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Hinds Bulldogs take down Co-Lin Wolves 69-66

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(photo by Tracy Duncan, Hinds CC)

The Hinds Community College Bulldogs held off the Copiah-Lincoln Community College Wolves Thursday evening, Feb. 13, to secure a 69-66 win on sophomore night.

Before the game, the Hinds Bulldog basketball program honored their sophomores: Dontrell McQuarter of Baton Rouge, La., Jerrez Porter of Jackson, Miss., Peyton Taylor of Cleveland, Miss., Dontavious Smith of Terry, Miss., Eric Stimage of Utica, Miss., Ladarius Marshall of Jackson and Deonte Spencer of Jackson.

The Bulldogs came out firing and jumped out to a 12-3 lead just five minutes into the game.

The Wolves responded with a run of their own and tied the game at 15-15 with 11 minutes remaining in the first half.

The Bulldogs and the Wolves then traded leads until Hinds pushed it to a two-possession game (30-25) with five minutes left in the half.

Hinds then expanded on their lead and pushed the score to 39-33 at the half.

In the second half, Hinds took a nine-point lead (46-37) with 15 minutes remaining.

CLCC, however, clawed their way back into the game and cut the Bulldog lead to just one point (67-66) with less than nine seconds remaining.

With seven seconds left in regulation play, CLCC fouled Hinds’ sophomore forward Deonte Spencer who made both free throw attempts, sealing the 69-66 victory for the Bulldogs.

“Co-Lin is a well-coached, tough team to play against. They beat us earlier in the season by one point, but tonight our guys were able to make some shots at the end of the game and hold them off to get the win,” said head coach Yusef Fitzgerald.

“Tonight, we won the close game, and good teams win close games,” Fitzgerald added. Prior to tonight’s game, four of Hinds’ losses had come by five points or less.

With the win, Hinds improves to 12-7 overall and 7-5 in the MACJC South Division. Their 7-5 divisional record puts them in a three-way tie for second place with two games remaining in the regular season.

“One guy I’d like to commend is Deonte Spencer,” Fitzgerald said. “He has worked extremely hard and bought into what we have been trying to teach him. He was huge for us off of the bench tonight.”

Hinds (12-7, 7-5) will be back in action Monday, Feb. 17, at home in Utica for a crucial MACJC South Division matchup against the East Central Community College Warriors (9-12, 4-8). Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

Before the start of the game, Hinds will name the basketball court inside J.D. Boyd Gymnasium on the Utica Campus after former basketball coach Earl Joe Nelson. The dedication ceremony will take place on Monday at approximately 7 p.m.

Hinds Top Performers vs. Co-Lin

Dontrell McQuarter: 18 points | 4 assists | 1 block | 1 steal
Jordan Johnson: 12 points | 5 assists
Deonte Spencer: 9 points | 3 rebounds

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Griffith finishes a successful football season at Warren Central

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(photo courtesy AJ Griffith)

Warren Central High School football player AJ Griffith helped the Vikings to a successful season this year with his great defensive skills.

Griffith finished his junior season with more than 50 tackles, helping the Vikings to a 9-3 record and a second-round playoff appearance.

Griffith plays safety for the Vikings but is often put at linebacker where he is known for hitting the ball carrier behind the line of scrimmage. He works closely with Warren Central’s coaches Matt Williams, Josh Morgan and Tim Hughes, when he’s playing linebacker.

On many of the Viking’s game films, Griffith is seen as an aggressive football player who does whatever it takes to get a tackle for his team.

Now that football season is over for the Vikings, Griffith will be concentrating on baseball, his second sport.

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Archer named VDN Assistant Football Coach of the Year

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Shaun Archer (photo by Cedric Tillman)

Vicksburg High School assistant head football coach Shaun Archer has been named the 2020 Vicksburg Daily News Assistant Coach of the Year.

Archer was born and raised in Port Gibson, Mississippi, where he was a star football player at Port Gibson High School. He graduated in 1987 and received a football scholarship to Alcorn State University.

Archer graduated from Alcorn in 1994 with a bachelor’s of science degree in health and physical education. He also earned a master’s degree in physical education from Alcorn in 2002.

He began coaching football at Bayou View Junior High in Gulfport, Mississippi, in 1997 and stayed there for two years while also assisting with track and field. He returned to Port Gibson  High in 1999 and was the assistant coach for football and track until 2007.

Archer was hired as the defensive lineman coach at by former Vicksburg High School head coach Alonzo Stevens in 2007. By 2011, Archer was the Gator’s defensive coordinator and has been a great part of the team’s success over the years.

Two weeks ago, Archer completed his 13th consecutive year at VHS. In that time, he served under six different head coaches at Vicksburg and helped the Gators to a playoff appearance this season.

“I just want to thank God for blessing me with the opportunity to serve the young men and women of this community in my capacity as a coach and a teacher,” Archer said. “I want to thank Coach Alonzo Stevens for being the perfect example of how to be a great coach and for giving me a chance to coach at Vicksburg High, the place I’ve always dreamed of coaching. And lastly I want to thank my wife, Frances, for having unlimited patience and understanding and always being my number one support system.”

Archer is the first Vicksburg Daily News Assistant Coach of the Year. With the football season over for the Gators this year, he is currently coaching the boys track team at VHS.

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Saban tests positive for COVID-19 again

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Nick Saban has tested positive for COVID-19 a second time. (photo courtesy University of Alabama Athletics)

University of Alabama head football coach Nick Saban has tested positive again for COVID-19 and will miss Saturday’s game with Auburn.

“This morning we received notification that Coach Saban tested positive for COVID-19,” Dr. Jimmy Robinson and UA head trainer Jeff Allen said in a statement Wednesday morning. “He has very mild symptoms, so this test will not be categorized as a potential false positive. He will follow all appropriate guidelines and isolate at home.”

Saban also tested positive a little over a month ago shortly before the game with the University of Georgia ,but he was still able to coach that game.

Offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian will fill in for Saban in Saturday’s game against the Tigers while Saban quarantines.

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