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The No. 10 ranked Vicksburg High Gators are set to travel to Lexington, Miss., to play the Holmes County Central Jaguars tonight.

The Gators are undefeated going into tonight’s game and they hope to remain that way.  In their 61-58 victory against Madison Central on Tuesday, Vicksburg stopped every one of Madison’s defenders to prove they can handle any teams that comes their way.

The Gators are led by Cameron Butler who hit a big 3-pointer last Tuesday to seal the victory against Madison.

The Gators are off to their best start since head coach Kevin Carter took over the program in 2017 after legendary head coach Dellie Robinson retired due to illness. Carter is in his third season as head coach, and his staff, Lee Bell and Julius Williams, helps keep the team in line.

Holmes County (1-3) has struggled early this season but finally won their first game Tuesday against Humphreys County. Louzavious Thomas is leading Holmes County with 12 points per game, but the Gators tough defense is prepared for anything in tonight’s game.

The game will be held tonight at Holmes County Central High School at 7:30 p.m. following the girl’s game.

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

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USM's Golden Eagles (photo courtesy USM Athletics)

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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