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Warren Central football team returning four offensive lineman

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Colt Lee, Kevin Miller and Dontae Bell. Not pictured, Charles Holmes. (Photo by Ced Jackson)

The Warren Central High School Vikings football team is returning four out of five starting offensive lineman from last season to lead its offense.

Charles Holmes

Returning in the front lines for the Vikings this season are Colt Lee, Dontae Bell, Charles Holmes and Kevin Miller. All four lineman will be juniors this season and were responsible for protecting quarterback Parker Kivett on the field last season .

With four starters returning to the offensive line, it gives the Viking coaches confidence that they will have plenty of protection up front this season.

“I feel that they have grown to become not only better players, but better leaders as well,” said Ced Jackson, assistant offensive lineman coach. “They understand what we mean when we say the game is either won or lost in the trenches. I have full confidence in them.”

The Vikings should also have a great running game this season with the return of Kentrick Thompson who rushed for 573 yards last season. He will now be behind the four experienced offensive linemen who are eager to hit the football field.

WC mainly ran the ball last season, but with lineman like Holmes, Miller, Lee and Bell, it wouldn’t surprise fans if they began throwing the ball more than usual due to their great offensive protection.

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Former WC player Vertez Shorter got his second sack of the season Thursday

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(photo courtesy Hinds CC Athletics)

Former Warren Central football player Vertez Shorter picked up his second sack of the season Thursday for Hinds Community College in the game against Jones Community College.

Shorter, who is in his sophomore season, was able to get to the quarterback for a big stop in Hinds 18-16 win. His first sack came last week against Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.

Shorter is gaining plenty of playing time this season at defensive tackle for the Eagles who now have a 1-1 record. He is a 2019 graduate of Warren Central High School and gained 72 tackles and four sacks in the 2019 season.

Shorter and the Eagles will be at home next week as they play Itawamba Community College at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22.

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Former St. Al player Connor Smith kicked the game-winning field goal Thursday

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(photo courtesy Hinds CC Athletics)

Former St. Aloysius football player Connor Smith made four big field goals for Hinds Community College Thursday night, including the one that clinched the win.

Smith’s first score was a 25-yard field goal in the first half of the game to put the Eagles on the scoreboard. Later, he knocked down 20- and 24-yard field goals, even as the Eagles trailed the Jones County Bobcats 16-15 in the fourth quarter.

Smith’s final field goal of the night was the one that helped the Eagles bring home an 18-16 win. He kicked a 25 yarder as time expired, giving Hinds its first victory of the season.

Smith is a 2019 graduate of St. Aloysius and is playing in his final season for the Eagles.

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32nd Annual Over the River Run Saturday

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Over the River Run (Photo source SCHF)

The Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation is excited to present the 32nd Annual Over the River Run.

The Foundation along with sponsors and volunteers present this special community event. The 5 mile running and walking race will take place Saturday, Oct. 17, at 8 a.m. and begins at the Old Mississippi River Bridge located at Interstate 20 and Washington Street.

Register online to run or walk on RaceRoster.com. Entry fees are $35 and $40. Family entries are available as well as virtual runners.

COVID-19 precautions will be put into place to protect participants, volunteers and spectators, including a limit of 400 entrants. SCHF hopes everyone appreciates these efforts and follows the guidelines to help protect the well-being of those who are gathering.

For more information and updates, visit the SCHF website or the event Facebook page.

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