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Gators are now the district champs for the first time in 32 years



VHS football team: Photo by Keith Phillips
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Vicksburg High School football team are now the district champions for the first time since 1990 after a 14-0 win over Neshoba Central.

“Coming from the bottom and pulling off this big win is really sweet and I’m so happy for my kids and coaches because we’ve really worked hard for this,” Head Coach Todd McDaniel said. We now have our eyes set on the playoffs and continuing to keep working hard and earn more victories.”

Defense was definitely a factor in the Gators’ victory as the score would remain tied at zero throughout most of the first half. Malik Montgomery would breakout on a 20 yard run which would give VHS their first touchdown of the night while going into halftime up 6-0.

The Gators also suffered a big blow to their team early in the game when Demarcus Johnson went down due to an injury.

Coming out of halftime, VHS forced a three and  out with some good coverage by Jaleel Fleming. A high snap on a punt would put the Gators inside the 10 yard line but the VHS wouldn’t score from the opportunity.

Throughout the second half, both teams played hardcore defense with the score remaining 6-0 going into the fourth quarter.

Neshoba was able to pick up some first downs in the fourth quarter but VHS managed to always keep them out of the end zone as Caleb Bryant, Nick Mickey, and Dennis Battle all came up with some key stops.

Caleb Bryant and Kellen Washington

DeCorey Knight Jr. picked up a 45 yard run with just a few minutes left to play to get into Neshoba Central territory. Montgomery ended up grabbing another first down for VHS with 1:38 left to play.

On fourth & goal, Knight got in the end zone on a four yard run followed by a successful two point conversion from the sophomore running back.

VHS ended the night in celebration of the 14-0 win as they are now the district champions for the first time in 32years.

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