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No. 6 Hinds knocks off Co-Lin, 35-21

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The No. 6 ranked Hinds Community College Eagles won their fourth straight game as they defeated the Copiah-Lincoln Community College Wolves 35-21 Thursday night to up their record to 6-1 in front of a massive home crowd.

The Eagles kicked off the scoring when quarterback Elijah Walker found Javon Antonio for a 23-yard touchdown pass with 10:02 left in the first quarter.

Hinds added another score after running back Don Ragsdale leapt into the end zone from a yard out. The one-yard touchdown run capped off a 12-play, 78-yard drive which gave the Eagles a 14-0 lead at the start of the second quarter.

CLCC quickly responded with a five-play, 75-yard drive capped off by a 15-yard touchdown pass, which cut the Hinds lead to 14-7 with 13:01 left in the second quarter.

With under a minute to go in the first half, Hinds pushed their lead to two scores after Walker connected with Tabashi Thomas for a 21-yard touchdown pass. Walker’s second passing touchdown of the night gave Hinds a 21-7 lead at the half.

The third quarter proved to be a back-and-forth affair. Co-Lin started off the second half with an eight-play, 84-yard drive that was completed with a two-yard touchdown run.

Hinds followed that up with a seven-play 70-yard drive capped off by a four-yard touchdown run by Ragsdale.

Co-Lin would answer right back with a four-play, 49-yard drive that was finished off with a 12-yard touchdown pass.

Hinds, however, had the final say when Walker linked up with Traveyon Craig for a 37-yard touchdown pass. Walker’s third touchdown pass of the night gave Hinds a 35-21 lead with 3:28 remaining on the clock in the third quarter.

The Eagles’ defense was able to hold the Wolves at bay the remainder of the game and secure the 35-21 victory.

With the win, the Eagles improve to 6-1 overall on the season and 3-1 in the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges South Division. They are ranked sixth nationally by the National Junior College Athletic Association.

On offense,  Walker was 20 for 28 passing and threw for 217 yards and three touchdowns. Ragsdale led the way in the backfield with 22 rushes for 100 yards and two touchdowns. On the receiving end, Craig, Thomas, and Antonio all finished with four catches and a touchdown each.

On defense, Jonathan Jordan led the way with six tackles. Additionally, Amos Robinson, Jaylen Heffner and Chris Blair caused havoc in the backfield all night, as each collected two sacks of their own.

The Eagles hold their destiny in their hands with two games remaining in the season. If they win their final two games, they will secure a first-place finish and the MACJC South Division Championship. Furthermore, they would have home field advantage in the playoffs.

Hinds (6-1, 3-1) will hit the road next week to take on the East Central Community College Warriors (4-3, 3-1) in Decatur. Kickoff for the MACJC South Division matchup is slated for 6:30 p.m.

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Brae, the baby doll and her ink

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Photo courtesy of Brae Toney.

Last month we introduced you to Brandi Rae Toney, otherwise known as Brae. She is the remarkable young woman who recently celebrated her 29th birthday despite doctors predicting she would not live past the age of 2. She is still continuing to defy the odds and living life while battling spinal muscular atrophy.

Brae chooses to document many of her life experiences and emotions through body art, so it’s no surprise the following quote from Purvy Ranaga is one of her favorites:  “Life is a canvas. It’s up to you what colours you choose to paint this canvas of life into a beautiful masterpiece.”

Like warpaint, Brae’s tattoos tell the story of the battles she has overcome. (photo courtesy Brae Toney)

Brae has several favorite tattoo artists including Dave Clark in Ft. Walton Beach, Florida, Azha Sanders from Brookhaven, Mississippi, and Sizer Yerger, formerly of Monroe, Louisiana. Each has created masterpieces on various parts of her body that illustrate important parts of Toney’s life, a life that is surprisingly normal for a young woman her age and a life so many predicted she would not be living.

(Photo courtesy Brae Toney)

(Photo courtesy Brae Toney)

Each of her tattoos holds a significant meaning for Brae, but none more so than her son’s memorial tattoo.

“I was with a guy for five years on and off. We ended up getting pregnant, but the pregnancy was literally draining the life out of me, and in order to save my life we had to induce labor. I was far too early for my baby to make it,” Brae said. “A lot of people don’t see wheelchair users as romantic or able to live a normal life but I’m 29 years old, I’m mentally capable of making my own decisions, and I live my life just as anyone else would.”

Inside the heart is baby Carter’s sonogram (photo courtesy Brae Toney)

Another Ranaga quote that Brae embraces is “Every life is a canvas and every interaction is a brush; therefore we’d be wise to consider how we handle the paint.”  And when it comes to Brandi “Brae” Toney, it is certainly handled with care.

(photo courtesy Brae Toney)

 

(Photo courtesy Brae Toney)

We invite you to visit Brae’s website at www.inked-babydoll.com and learn more about her and her fight against SMA. Next in our series, we will learn about the experimental medicine she is trying and how it is impacting her life.

Heather Mullins Williams contributed to this story.

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BREAKING – Vicksburg-Warren schools will not open Friday

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After a specially called board meeting, the Vicksburg Warren School District Board of Trustees announced it will not open schools for in-person classes Friday as scheduled.

Superintendent Chad Shealy cited a shortage of janitorial staff due to COVID-19. “The cleaning has not been up to the standard we needed it to be,” he said. “We [also] had a shortage of PPEs.”

Shealy went on to indicate that construction was also not on schedule adding to the issues facing the in-person opening of the schools.

The board is discussing the opening date and how best to handle it.

Monday, Aug. 17, is the new date to open schools for the fall semester.

Stay tuned to the Vicksburg Daily News for the latest information.

 

 

 

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