expects to have multiple offers to choose from.

Curtis is the first VDN Defensive Player of the Year, and he is the true definition of an hard working athlete.

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