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Mississippi State suffers tough loss to Louisville in Music City Bowl

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(photo from MSU Athletics)

Mississippi State University and Louisville went head-to-head in the Music City Bowl yesterday in Nashville, Tenn.

In the first half, the two teams only managed three touchdowns combined, but Louisville would take home the victory in the 38-28 win.

MSU put up the first points of the ball game as quarterback Tommy Stevens rushed for a 3-yard touchdown in the first quarter to take the 7-0 lead. Running back Nick Gibson for the Bulldogs gained the second touchdown in the second quarter giving MSU a 14-0 lead. Gibson finished the game with 17 carries, 54 rushing yards, and one touchdown.

Louisville then scored in the second quarter when Marshon Ford caught a 33-yard touchdown pass from Chatarius Atwell. Louisville also kicked a 31-yard field goal as time expired in the first half, with MSU still in the lead 14-10.

The third quarter belonged to Louisville as Devante Peete scored a 24-yard touchdown to take the lead 17-14. Louisville also scored on an MSU fumble to bring the score to 24-14 at the end of the quarter.

During the fourth quarter, Tommy Stevens threw two passing touchdowns for the Bulldogs (6-7) but Louisville (8-5) would also score two more touchdowns to go home with the bowl game victory.

The loss for MSU makes head coach Joe Morehead 0-2 in bowl games for the Bulldogs.

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St. Aloysius player Williams selected to play in the MAIS All Star Football Game

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(photo courtesy Brennan Williams)

St. Aloysius football player Brennan Williams has been selected to play in the Midsouth Association of Independent Schools All Star football game.

Williams has been a key player for the Flashes for the last three years and has led his team to the playoffs each season on the varsity level.

He started on both sides of the ball this season at safety and running back. He the offense in rushing yards and finished the season with three interceptions on defense.

One of Williams’ best performances this season is when he rushed for 132 yards and two touchdowns in a 43-28 win over Washington School. He also returned a 75-yard kickoff return in the victory, which helped the Flashes clinch a playoff spot.

Williams played most of his high school career under Michael Fields, but this year he played for the Flashes new head coach Stacy Sizemore. Not limited to just football, he is also a great track and field runner known for being one of the fastest athletes in the state of Mississippi.

Williams will play on the blue team in the MAIS All Star Game scheduled for Dec. 4 at Jackson Preparatory School at 6p.m.

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Laken Trim, 7, got his first buck Saturday

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Laken Trim shot his first deer Saturday. (photo courtesy Karley Trim)

Vicksburg resident Laken Trim killed his first deer Saturday while hunting with his grandfather Mark Hinson in Utica, Mississippi.

Trim is a 7-year-old who attends Beechwood Elementary and enjoys outdoor activities such as hunting in his free time. He is the son of Karley and Cole Trim and Taylor Jones.

Now that Trim has gotten his first buck, he will be looking for a bigger one on his next hunting trip.

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Smith led Warren County high schools in sacks this year

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Warren Central football player Taylen Smith wrapped up his senior season of football with the Vikings on a high note.

Smith holds the record for all high schools in the Vicksburg Warren School District for defensive sacks this season. He helped lead the Vikings to the playoffs under head coach Josh Morgan, finishing with eight sacks on the year, and he was a key reason the Vikings had a successful 9-3 season.

Smith’s talent was apparent early in the season when he had 15 tackles in the Red Carpet Bowl against Vicksburg High School. By the end of the season, he finished with an impressive 43 tackles.

Smith’s skills aren’t limited to tackling. He also made two interceptions and returned them both for touchdowns.

His high school football career may be over, but Smith announced Wednesday that he had received a scholarship offer from Coahoma Community College.

He has not officially committed to any school, yet, as he could be receiving more offers soon.

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