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Stevenson’s final shots clinch the game for USM against Florida Atlantic

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Tyler Stephenson (photo from USM athletics)

Southern Miss won a big game against Florida Atlantic University in the final seconds last night.

The Golden Eagles defeated FAU 68-66 Thursday improving their record to 8-18 on the season.

LaDavius Draine and Tyler Stevenson led the Golden Eagles in the victory by making 16 points each.

USM was trailing at halftime by two points with a 33-31 score. The game remained close for the two teams all night and came to the final seconds of the game.

Sophomore Tyler Stevenson was fouled on an offensive rebound with the game tied 66-66. The foul sent him to the free-throw line for two shots, and Stevenson knocked down both of them to put the Golden Eagles up by two points, winning the game.

Stevenson struggled at the line most of the night going 2-for-6 before the two final shots.

USM will host Florida International University Saturday, Feb. 15 at 2 p.m.

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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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(Photo courtesy Taylen Smith)

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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