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MSU quarterback transfers to Virginia

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Keytaon Thompson (Photo courtesy MSU Athletics)

Mississippi State University quarterback Keytaon Thompson has committed to the University of Virginia.

The 6-foot-4, 225 pound athlete will be immediately eligible to play next season because he is joining UVA as a graduate transfer. Thompson has two years of eligibility left to play college football.

Thompson, who redshirted at Mississippi State last season, graduated in three years and was a two-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll. The New Orleans native was 2-0 as a starter with the Bulldogs and appeared in 20 games with Mississippi State.

His first career start came against Louisville in the Tax Slayer Bowl as a true freshman. Thompson passed for 127 yards but rushed for 147 yards and three touchdowns on 27 carries

During his time at MSU, Thompson rushed for 10 touchdowns while throwing for 8.

In high school, Thompson was Louisiana Gatorade Player of the Year. He finished his high school senior year  with 3,825 passing yards, 46 passing touchdowns, 1,434 rushing yards and 26 rushing touchdowns.

Virginia is replacing standout quarterback Bryce Perkins, a second-team All-ACC selection who set team records for both passing yards and total offense in 2019. Thompson likely will compete with Brennan Armstrong, who backed up Perkins in 2019, for the Cavaliers’ starting spot.

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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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