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Vicksburg Gators win against Warren Central Vikings 47-43

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Vicksburg High Gators,, in black, defend against the Warren Central Vikings.

The Vicksburg High varsity men’s basketball team defeated the Warren Central Vikings today in a heated rivalry.

The Gators (7-3), led by coach Kevin Carter, took the lead at the beginning of the game. Taylon Smith knocked down two big three-pointers for the Gators in the first quarter, helping Vicksburg gain a 16-7 lead by the end of the first quarter.

The Vikings’ Daniel Smothers also knocked down a big three-pointer before the quarter ended. Smothers would finish the game with 9 points.

The Vikings (6-4) played hard defense on the Gators by only allowing Vicksburg to score six points in the second quarter, while Warren Central scored nine to end the half with a 24-16 Gator lead.

By the fourth quarter, Taylon Smith took over the game again for the Gators by dropping seven points in the quarter. Smith ended the game with 14 points.

The Vikings attempted to make a comeback in the last few minutes but Vicksburg hit most of their free throws which secured the victory.

The Gators went on to win 47-43 against their cross town rivals. They will travel to Raymond next week, while the Vikings will remain at home against Brandon.

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Vicksburg hunter Patrick Southerland got his first deer this weekend

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Patrick Southerland (photo courtesy Brooke Southerland)

Vicksburg hunter Patrick Southerland killed his first deer this weekend in Warren County.

Southerland is 10 years old and a fourth grader at St. Francis Elementary School where he is known as a great student.

Southerland is also a football player for the St. Francis Flashes peewee football team and is well liked by his teammates and coaches.

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Brown helps Ole Miss to a 59-42 win over South Carolina

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Ben Brown (photo courtesy Ole Miss Athletics)

Vicksburg native and Ole Miss offensive lineman Ben Brown helped the Rebels to a 59-42 win over South Carolina Saturday.

Brown’s blocking allowed the Rebels offense to score 59 points, the highest score the team has put up all season. Brown started at center and was a key reason quarterback Matt Corral was protected enough to throw for six touchdowns in the big victory.

Brown is a junior at the University of Mississippi and is one of the Rebels best lineman in years. He is a 2017 graduate of St. Aloysius High School.

Ole Miss is now 3-4 and will face No. 5 Texas A&M Saturday.

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McDaniel and Sizemore finished successfully in their first season as head coaches

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VHS Gators Head Coach Todd McDaniel (photo )

Vicksburg High School football coach Todd McDaniel and St. Aloysius football coach Stacey Sizemore both finished with successful seasons in their first year at their schools.

McDaniel arrived at VHS earlier this year to help lead the Gator who hadn’t reached the playoffs since 2017.

The Gators had a rocky start in McDaniels first few games but the head coach quickly began turning things around as the offense got more and more comfortable with the wing-t running style.

The Gators were able to finish with a 4-8 season and ended up reaching the class 5A playoffs this season. McDaniel and the Gators will now begin weight room workouts to prepare for spring training.

Flashes Head Coach Stacey Sizemore (photo )

Sizemore got the head coaching job of the Flashes back in February and inherited a very young team that he was in charge of turning around.

The Flashes struggled in the beginning of the season and were unable to score a touchdown early in the year. Soon, St. Aloysius shocked Silliman Institute in a 38-0 shutout to give them their first win under Sizemore.

The Flashes went on the finish the season with a 4-7 record under Sizemore and they are now currently in off season training.

Both Sizemore and McDaniel have a long history and reputation of building successful programs at the schools which they have coached, and many fans will be supporting them as they are preparing for their second season.

 

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