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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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Georgia hires Matt Luke

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Matt Luke. Photo from his Facebook page.

After being fired from Ole Miss, Matt Luke has found a new home with the University of Georgia.

Georgia announced his hiring today as the Bulldogs are getting ready to play Baylor in the Sugar Bowl on New Year’s Day.

Luke is taking on the jobs of assistant head coach and offensive lineman coach for Georgia.

Ole Miss fired Luke Dec. 1 after the Rebels lost to Mississippi State in the Egg Bowl. His record as head coach there was 15-21.

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Former Vicksburg sportsmen playing each other in the Armed Forces Bowl

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Former St. Aloysius football players Drake Dorbeck and DeMichael Harris both play with the USM Golden Eagles. Photos from Facebook.

Two former St. Aloysius football players and one former Vicksburg High standout will lead the way for the University of Southern Mississippi and Tulane University as they face each other in the Armed Forces Bowl.

The game will be held on Jan. 4, 2020, in Fort Worth, Texas. The Golden Eagles (7-5) and the Green Wave have not played each other since 2010, and both teams have suffered some unexpected losses this year.

Former St. Aloysius Flashes football player Drake Dorbeck will start at offensive tackle for the Golden Eagles in his last college football game. Dorbeck has become an aggressive line for USM over the past few years and is all set to make an impact on this game. He also helped the Flashes to a championship game in high school during his senior year.

DeMichael Harris is another former Flashes football player who will play running back and wide receiver for USM. Harris has impressed his coaches with his speed and athleticism over the past two years helping the Golden Eagles to a bowl game. Harris rushed for 3,649 yards and 47 touchdowns while at St. Aloysius.

Nick Anderson.

Tulane linebacker and former Vicksburg High standout Nick Anderson will help his team’s defense to try and shut down the Golden Eagles. This is Anderson’s first year at Tulane after transferring from Jones Community College. Anderson was a two-time defensive player of the year in Vicksburg where he was known for his great ability to hit any player who came his way.

The game will be exciting to see knowing that a few hometown sports heroes will be out there playing hard to win.

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Jalen Hurts leads a second team to the college playoffs

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Jalen Hurts. Photo from Facebook.

Just a year after losing his starting quarterback position to Tua Tagovailoa, former University of Alabama quarter back Jalen Hurts has led the University of Oklahoma Sooners to the College Football Playoffs.

In 2018 during his junior year , Hurts played behind Tagovailoa for most of the season. But, in the SEC Championship game that year, Hurts stepped in after Tagovailoa was injured and helped Alabama defeat Georgia.

After the 2018 season, Hurts announced that he would transfer to Oklahoma to play as a graduate transfer, as he graduated a year early from Alabama.

Hurts became the starter for Oklahoma this season putting up great stats and is now leading the Sooners to the playoffs. Hurts finished the season with 3,634 yards, 32 touchdowns and seven interceptions.

Oklahoma will play No. 1 Louisiana State University Dec. 28 in the Peach Bowl in Atlanta.

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