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Gators upset the Jaguars, 28-27

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The Vicksburg High School Gators faced off against the Holmes County Central Jaguars hoping to end their season on a good note, while the Jaguars were preparing for a playoff game next week. The Gators were prepared to end their season on their own field until the lights went out, which forced the game to be played across town at Warren Central High School.

On the opening drive, Vicksburg fumbled the ball. The Jaguars recovered it and took it back for a touchdown putting the game at 7-0 in the beginning of the first quarter. The Gators responded with a deep pass from Shakori Reagan to Keveon Smith for a big first down. Reagan would be picked off two plays later turning the ball back over to the Jaguars.

The Gator defense showed that they were ready to fight early in the game when  Marvin Martin sacked Jaguars quarterback Justin Smith injuring him, and putting him out for the remainder of the game. Jaguars were forced to punt, but the Gators blocked and recovered. Cedric Phillips got the ball a few times on the following drive but was stopped for short gains. Phillips ended up throwing a touchdown pass to Keveon Smith tying the score at 7-7.

The Gator defense came back hard again with Devonte Cage making a big stop, and the next play would result in a 14-yard run that set up a first down. An over-the-head snap put the Jaguars in bad field position and forced a punt after Marquise Blackmore got a sack. The Gators would eventually hand the ball back after Reagan was picked off while trying to throw the ball away.

The Jaguars would find their way into the end zone on this drive making it 13-7 at halftime.

“We have to find a way to shut their run game down, and we have to find a spark in our offense,” said coach Tim Hughes.

Vicksburg fumbled on the next kickoff but recovered. The Gator offense was still being shut down but Reagan threw a deep pass to Phillips who caught it and took it inside the 20-yard line. Phillips walked the ball into the end zone for a Gator touchdown, making it a 13-13 ball game. The Jaguars scored again on the following drive making the score 21-13.

The Gator offense found the spark they were looking for by moving the ball down the field.

“Use your hands,” said coach Andre Bennett, who preached to his offensive line during the game.

Phillips would get another touchdown from a Reagan pass making the score 21-19, but the Gators went for two and tied the game at 21 in the 4th quarter.

The Jaguars came out running the ball with the quarterback gaining huge yards. The Jaguars then threw a long touchdown pass making the score 27-21. Jaguars went for a 2-point conversion, which was no good.

With three minutes left in the game, the Gators received the kickoff and Smith took it to the end zone with a good extra point. The Gators won the game 28-27.

“It feels good to come out on top,” Phillips said. “We worked and won the game, and I thank my teammates and coaches for believing that we could do it.”

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Warren Central Vikings football season ends with a loss to Oxford

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The Warren Central Vikings football season came to an end last night with a 33-14 loss to No. 4 Oxford.

The Vikings struggled offensively throughout the game and did not find the end zone until late in the ball game.

Bad field position and a dropped punt that went for an Oxford touchdown put Warren Central behind at halftime 19-0.

The Vikings ran a halfback pass in the fourth quarter, and junior Kentrick Thompson threw the ball to wide open receiver  Shayne Ragan for a touchdown. Antonio Thomas would catch the next touchdown pass for the Vikings from quarterback Parker Kivett.

The loss would end the season for the Vikingsd with a 6-6 record, but it would make it their eighth consecutive playoff appearance under head coach Josh Morgan.

Oxford will go on to play South Panola in the second round of the playoffs next Friday, Nov. 22, and Starkville will play Olive Branch.

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Vicksburg and Warren County schools rack up basketball wins and losses

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Vicksburg Junior High coach Jerdon Hardiman talks to his team.

Teams all around the River City played basketball last night resulting in three schools winning and one school losing their first games of the year.

Vicksburg High men and women’s teams lost last night when they traveled to Holmes County Central. The Lady Gators fell short with a score of 58-49. The men could not pull out a victory either, losing 70-55.

The Warren Central boys won their game against Germantown by nearly 20 points with a final score of 73-54, and the Lady Vikings also won 47-40 against Germantown.

Four Junior High teams pulled off victories starting with the Vicksburg Boys team who beat Byram 51-37. Tyler Carter scored 21 points with 13 rebounds. VJHS ladies would also knock off Byram with a score of 22-18.

Warren Central Junior High teams traveled to Pearl where both the girls and the boys would return with victories. The boys won 55-34, and the girls won 27-10.

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Hinds Lady Bulldogs win season opener 47-46 over Holmes CC

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Amaz Carmichael in action Nov. 14

The Hinds Community College Lady Bulldogs defeated the Holmes Community College Lady Bulldogs 47-46 in their season opener last night, Nov. 14.

Holmes jumped out to an early 14-6 lead in the first quarter before Hinds responded in the second quarter to take a 29-24 lead at halftime.

Both teams scored 12 points in the third quarter keeping Hinds in the lead 41-36 at the end of the quarter.

In the fourth quarter, Holmes outscored Hinds 10-6, but it was not enough as Hinds held onto the lead to secure the 47-46 victory.

Amaz Carmichael, from Lincoln, Ala., led all scorers. The freshman center scored 16 points for Hinds and shot 7-11 from the field. Carmichael also hauled in 19 rebounds, had two assists, and blocked five shots in her debut for the Lady Bulldogs.

Tamia Brown, from Jackson, Miss., and Kerrigan Johnson, from Tucker, Ga., also scored double-digit points to help lead Hinds to victory. Brown scored 11 points while Johnson put 10 points on the board.

The Lady Bulldogs will be back in action Monday, Nov. 18, to take on the Mississippi Delta Lady Trojans on the road in Moorhead. Tipoff for that game is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.

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