Vicksburg drops to 0-9 after Murrah loss

Published 12:00 am Saturday, October 24, 2009

From staff reports

Vicksburg’s long season hit another low point on Friday night.

The Gators remained winless on the season, suffering a 27-7 defeat at the hands of Murrah at Newell Field in Jackson.

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The Gators fell to 0-9 with the loss and inched closer to an unwanted milestone. They must win one of its last two games, either next week at Warren Central or in the season finale at home against Clinton, to avoid becoming the first Vicksburg High team since 1952 to go winless on the season.

Regardless of the outcome of those two games, this will still be VHS’ worst season since going 2-8 in 1969.

Trinity 38, Tallulah 19

R.J. Fleming scored three touchdowns, including two in the last two minutes of the first half, as Trinity blew open a close game and cruised to a win over Tallulah Academy.

The victory snapped a three-game losing streak for Trinity (6-3, 3-0 District 6-A) and wrapped up the district title for the Saints. Tallulah (6-4, 1-1) will play Briarfield next week, with the winner claiming the district’s second and final playoff spot and the loser going home.

“This one was for a district championship. This one next Friday night is to go to the playoffs,” Tallulah coach John Weaver said. “The team that’s better on Friday night is going to go.”

Tallulah fell behind 12-0 in the first quarter against Trinity, but took the lead on an 11-yard TD run by CoCo Isaac and a 48-yard TD pass from Jes Shivers to John Robert Fortenberry. A fake punt by the Trojans failed, however, and Fleming punched in a 1-yard TD run with 1:59 to play in the first half and another with 9 seconds left to make it 24-13. Brandon Daggs scored on a 3-yard run with 8:39 left in the third quarter to put Trinity up by three scores.

Shivers scored on a 4-yard run in the third quarter, but Tallulah was never able to get back in the game.

Shivers finished 6-of-11 passing for 125 yards, with one touchdown and one interception, and the one score on the ground. Fleming had only 63 yards but scored the three touchdowns, while Daggs had 89 yards and two touchdowns on the ground for Trinity.

Briarfield 42, Claiborne 15

Briarfield quarterback Jacob Hopkins ran for 328 yards and five touchdowns to lead the Rebels (8-1) in a rout of Claiborne (3-6).

Hopkins scored on runs of 1, 51, 4, 80 and 86 yards. He carried the ball only 17 times, leading a Briarfield rushing attack that piled up 476 yards. Wyly Brown added a 22-yard TD run in the fourth quarter to cap the night for Briarfield.

Copper Suggs ran for a touchdown and caught a 20-yard TD pass for Claiborne.

Puckett 39, Hinds AHS 0

Jeremy Palmer scored three touchdowns to lead Puckett past the War Dawgs. Palmer scored on runs of 6, 21 and 45 yards. Carvin Bailey and Rashad Mays had the Wolves’ other scores.