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Player Spotlight: Curtis returns an 85-yard touchdown and is ready to lead the Gator defense

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Tommy Curtis III (photo courtesy of Tommy Curtis Jr.)

Vicksburg High School football player Tommy Curtis III returned an 85-yard interception back for a touchdown Friday in a scrimmage against Hazlehurst High School.

Curtis will be one of the starting linebackers this year for the Gators. He suffered injuries in the past that cut his seasons short in the last two years. Last season he started five games for VHS, and he racked up 50 tackles, averaging 10 per game, before his season ended due to an injury.

Starting since his sophomore year, Curtis is healthy and ready to lead the Gators to success in his senior year and already making an impact on the team. He will be wearing No. 3 this season under the leadership of new VHS head coach Todd McDaniel and new defensive coordinator Chris Lacey.

The Curtis name is no stranger to VHS football He is the son of former VHS quarterback Tommy “Air” Curtis.

The Gators will have their first game of the season Friday against the Warren Central Vikings at 7 p.m.

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PCA player Gage Ashley shines on offense and defense

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Porter’s Chapel Academy football player Gage Ashley led the Eagles in rushing yards and tackles Friday in a conference game against Greenville Christian.

Although the Eagles lost the game 59-0, Ashley still managed to have a good game on both offense and defense.

Ashley carried the ball seven times for 42 yards on offense, and managed to rack up seven tackles and a sack.

Ashley has been shining all season for the Eagles, who are having their best season in over three years.

The Eagles will face Glenbrook this Friday, and Ashley will need another big night to help PCA win to keep their playoff hopes alive.

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Thompson and Riggs top quarterbacks in Vicksburg and Warren County

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(photo courtesy K. Thompson and J. Riggs)

Warren Central quarterback Kentrick Thompson and Porter’s Chapel Academy quarterback Jace Riggs are the two top quarterbacks in Vicksburg and Warren County as of this week.

Thompson is leading statistically for the two public schools in the Vicksburg area. He has an overall of six touchdowns on the season, and the Vikings remain undefeated.

Riggs, who is in his first season as starting quarterback for the Eagles, is leading for the private schools in the area. He has made seven touchdowns, and PCA maintains a 4-4 record.

Both have stepped up for their teams this year, and each week they continue to improve.

Riggs and PCA will face Glenbrook this Friday at home starting at 7 p.m., and the Vikings have an off week.

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Sims racked up eight tackles in his college debut

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Vicksburg native and Hinds Community College football player Malik Sims made eight tackles in his college football debut Thursday night.

In the game against Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, Sims came in second with tackles for the Eagles as they lost 31-24 against the defending national championship team.

Sims was a key player in the game, and he was seen all over the field stopping defenders. He is mostly known for his great tackling ability, which started when he was a Warren Central Viking playing under head coach Josh Morgan.

Sims and the Eagles will be at home this coming Thursday as they face the Jones County CC Bobcats.

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