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Hinds CC take reigning national champs into overtime

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Hinds CC Eagles (photo courtesy HCC / Tracy Duncan)

For the second straight season, the Hinds Community College Eagle football program opened their season against the National Junior College Athletic Association reigning national champions.

The Eagles appeared to have the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Bulldogs on the ropes before falling 31-24 in overtime Thursday evening on the road in Perkinston.

Hinds came out of the gate hot and secured a 14-0 lead with 13:23 remaining in the second quarter. However, MGCCC responded with 10 unanswered points to close out the first half.

Hinds opened up the scoring in the second half as well by connecting on a 24-yard field goal, which increased their lead to 17-10.

MGCCC waited till the fourth quarter to make their move as they scored on a 41-yard touchdown run to tie the game with 13:44 remaining. They then took their first lead of the game with just 1:57 left in regulation via an interception that was returned for a touchdown.

Hinds, however, would not go into the night quietly as Kobe Dillon of Ferriday, Louisiana, ran one into the end zone to tie the game with just 13 seconds left in regulation. The two-yard touchdown run sent the contest into overtime.

MGCCC had the first possession in overtime and made the most of it by finding the end zone in just six plays. The pick-six gave them a 31-24 lead. That lead would stand as Hinds could not find the end zone in their overtime opportunity.

The Eagles start their 2020 season with an 0-1 overall record, but despite the loss there were numerous bright spots.

Those bright spots include: a defense that forced three fumbles (one fumble recovery) and secured three sacks, and an offense that had over 320 yards and found the end zone both in the air and on the ground.

Hinds rushed for 176 total yards and passed for 147 total yards.

On offense, running back Dajon Richard (Patterson, Louisiana) paced the backfield as he rushed 24 times for a total of 101 yards. Quarterback BeSean McCray displayed his dual threat capabilities as he rushed 12 times for 42 yards and one touchdown and passed for 147 yards and one touchdown. Jakarius Caston (Natchez) led the wide receiver corps as he tallied three catches for 65 yards.

On defense, Jaylan Ware (Starkville) led the team in tackles, followed by Malik Sims (Vicksburg), and Jaylen Ned (Lake Charles, Louisiana). Vertez Shorter (Vicksburg), Taylor Hunt (Flowood), and Jaylen Heffner (Batesville) all collected a sack.

The Eagles (0-1) will look to bounce back in their home opener Thursday, Oct. 15, when they take on the Jones College Bobcats (1-0) in Raymond at 6:30 p.m.

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Alabama’s coach Nick Saban and Greg Byrne test positive for COVID-19

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Nick Saban (photo courtesy UA Athletics)

University of Alabama head football coach Nick Saban and UA Athletic Director Greg Byrne have tested positive for COVID-19.

“I found out earlier this afternoon that I had tested positive for COVID-19,” Saban said Wednesday in statement from the university. “I immediately left work and isolated at home. At this time, I do not have any symptoms relative to COVID, and I have taken another PCR test to confirm my diagnosis.”

Byrne also released a statement Wednesday.

“Today, I received notice that my COVID-19 test from this morning came back positive,” Byrne said. “Upon hearing the news, I immediately entered self-isolation and will remain at home and follow all guidelines. We’ve been diligent about mask wearing and social distancing from the start and want to continue to encourage you all to take the necessary precautions to help stop the spread of this virus for yourself and those around you.”

No. 2 Alabama is set to play No. 3 Georgia Saturday. Offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian will fill in as interim head coach during Saban’s absence.

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Ole Miss football team dealing with COVID-19 issues

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Ole Miss football is having problems with COVID-19.

After multiple sources reported the news, head coach Lane Kiffin confirmed it.

“For the first time, we are having an issue with that,” Kiffin said at a press conference. “I’m not going to get into the numbers. It’s very difficult moving people around, and we’re already beat up to from high play count Saturday versus great team.”

The Rebels are scheduled to take on the University of Arkansas Saturday at 2:30 p.m. in Fayetteville, Arkansas. If the game needs to be postponed, it will have to be done by Friday.

Most of the Rebels key players, including quarterback Matt Corral and wide receiver Elijah Moore, were at practice Wednesday, a positive sign for Ole Miss. The Rebels are 1-2 and is are expected to win Saturday’s game if COVID-19 doesn’t force multiple players to sit it out.

An announcement on whether Ole Miss will play this week can be expected no later than tomorrow.

 

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VHS basketball coach Kelvin Carter selected to coach Mississippi All-Star Game

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Kelvin Carter (photo by Andre Carter)

Vicksburg High School head basketball coach Kelvin Carter has been selected to coach in the Mississippi All Star Game.

Carter, who is going into his fourth season as the Gator’s head coach, has found plenty of success since he took over the basketball program in 2017 after the retirement of longtime VHS coach Dellie Robinson. The Gators finished last season with a 20-10 record under Carter’s leadership, sending the team to the playoffs.

This will be Carter’s first time coaching an all-star game, and he will coach the North Conference in the Mississippi Association of Coaches North-South All-Star Game. The game is scheduled for March 20, 2021, at Mississippi College.

The Gators are expected to have another great season under Carter this year. They continue to improve each year under his leadership.

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