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Vicksburg High Gators take down the Madison Jaguars

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The Vicksburg High School Gators traveled to Madison last night to defeat the Madison Central High Jaguars in a tight ball game that came down to the last seconds.

Madison had the home-field advantage over the Gators, but it would not be enough to stop Vicksburg as the Gators won 61-58.

At halftime, the Gators trailed 38-27, and the Gators tried to find a spark on their offense coming into the third quarter. They outscored the Jaguars in the third quarter, but were still behind 50-43 at the beginning of the fourth quarter.

The Gators found their footing and really began to shine in the fourth quarter, only allowing the Jaguars to earn 8 points, and they secured the victory for Vicksburg.

Taylon Smith stepped up big for Vicksburg by scoring 12 points, three of them being 3-pointers. Peytin Jackson also had a great performance, scoring 12 points, six rebounds, and six assists. Senior Cameron Butler led the team with 14 points, five rebounds and six assists. He also hit the game winning shot as time expired.

The Gators travel to Lexington, Miss., to play Holmes County Central tomorrow at 7:30 p.m.

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Georgia hires Matt Luke

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Matt Luke. Photo from his Facebook page.

After being fired from Ole Miss, Matt Luke has found a new home with the University of Georgia.

Georgia announced his hiring today as the Bulldogs are getting ready to play Baylor in the Sugar Bowl on New Year’s Day.

Luke is taking on the jobs of assistant head coach and offensive lineman coach for Georgia.

Ole Miss fired Luke Dec. 1 after the Rebels lost to Mississippi State in the Egg Bowl. His record as head coach there was 15-21.

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Former Vicksburg sportsmen playing each other in the Armed Forces Bowl

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Former St. Aloysius football players Drake Dorbeck and DeMichael Harris both play with the USM Golden Eagles. Photos from Facebook.

Two former St. Aloysius football players and one former Vicksburg High standout will lead the way for the University of Southern Mississippi and Tulane University as they face each other in the Armed Forces Bowl.

The game will be held on Jan. 4, 2020, in Fort Worth, Texas. The Golden Eagles (7-5) and the Green Wave have not played each other since 2010, and both teams have suffered some unexpected losses this year.

Former St. Aloysius Flashes football player Drake Dorbeck will start at offensive tackle for the Golden Eagles in his last college football game. Dorbeck has become an aggressive line for USM over the past few years and is all set to make an impact on this game. He also helped the Flashes to a championship game in high school during his senior year.

DeMichael Harris is another former Flashes football player who will play running back and wide receiver for USM. Harris has impressed his coaches with his speed and athleticism over the past two years helping the Golden Eagles to a bowl game. Harris rushed for 3,649 yards and 47 touchdowns while at St. Aloysius.

Nick Anderson.

Tulane linebacker and former Vicksburg High standout Nick Anderson will help his team’s defense to try and shut down the Golden Eagles. This is Anderson’s first year at Tulane after transferring from Jones Community College. Anderson was a two-time defensive player of the year in Vicksburg where he was known for his great ability to hit any player who came his way.

The game will be exciting to see knowing that a few hometown sports heroes will be out there playing hard to win.

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Jalen Hurts leads a second team to the college playoffs

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Jalen Hurts. Photo from Facebook.

Just a year after losing his starting quarterback position to Tua Tagovailoa, former University of Alabama quarter back Jalen Hurts has led the University of Oklahoma Sooners to the College Football Playoffs.

In 2018 during his junior year , Hurts played behind Tagovailoa for most of the season. But, in the SEC Championship game that year, Hurts stepped in after Tagovailoa was injured and helped Alabama defeat Georgia.

After the 2018 season, Hurts announced that he would transfer to Oklahoma to play as a graduate transfer, as he graduated a year early from Alabama.

Hurts became the starter for Oklahoma this season putting up great stats and is now leading the Sooners to the playoffs. Hurts finished the season with 3,634 yards, 32 touchdowns and seven interceptions.

Oklahoma will play No. 1 Louisiana State University Dec. 28 in the Peach Bowl in Atlanta.

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