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Mississippian Mo Williams selected as Alabama State head basketball coach

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Mo Williams (Photo courtesy California State University at Northridge athletics)

Jackson, Mississippi, native and former NBA star Mo Williams has been named head basketball coach at Alabama State University.

“We are excited about the direction of our men’s basketball program as we move forward into this new era,”  said Jennifer Lynne Williams, director of intercollegiate athletics for Alabama State, in a press release.

Williams has been an assistant coach at California State University at Northridge for the past two years. The Matadors finished with a 15-17 record this season and ended on a four game winning streak.

He helped coach two All-Big West First Team honorees in Lamine Diane and Terrell Gomez. Diane is a two-time Big West Player of the Year and All-American Honorable Mention.

Before starting his coaching career, Williams played basketball in the NBA for 14 years. He retired in 2017 shortly after winning a championship with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2016.

Williams graduated from Murrah High School in Jackson in 2001. He went on to play for the University of Alabama for two seasons before entering the 2003 NBA Draft.

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USM quarterback Jack Abraham out for the season

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USM quarterback Jack Abraham is reportedly out for the rest of the season.

Abraham suffered from a concussion earlier this season as well as COVID-19. He was the star of the offense under former head coach Jay Hopson who resigned earlier this season.

Abraham led the Golden Eagles to two winning seasons as the starting quarterback.

USM will start Trey Lowe Saturday in the game with Western Kentucky. Lowe is the third string quarterback behind Tate Whately who is battling a concussion.

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Warren Central in a rematch with Clinton in Friday’s playoff game

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The Warren Central Vikings take the field. (photo by Ced Tllman)

The Warren Central Vikings will travel to play Clinton High School Friday, Nov. 20, in the second round of the class 6A playoffs.

Clinton and Warren County played each other in the regular season, resulting in a 31-16 victory for the Arrows. That game was the first loss for the Vikings this season, and the team is preparing for the rematch.

The Vikings advanced to the second round after Tupelo High School canceled due to COVID-19.

Last night, Clinton defeated Horn Lake 35-7 to advance to the next round and set up the rematch with the Vikings.

The Vikings defense has been tough all season, and they rarely let their opponents get into the end zone. They will be led by head coach Josh Morgan who has taken the Vikings to nine consecutive playoff appearances.

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Gators end their season with a 31-14 loss to Grenada

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(photo by Cedric Tillman)

The Vicksburg High School football team ended its season Friday night with a 31-14 loss to Grenada.

The playoff game was the first time Vicksburg High had advanced to the postseason since 2017. The Gators were led by first-year head coach Todd McDaniel who helped the team strive for the playoffs.

Wide receiver Keveon Smith scored the first touchdown for the Gators after catching a 22-yard pass from freshman quarterback Ronnie Alexander. Smith finished his last game as a Gator Friday after a successful three years on the varsity level.

Alexander scored the last touchdown of the night in the fourth quarter as he ran the ball for a one-yard score.

The Grenada Chargers advance to play West Point in the second round of the playoffs next Friday as the Gators prepare for their offseason workouts.

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