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Player Spotlight: Curtis returns an 85-yard touchdown and is ready to lead the Gator defense

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Tommy Curtis III (photo courtesy of Tommy Curtis Jr.)

Vicksburg High School football player Tommy Curtis III returned an 85-yard interception back for a touchdown Friday in a scrimmage against Hazlehurst High School.

Curtis will be one of the starting linebackers this year for the Gators. He suffered injuries in the past that cut his seasons short in the last two years. Last season he started five games for VHS, and he racked up 50 tackles, averaging 10 per game, before his season ended due to an injury.

Starting since his sophomore year, Curtis is healthy and ready to lead the Gators to success in his senior year and already making an impact on the team. He will be wearing No. 3 this season under the leadership of new VHS head coach Todd McDaniel and new defensive coordinator Chris Lacey.

The Curtis name is no stranger to VHS football He is the son of former VHS quarterback Tommy “Air” Curtis.

The Gators will have their first game of the season Friday against the Warren Central Vikings at 7 p.m.

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