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USM Golden Eagles struggling without Hopson

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Former Southern Miss coach Jay Hopson (Photo courtesy USM)

Since the resignation of University of Southern Mississippi head football coach Jay Hopson a few weeks ago, the Golden Eagles have been struggling.

Hopson, a Vicksburg native, was in his fifth season as head coach when he announced his resignation after the first game of the season where USM lost 32-21 against the University of South Alabama.

Hopson was able to maintain a winning season every year as the Golden Eagles head coach where he had a 28-23 coaching record.

USM is now 0-3 for the first time since 2013 after a 66-24 loss to Tulane University Saturday.

Hopson shocked the college football world in his first football game as USM’s head coach when he led the team to defeat the University of Kentucky in a 44-35 win. The loss of Hopson was a big blow to the Golden Eagles who hadn’t had great stability with a coach since the Larry Fedora days at USM. Hopson put the team back on track.

USM will face North Texas Saturday, and they are the underdogs yet again. It is not clear who will be the team’s next official head coach as no prospects have been mentioned. In the meantime, former co-defensive coordinator Scotty Walden, is filling in as interim head coach.

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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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