VHS edges champs

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, November 29, 2000

Courtney Chapman scored the game’s only goal early in the second half and Viola Howard notched a shutout in goal as Vicksburg High blanked defending state champion Madison Central 1-0 Tuesday.

Chapman intercepted a pass off of a goal kick and scored from about 35 yards out in the fourth minute of the second half. Howard and the Missy Gators’ defense of Brandi Head, Leeann Feibelman, Laura Peyton and Kim Griffin made it hold up.

“It was a great, great team effort. Everyone played well, but especially the defense,” VHS coach Kevin Manton said.

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VHS hosts Callaway Thursday at 5:30 p.m.

(B) WC 7, Greenville 0

Warren Central routed Greenville, all but assuring the Vikings (3-2, 1-0 in division) a spot in the state playoffs. Seven Vikings scored and WC outshot the Hornets (1-2, 0-1) 31-0.

Ricky Pennington and Andy Hite each had a goal and an assist, A.J. Barnes had two assists and Todd Monsour, Daniel Sumrall, Greg Carroll, Mitch Crawford and Michael Smith each had a goal for WC.

With only three teams WC, Vicksburg and Greenville in the division, the Vikings can clinch a playoff spot with a VHS win over perennial doormat Greenville on Dec. 15. But WC coach Jay Harrison said his team won’t cruise through the rest of the season.

“We fight for first with Vicksburg every year, and that game’s not until January,” Harrison said.

(B) MC 5, VHS 1

Lane Campbell had the lone goal for the Gators (2-3) 10 minutes into the second half, but Madison Central was already up 5-0.

VHS was without starting goalie Bobby McComas, who came out with a head injury in the first half. Freshman backup Sean McGowan held the Jaguars to one goal in the second half.

“He came out and made a great save early in the second half and dominated after that,” VHS coach Josh Harper said. “It’s asking a lot of a freshman to step in against one of the best teams in the region.”

Harper said he took the blame for the loss.

“I threw in a scheme that worked for about eight minutes,” he said. “I was just outcoached.”