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YMCA league plays final flag football games

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The Vicksburg YMCA flag football league season ended Tuesday with multiple games being played at Sports Force Park.

The 8- and 9-year-olds battled it out while fighting for the best record in the league. Each team played seven games during the season. Family and friends watched as the kids learned the technique of football before entering the tackle league.

The Rockets faced off the Golden Eagles in the first game. The Golden Eagles  (5-2) came out hot by handing the ball off to Noah Bolton for a 60-yard touchdown. The Rockets could not get into the end zone during the game, which led the Golden Eagles to win 30-0.  The two teams played each other three weeks ago, and that game went into overtime. The Golden Eagles also won that game, 18-12.

The Giants went into action with the Flashes, which ended in a 24-0 Giants win. Coach Wayne Lynch that led the team to a 7-0 season, and the Giants are the only undefeated team in the league.

The Bears and Jaguars played the final game last night. The Jaguars have gotten better since the beginning of the season, but it was not enough to take down the Bears in the last game. It was Bears, 19-0, and a Jaguar loss .

By the end of the games, the young athletes left the ball park ready to sign up for the next sport: YMCA basketball.

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Vicksburg natives Butler and Harris play against each other for the second time this season

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DeMichael Harris and Malcolm Butler (photo courtesy of Rosie Harris)

Vicksburg natives DeMichael Harris and Malcolm Butler went head to head again Sunday night when the Indianapolis Colts took on the Tennessee Titans.

Butler led Titans to the 45-26 victory over the Colts, but both teams are having a great season.

Butler finished the game with 4 tackles and 1 interception for the Titans. Harris rushed one time for 2 yards and caught 1 pass for 1 yard for the Colts.

The two Vicksburg natives met for the first time last month when the Colts defeated the Titans 34-17, but this time it would be Butler and the Titans who took home the win.

DeMichael Harris and Malcolm Butler (courtesy of Rosie Harris)

After the big game, Butler and Harris posed for a picture which easily represents two guys from the same hometown playing the sport that they love.

 

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Deion Sanders coached high school to championship before leaving for JSU

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Jackson State University head coach Deion Sanders coached his final high school football game last night at Trinity Christian High School where they won the Texas Christian Athletic League Championship.

Sanders is the Tiger’s offensive coordinator and his son, Shedeur, is the team’s starting quarterback. They defeated the Heir Eagles Academy 59-28 to finish with a great 8-3 record.

Sanders posted members of his team on Twitter after the big win and showed how proud they are to be the champs.

Sanders also had three Vicksburg natives on the championship team who all contributed to winning the big game. Shardez Taylor, Marvin Martin Jr, and Quentin Pollard all had great performances this season for the Tigers.

Saturday’s game marked Sanders’ final game at Trinity. His focus is now on his new Jackson State football family. He was named head coach for JSU two months ago. He has already begun bringing in major recruits for Jackson State, including Shedeur who will be joining him next year.

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Former VJHS basketball coach King is now helping lead the PCA Lady Eagles

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DeAndre King (photo by Keith Phillips)

Former Vicksburg Junior High assistant basketball coach DeAndre King is now coaching at Porter’s Chapel Academy where he is assisting with the girls’ basketball team.

King began coaching in 2015 at VJHS under head coach Julius Williams. They led the Gators to win the Little Six Championship that year.

King coached under VJHS head basketball coach Jerdon Hardiman last year, finishing the season with a 18-1 record. He also helped the team reach the Little Six Championship that year, falling just short of victory to Clinton.

Now that King has made the move over to PCA, he is coaching under Casey Fisher and alongside Chandler Ellis. With King’s assistance, the Lady Eagles have been gaining much success this season.

King has now helped the Lady Eagles to a 4-2 record as they continue to grow and improve each week. The Eagles are  set to play against Deer Creek tomorrow at 6 p.m. at home.

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