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Gators prepare to take on Holmes County Friday



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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