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Montgomery and Hill ready to lead the Gators



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Malik Montgomery and KJ Hill: Photo by Richard Miller
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Vicksburg High School football players Korzabian Hill and Malik Montgomery are ready to cause trouble on the football field in 2023.

KJ Hill:

KJ Hill, a four-year starter on the offensive line, is one of the Gators’ lead blockers returning this season as he envisions a bright future for the 2023 season.

“I’m feeling pretty good, and I know we’ll be going far just like we did last year,” Hill said. “We just got to stay focused and keep God first.”

Hill was a key contributor in 2022 as VHS had three running backs rushing for over 1,000 yards with the help of his aggressive blocking. One of his best performances was against Holmes County Central, where he had eight pancakes in a 32-16 win.

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KJ Hill: Photo by Richard Miller

VHS had a memorable season last year by reaching the third round of the playoffs, but Hill sees an even greater year in 2023.

“Our goal is to go further than last year and trusting to get this ring,” Hill said.

Hill will work heavily under his position coach, Andre Bennett, who has taken over as the offensive coordinator.

“I’m very blessed to learn after Coach Bennett and I’m glad he’s staying here and he’ll get us to the next level,” Hill added.

Malik Montgomery:

Rising senior Malik Montgomery was one of the most feared young men running the football last year as he is now ready to help VHS reach new heights.

“I’m definitely ready for this upcoming season and we got to capitalize off what we did last year and use that momentum to take us all the way,” Montgomery said.

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Malik Montgomery: Photo by Richard Miller

Montgomery reminisced that playing Neshoba Central and Cleveland Central was to of his top performances as a junior in 2022. He would eventually become the All-District 5A Region 2 Offensive Player of the Year.

“Those were really hard fought games because I had to ground and pound but my offensive line played a really big roll,” Montgomery said.

Montgomery had 1,147 rushing yards and 17 touchdowns in 2022 and now has scholarship offers from Grambling State University, Lane College, and Mississippi Valley State University, along with multiple Juco offers. He is now mostly training with his position coach, Decorey Knight Sr., as he also envisions another big year for VHS.

“A state championship is always the main goal and we won’t stop until we get there,” Montgomery said.


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