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Warren Central and Vicksburg High play tonight in the Red Carpet Bowl

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Vicksburg HIgh Gator Shakori Regan and Warren Central Viking Kentrick Thompson (Photos courtesy of the players)

One of the biggest high school football games in Vicksburg will be held Friday as the Warren Central Vikings host the Vicksburg High Gators in the annual Red Carpet Bowl.

Since the COVID-19 pandemic caused the first two games of their seasons to be canceled, both squads will have their season opener tonight in one of the biggest crosstown rivalry games. Both have played in scrimmages, and defense was the key in both matches. The Vikings scrimmaged against Holmes County Central last week while the Gators took on Hazlehurst.

Both VHS and WCHS are stacked with returning starters from last season who are eager to take the field tonight.

VHS is returning key players such as Tommy Curtis II, Michael Montgomery and quarterback Shakori Regan, along with many others. The Vikings are bringing back Taylon Smith, Kentrick Thompson and four starting offensive lineman from last year.

The Red Carpet Bowl is expected to be a great, hard fought game especially as the Gators are seeking their first winning season since 2017.

The Vikings are continuing under the leadership of head coach Josh Morgan while the Gators have a new coach, Todd McDaniel, who has a great track record with his former teams.

The Vicksburg Warren School District is limiting the number of fans who can watch the game live (see below); however, it will be streamed live on Facebook and YouTube and fans can tune in on the radio at 105.5 FM and 107.7 FM.

 

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Thompson and Riggs top quarterbacks in Vicksburg and Warren County

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(photo courtesy K. Thompson and J. Riggs)

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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Hall of Fame baseball player Joe Morgan dead at 77

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Joe Morgan (photo public domain)

Hall of Fame baseball player Joe Morgan died Sunday at the age of 77.

Morgan is best known for playing with the Cincinnati Reds where he helped the team win the World Series in 1975 and 1976. He played ball in the major leagues from 1963 to 1984, and he finished his career with the Oakland Athletics.

By the time he retired, he had a .271 batting average and had accumulated 2,517 hits, 1,133 RBIs and 689 stolen bases during his career.

After his retirement, Morgan became a sports broadcaster and worked with ESPN from 1990 to 2010. In 2010, he returned to the Reds and became an adviser to baseball operation.

Morgan’s death shocked the baseball world Monday morning. There has been no official announcement on the cause of his death although ESPN reported that he had struggled with various health issues in recent years, including a nerve condition, a form of polyneuropathy.

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