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Vicksburg native Jay Hopson entering fifth season as USM’s head coach

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Golden Eagles coach Jay Hopson (Photo courtesy USM Athletics)

Vicksburg native Jay Hopson is gearing up for his fifth season as the University of Southern Mississippi’s head football coach.

USM had quite a few schedule changes this summer as some of their opponents pushed back fall sports until the spring, but the Golden Eagles will battle the University of South Alabama Jaguars Thursday, and Hopson is preparing the team for its season opener in Hattiesburg.

Before coming to USM in 2016, Hopson spent four years at Alcorn State University where he led the Braves to two SWAC Championships.

He started his head coaching job at USM in 2016, and he shocked the college football world in leading the Golden Eagles to a 44-35 victory over the University of Kentucky in his first game as head coach. He finished that first season with a 7-6 record and a bowl game victory over Louisiana-Lafayette.

Hopson has a 28-22 record as USM’s head coach and an overall 60-39 head coaching record.

This season, he is bringing back some key starters from last year’s squad including quarterback Jack Abraham who will lead the offense this year. Hopson is looking forward to having a big year beginning Thursday.

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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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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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