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Gators prepare to take on Holmes County Friday

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Vicksburg High School running back Cedrick Phillips on a kick return. Photo courtesy Cedrick Phillips.

The Vicksburg High football team is still fighting until the very end. Coming off a big win against Callaway in a major offensive battle, Vicksburg has plenty of momentum coming into this week’s game.

The Gators are facing former Vicksburg High School coach Marcus Rogers when they take on the Holmes County Central Jaguars (8-3) Friday night at Vicksburg. In 2016, Rogers resigned as head coach after three seasons, but he has now found success with the Jaguars.

Vicksburg is built with plenty of weapons including running back Cedrick Phillips and junior Shakori Reagan who has been controlling the ball all year. Reagan was not expected to be to quarterback this season but once the starting quarterback left the team, Reagan stepped up to lead the offense.

“Reagan relates to me because he is great running the ball and can get the job done,” Phillips said.

Although the Gators (2-8) are ineligible for the playoffs, they still have the chance to defeat a higher-ranking team.

“We are a good team, it is just the small things that kill us on the field,” Phillips said.

Last season, the Gators lost to the Jaguars 46-13, but the Gator offense is much stronger this season and has put more points on the board over the past few games.

Phillips has been an outstanding athlete all season, and he is ready to finish strong in his last game as a Gator. He suffered an injury to his knuckle earlier this year but it did not slow him down one bit.

“An injury does not define me, and I do whatever it takes to play,” Phillips said.

Phillips added that his speed is a major asset. He will be playing for Hinds Community College next year having received a football scholarship. He expects more offers to roll in once that season is finished.

The Vicksburg-Holmes County game will be held at Vicksburg Memorial Stadium Friday, Nov. 8, starting at 7 p.m.

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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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USACE hosts annual youth deer hunt

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(Photo by Will Swann on Unsplash)

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Vicksburg District announces that Grenada Lake will host its annual youth deer hunt over two weekends, Dec. 26 to 28, 2020, and Jan. 1 to 3, 2021.

To be eligible for participation, youth hunters must be between the ages of eight and 15 and be accompanied by a parent or guardian over 21 years old with a valid Mississippi hunting license.

Registration begins Dec. 3 and ends Dec. 8. Hunters may register by emailing Natural Resources Specialist Will Clark at [email protected]. The email must include the youth hunter’s name and age as well as the accompanying adult’s name, age and phone number.

“We are excited to continue our annual tradition of hosting this event for young hunters,” Clark said in a news release. “We wish them all a safe and successful hunting season.”

Youth hunters may harvest a maximum of one buck and two does during the hunt.

Hunters and their locations will be selected through a random drawing process. All hunters will be provided with a packet outlining the hunt’s rules and regulations as well as a detailed map of their hunting area. Each hunting area will contain ground blinds and two-man ladder stands for hunters’ use.

The purpose of the hunt is to encourage young people to become more involved in outdoor recreation and habitat preservation. The hunt also helps control the deer population.

For more information about this hunt or other hunting opportunities at Grenada Lake, please contact the Grenada Lake Field Office at 662-226-5911.

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10-year-old Addie G. Clay killed a big buck Saturday

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Vicksburg resident Addie G. Clay killed a big buck Saturday, marking her first kill of deer hunting season.

Clay is 10-years-old and in fifth grade at St. Francis Elementary School in Vicksburg. She is known as both a great and athletic student.

Clay got the kill in Issaquena County hunting with her dad Robert Clay. In addition to getting this amazing buck Saturday, it was the anniversary of her first kill exactly three years ago.

 

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