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Vicksburg Junior High Gators look to reclaim championship tonight

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The VJHS Gators practiced indoors yesterday in preparation of regaining a championship. Photo by Keith Phillips / Vicksburg Daily News

Vicksburg Junior High School has a chance to reclaim the little six football championship tonight against Brandon. Over the past few years, the Gators have pulled off winning seasons, and today, the gators are undefeated with a 7-0 record.

2005 was the last year VJHS claimed the title, and they are hungry to bring it back home. The Gators are well coached by Larry Carter who has overseen the program since 2008. Cameron Cooksey, who coaches mostly on the offensive side, holds multiple quarterback records in Warren County. Cooksey has passed the knowledge to young quarterback Ronnie Alexander who has led the Gators to where they want to be this season. Alexander has a great selection of wide receivers to throw to, such as Johnnie Smith and Christian Henderson who are his top targets on the field.

“I am overwhelmed with excitement, and we have worked one game at a time to make it here,” coach Carter said.

The Gators practiced indoors yesterday in preparation for tonight’s game. Photo by Keith Phillips / Vicksburg Daily News

The Gator defense seems to be the strength of the team because the highest their opponents have scored against them is eight points. Coach Chris Lacey leads the defense with players like Demarcus Johnson who leads the team in tackles, sacks and forced fumbles. The defense also has seventh grader Decorey Knight, who is making an impact on both sides of the ball.

The school has added an advanced physical education class that helps the Gators on the strength side with players such as running back Alex Jefferson, who once squatted 315 pounds.

The first time Brandon (6-1) and Vicksburg (7-0) met was in the third game of the season which resulted in the Gators winning 30-6. Coach Carter is expecting Brandon to be tougher than they were earlier in the season but is confident his team is ready for another win.

Carter is no stranger to championships. He helped Warren Central High School to a 1988 championship win and Howard University to college championship victory.

Vicksburg and Brandon will square off tonight at Vicksburg High School starting at 6 p.m.

 

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Saban tests positive for COVID-19 again

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Nick Saban has tested positive for COVID-19 a second time. (photo courtesy University of Alabama Athletics)

University of Alabama head football coach Nick Saban has tested positive again for COVID-19 and will miss Saturday’s game with Auburn.

“This morning we received notification that Coach Saban tested positive for COVID-19,” Dr. Jimmy Robinson and UA head trainer Jeff Allen said in a statement Wednesday morning. “He has very mild symptoms, so this test will not be categorized as a potential false positive. He will follow all appropriate guidelines and isolate at home.”

Saban also tested positive a little over a month ago shortly before the game with the University of Georgia ,but he was still able to coach that game.

Offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian will fill in for Saban in Saturday’s game against the Tigers while Saban quarantines.

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Bracey makes five 3-pointers and 18 points in Lady Vikings big win Tuesday

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(photo by Cedric Tillman)

Warren Central High School basketball player Alaila Bracey led the Lady Vikings in points Tuesday night in a victory over Picayune.

Bracey scored 18 points in the 2020 Picayune Basketball Tournament and helped her team to the big win. Fifteen of her 18 points came from the 3-point line as she continued to hit long shots in the 51-25 game.

Bracey’s teammates also had outstanding performances, putting impressive numbers. Zykerri Segrest scored 12 points, Jamaiya Sanders put up 9, and TaMya Sims scored 7.

Bracey and the Lady Vikings can celebrate Thanksgiving as champions. They play Vicksburg High School on Dec. 5.

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USM versus UAB football game canceled due to COVID-19 concerns

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USM's Golden Eagles (photo courtesy USM Athletics)

The University of Southern Mississippi football game against the University of Alabama-Birmingham has been canceled due to COVID-19.

The game, which was supposed to be held Friday, is called off because of COVID-19 infections within USM’s football program.

This will be the third game this season that the Golden Eagles have canceled or postponed, but they are still expected to play Friday, Dec. 3, against the University of Texas at El Paso.

The Golden Eagles have a 2-7 record, and they currently have no chance of making it to a bowl game this season.

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