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Gators remain undefeated in district play after defeating Ridgeland 42-20



VHS football: Photo by Larry Walker
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Vicksburg High School football team crushed Ridgeland 42-20 on Friday to remain undefeated in district play.

“I’m extremely proud of how we played fundamental football,” Head Coach Todd McDaniel said. We scored on our first five possessions and defense went out and handled things like they always do.”

Johnny Smith got the first score of the night for VHS on a eight yard run from a 55-yard drive.

The Gators would soon score again after a bobbled punt which eventually led to a 11-yard score by Tyler Henderson.

Early in the second quarter, the Gators went up 20-0 after a eight yard touchdown by DeCorey Knight Jr.

With seven minutes left in the half, Ronnie Alexander hit Tyler Henderson for a 42-yard touchdown pass to push the score to 26-0.

After a 33-yard pickup, the Titans would score on a quarterback scramble to put things at 26-7.

On kickoff return, KD Sims got VHS some nice field possession by taking it 51 yards down the field. Malik Montgomery picked up 23 yards on the next play which led to DeCorey Knight getting the touchdown. Alexander would hit Sims for the two-point conversion with VHS leading 34-7.

The Gator defense continued to shutdown the Titans’ offense which put the offense back on the field after Demarcus Johnson punished the quarterback followed by a interception by Dennis Battle where he took it inside the five yard line.

After Alexander hit Henderson for a short pass, Montgomery finished the drive off with a short score along with a successful two-point conversion as VHS led 42-7.

Coming out of halftime, the game was on a running clock as Battle, Keegan Ware, and Kellen Washington made some key stops.

Knight came out quickly picking up a 23-yard run. Mikey Johnson slung a long pass to Smith which was dropped that prevented a Gator touchdown.

The running clock would continue as Ridgeland picked up a short touchdown to put the score at 42-14. They would pick up one more score by the end of the night but VHS still took the 42-20 win.

“I felt we played good and we did all the little things right so that really helped us out a lot,” Henderson said.

Mincer Minor IV took some handoffs late in the game and picked up some positive yards.

VHS is now on a six game winning streak as they sit at 6-2 and 6-0 in district play.

The Gators will host Neshoba Central on Friday.


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