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Michael Myers, one of Vicksburg’s best athletes

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Michael Myers (Photo from HInds CC Athletics)

Hard-hitting defensive tackle Michael Myers will always be known as one of the greatest athletes from Vicksburg, and he fulfilled every young athlete’s dream of making it to the NFL.

Myers was a two sport athlete at Vicksburg High School where he graduated in 1994. He played football and basketball and was named to the All-State team in both sports.

In high school, Myers played football under former VHS head coach James Knox. He was a part of a unstoppable defense and only allowed 14 points per game in his 1992 junior season. The Gators finished with a 9-3 season that year, and they advanced to the first round of the playoffs.

By the time his 1993 senior season rolled around, Myers was at the top of his game, and helped lead the Gators to a 11-2 season. While starring on the defensive line, he helped VHS reach the second round of the playoffs and was the key defensive player, allowing only 10 points per game that season.

After his senior season, Myers received a scholarship offer from Ole Miss, but his low ACT score forced him to commit to Hinds Community College instead. He was an All American at Hinds in 1994 where racked up 46 tackles and 20 sacks in his freshman season.

After an impressive two seasons at Hinds, Myers transferred to the University of Alabama in 1996 to play for the Crimson Tide.

In his first season with Alabama, Myers had 66 tackles and 13 sacks, and he was mentioned to be a pre-season All American going into his senior year.

In the 1997 season opener against Vanderbilt, Myers had 5 tackles and a sack, but his college career took a hit after he was suspended for contacting a sports agent before his eligibility was over.

Myers entered the 1998 NFL Draft where he was picked up by the Dallas Cowboys in the fourth round. He would spend the next five years with the Cowboys where he was an impact player.

Over the course of his 10-year NFL career, Myers would play for the Cowboys, Cleveland Browns, Denver Broncos and the Cincinnati Bengals.

Myers best NFL season was in 2001 where he recorded 72 tackles and 3.5 sacks for the Cowboys. In 2008, he retired from the NFL after ten years with 259 tackles and 15.5 sacks.

In 2012, Myers returned to Hinds as a defensive line coach.

Today, Myers is a high school defensive lineman’s coach at John Paul II High School in Plano, Texas. Coach Myers and his wife Brandy have two children, daughter Mykayla attends Washington State University and plays on the volleyball team, and son Braxton is a ninth grader at John Paul II.

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WC players Allen and Harried scored 15 points each Tuesday

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(photos by Cedric Tillman)

Warren Central basketball players Dartton Allen and Del’Javien Harried both had great games against Ridgeland Tuesday.

Allen scored 15 points in the 52-45 loss to the Titans. He is in his junior year at Warren Central and impressing his team and coaches with his athleticism.

Harried also scored 15 points Tuesday and was a big reason why the Vikings made a comeback after trailing by 14 points. He is in his senior season and averaged 6.1 points per game last year under head coach Bruce Robinson.

Allen and Harried have both stepped up for Warren Central early in the season and the Vikings have a great chance at having a winning year with these two dedicated players.

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Warren Central versus Tupelo game canceled due to COVID-19

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Warren Central Vikings (photo by Cedric Tillman)

The Warren Central High School football game with Tupelo High School has been canceled.

The decision was made Friday afternoon because of a COVID-19 quarantine at Tupelo High School. Vicksburg-Warren School District officials have verified the situation which means the Vikings will not travel tonight.

Warren Central advances to the second round of the playoffs because Tupelo called off the game.

The Vikings have extra time to prepare for their next game when they play the winner of this week’s Clinton versus Horn Lake game on Friday, Nov. 20.

Playoff games around the state have been canceled this week due to COVID-19 concerns.

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Hinds defense dominates and defeats PRCC 34-14

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(photo courtesy Hinds CC / Tracy Duncan)

The Hinds Community College Eagle’s defense forced three turnovers and shutout the Pearl River Community College Wildcat’s offense to lead the Eagles to a 34-14 home victory Thursday evening.

With the win, Hinds improved to 3-1 overall this season.

Hinds jumped out to a 21-0 lead with 1:41 left on the clock in the first quarter via three consecutive scoring drives.

With 4:16 left on the clock in the second quarter, PRCC responded when they forced, recovered and returned a fumble for a touchdown to cut Hinds lead to 21-7.

Hinds answered right back with another long scoring drive, which was capped off by a 36-yard touchdown run to give them a 27-7 lead with 2:07 remaining in the first half.

PRCC scored their last points of the game with 1:08 remaining in the first half when they scooped and scored another Hinds fumble, which cut the Eagles lead to 27-14.

Hinds had the final say, however, as their offense put together an 85-yard touchdown drive to increase their lead to 34-14 with 2:44 left in the third quarter.

The Eagle defense went on to close out the game and give Hinds the 34-14 victory.

Hinds was scheduled to play East Central Community College and Copiah-Lincoln Community College over the next two weeks, but both of those colleges have canceled the remainder of their seasons due to concerns over COVID-19.

It is still to-be-determined if Hinds will play another game this season. If this was the Eagle’s last football game this year, they conclude their 2020 season with a 3-1 overall record.

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