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Vicksburg native William Prince develops athletes at Southern Miss

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Vicksburg native and former Warren Central star football player William Prince continues to make an impact on college athletes as he enters his third season as assistant strength and conditioning coach at the University of Southern Mississippi.

Prince is a graduate of Warren Central High School where he had 2,367 rushing yards in his three varsity years. He went on to star at Mississippi State University where he started all four years and scored 15 touchdowns.

Before he joined USM’s coaching staff, Prince worked as a strength and conditioning coach at Alcorn State University under then head coach Jay Hopson. In his four years with the Braves, Prince helped lead the team to two SWAC Champions in 2014 and 2015.

Prince joined Southern Miss five years ago as special assistant to head coach Hopson who had moved to USM. As assistant strength and conditioning coach, he is in charge of developing the Golden Eagles into better players through running and weightlifting.

The Golden Eagles play their season opener Thursday against South Alabama at 8 p.m.

 

 

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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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