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Philip Rivers to become a high school coach in Alabama after retirement

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Philip Rivers (Photo by Jeffrey Beall - Own work, CC BY 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=62416847)

Friday, Indianapolis Colts quarterback Philip Rivers was named head football coach of St. Michael Catholic School in Fairfield, Alabama.

Rivers will not take over as head coach until he officially retires from the NFL. He is heading into his 17th year in the league, and in March, he signed a one year $25 million dollar contract with the Colts.

Rivers spent the first 16 years of his NFL career with the Los Angeles Chargers after being acquired by the franchise in a 2004 draft-day trade with the New York Giants for Eli Manning. The Chargers announced in February that they were not going to re-sign Rivers, who said in March that he had briefly thought about retiring until he had some talks with his family.

St. Michael finished with a 2-8 record last season but things could turn around once Rivers brings in his years of experience to lead his new team.

Rivers, who has started 224 straight games, has thrown for 59,271 yards and 397 touchdowns to go with eight Pro Bowl invitations in his career. In 2014, he became the first player in league history to have five straight games with a passer rating of 120 in a single season.

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Vicksburg High defeats Warren Central 73-41

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The Vicksburg High School Gators defeated crosstown rivals Warren Central Vikings in a 73-41 win Saturday.

Taylon Smith led the Gators in the victory scoring 24 points in the blowout win over the Vikings. He also played great defense as he helped his team to the win.

Sean Hardy also stepped up for VHS and managed to put up 14 points. He also had six rebounds Saturday.

Lacaris Johnson and Keshawn Brown were both critical players for Vicksburg in the match. Johnson had 8 points and Brown finished with 9.

Del’Javien Harried was the key play for the Warren Central Vikings, putting up 15 points in the game. Travis Smith and Wade Sims also played well as they each scored 10 points.

The Gators will be back at home Tuesday to face Yazoo City.

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Three Vicksburg men made the All-MACCC team

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Conner Smith, Chris Winston and Joe Johnson Jr. (photos of Smith and Winston courtesy Hinds CC Athletics; Johnson photo courtesy Coahoma CC Athletics)

Three Vicksburg men have been named to the Mississippi Association of Community Colleges Conference All-State team for their successful football seasons.

Connor Smith, a former St. Aloysius player who now plays at Hinds Community College, went 5 of 8 on field goals and also converted 15 of 17 extra points.

Chris Winston, a former Warren Central offensive lineman started at center for the Hinds Eagles and helped the team to a 3-2 record with his great aggressive blocking.

Joe Johnson Jr., a former Vicksburg High School quarterback, went 29 of 49 in passing for Coahoma Community College and rushed for 210 yards. He led his team to a 3-2 record.

All three were notable players in their high school days, and they continue to advance their skills on the collegiate level.

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Harvey scored 15 points to help the Vikings to a 46-18 win Thursday

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Zion Harvey led the Vikings in points Thursday. (photo by Ced Tillman)

Warren Central ninth grade girls basketball team defeated Terry Thursday night in a huge 46-18 win.

Zion Harvey led the Lady Vikings in points, finishing the match with 15. She was also responsible for playing great defense as she almost outscored the Terry Bulldogs by herself.

Calise Henyard came behind Harvey in points with 12, contributing to the ladies winning the the ball game. Jennifer Smith also added 7 points.

The entire Vikings team showed up to handle business last night, and the Bulldogs were unable to stop the powerful offense the Vikings had to offer.

The Lady Vikings are now 8-2 and will be back in action next Thursday against crosstown rivals Vikings High School.

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