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Will Tagovailoa or Hurts be more effective in the NFL?



Tua Tagovailoa and Jalen Hurts (Tagovailoa photo by the University of Alabama, CC BY 3.0, Hurts photo by Steve Cheng, Bruin Report - Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0,

With the NFL Draft day approaching on Thursday, many eyes will be on two particular players who were once teammates at the University of Alabama and who led their team to a national championship.

Tua Tagovailoa and Jalen Hurts both starred as quarterbacks at Alabama under head coach Nick Saben.

In 2017, Hurts was the starting quarterback while Tagovailoa was his backup as Alabama reached the championship game. Hurts was benched in the big game during overtime and Tagovailoa came in to seal the 26-23 victory over Georgia with a 41-yard touchdown pass to DeVonta Smith.

Tagovailoa became the starter in the 2018 season while Hurts adjusted to being the backup quarterback. In the final regular season game, Hurts stepped up to lead Alabama to a comeback victory against Georgia.

For the 2019 season, Hurts transferred to Oklahoma as a graduate transfer which made him eligible to play that season.

He led Oklahoma to a 12-2 record and an appearance in the college playoffs, and he finished the year with 32 touchdowns and eight interceptions.

Meanwhile, Tagovailoa led Alabama to a 11-2 season, and he finished with 33 touchdowns and three interceptions.

Both players have declared for the NFL Draft and both are expected to be drafted.

Tagovailoa and Hurts will definitely play on the next level but many fans are dying to see who will be the best once they arrive on their new teams.

Will it be Tagovailoa, who took Hurts’ starting spot at Alabama? Or will it be Hurts who proved his loyalty Alabama and still managed to give Oklahoma a great season?

The NFL season is set to start in September. The 2020 NFL draft begins on Thursday, April 23, and ends on Saturday, April 25.




Harvey scored 15 points to help the Vikings to a 46-18 win Thursday



Zion Harvey led the Vikings in points Thursday. (photo by Ced Tillman)

Warren Central ninth grade girls basketball team defeated Terry Thursday night in a huge 46-18 win.

Zion Harvey led the Lady Vikings in points, finishing the match with 15. She was also responsible for playing great defense as she almost outscored the Terry Bulldogs by herself.

Calise Henyard came behind Harvey in points with 12, contributing to the ladies winning the the ball game. Jennifer Smith also added 7 points.

The entire Vikings team showed up to handle business last night, and the Bulldogs were unable to stop the powerful offense the Vikings had to offer.

The Lady Vikings are now 8-2 and will be back in action next Thursday against crosstown rivals Vikings High School.

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Tommy Curtis III is the VDN Defensive Player of the Year



Tommy Curtis III (photo courtesy of Tommy Curtis Jr.)

Vicksburg High School football player Tommy Curtis III has been named the Vicksburg Daily News Defensive Player of the Year.

Curtis was granted the award due to his great senior season where he not only led the VHS Gators but the entire county in tackles. He finished the 2020 season with 103 tackles and two sacks.

Curtis thanked plenty of people for sticking with him along his football journey.

“First off, I would like to give thanks to God, my family, my coaches and most importantly my teammates for giving me the opportunity to lead our young team,” Curtis said. “I’ve came a long way with my journey playing for Vicksburg High School. This has been a great year full of adversity and excitement, and we battled until the end. This year has made each one of us better football players and young men. A scripture I live by is Philippians 4:13 which says, ‘I can do all things through Christ which strengthened me.’ I am grateful to be receiving this award, and I thank each one of you for giving me a chance to represent Vicksburg High School Gator Football.”

Curtis is a three-year starter for the Gators and has helped led the defense each season. He missed five games in his junior season and still managed to grab 50 tackles. Curtis was back healthy this season.

His best game this year was in a 23-22 win over South Pike where he racked up 11 tackles. He is known for his ability to break up any offense he goes up against and his ability to get to the ball carrier with no hesitation. He was recently named a region 2 5A first team all district player.

Curtis has not committed to any college or university, yet, but by early next year, he expects to have multiple offers to choose from.

Curtis is the first VDN Defensive Player of the Year, and he is the true definition of an hard working athlete.

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Vicksburg Junior High got revenge against Germantown in a 25-19 win



No. 8, MIncer Minor IV, takes a shot. (photo by Keith Phillips)

The Vicksburg Junior High Gators were able to get revenge against Germantown in a 25-19 victory Thursday night.

Michael Johnson led the Gators in points as he put up 9 on the night. He also had played great defense, finishing with multiple rebounds. The game mostly relied on both teams’ defense.

VJHS took a 13-7 halftime lead. Decorey Knight Jr came out hot in the second half as he hit a big 3-pointer. He finished the game with 6 points.

Mincer Minor IV stepped up big on defense and finished with 4 points.

VJHS now has a 8-1 record, and they got back at the Mavericks who beat them a couple of weeks ago.

The Gators won’t play again until Thursday, Dec. 10, when they travel to play county rivals Warren Central.

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