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Gators make a big statement in a 41-6 win over Canton



VHS defeats Canton
DeCorey Knight Jr: Photo by Ced Tillman
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Vicksburg High School football team opened up district play on Friday against Canton and came out with a 41-6.

“We came out real flat but we made some productive plays in the second half and I’m satisfied with the overall performance,” VHS Head Coach Todd McDaniel said.

The Gators came out running heavy until Ronnie Alexander hit Johnny Smith for a 45 yard touchdown pass and extra point by Bobby Taylor.

After a horse collar penalty, Canton began moving the ball down the field as the Gators attempted to make a stop. Kellen Washington was able to make a sack before the drive was over.

Canton eventually got a 34 yard run which was followed by a one yard touchdown to put the score at 7-6 after a failed two-point conversion.

On 3rd & 6, DeCorey Knight Jr hit them with a 48 yard run but the Gators failed to score after a penalty set them back. The Gator defense managed to stay in order as Demarcus Johnson also grabbed a sack along with Caleb Bryant.

The Gators came out in the second quarter and fed Knight the football but it was Smith who ran it in from 13 yards out to put VHS up 14-6 which would end up being the halftime score.

VHS forced a three and out in the opening of the second half which set up Alexander throwing a 48 yard touchdown to Knight.

The second half consisted of nothing but VHS handling business by gaining multiple stops on defense and big yardage on offense. Shortly after Collin Johnson broke out on a run, Malik Montgomery scored from 10 yards out with 30 seconds left in the third quarter with a score of 28-6.

Wally Curry would also get a sack in the fourth quarter.

A blocked punt by the Gators would put them on the three yard line which set up a touchdown pass from Alexander to Tyler Henderson.

Before the game was over, Mincer Minor IV picked up some big yards on a run and Johnson eventually finished things on the next play with the final touchdown.

“I feel we played good especially in the second half we fought with much more intensity,” Knight said.

Stats will be uploaded shortly.

VHS will travel to Forest Hill on Friday.

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