Chaos ensues after Gators’ win

Published 10:50 am Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Vicksburg's Tyra Prentiss heads the ball against McLaurin Tuesday night at Memorial Stadium. (Justin Sellers/The Vicksburg Post)

Vicksburg’s Tyra Prentiss heads the ball against McLaurin Tuesday night at Memorial Stadium. (Justin Sellers/The Vicksburg Post)

Tempers flared and coaches flew after Vicksburg’s 2-0 win over McLaurin at Memorial Stadium on Tuesday night.

When the final whistle sounded and the two teams were shaking hands at midfield, words were exchanged between players from both teams before a scuffle broke out on the playing field.

A McLaurin player apparently slammed one of his coaches to the ground as he was being led away from the field, and there was shouting and isolated shoves from both teams. A McLaurin player seemed to strike a Vicksburg administrator who was attempting to break up the two teams, but it did not appear that any Gator players threw a punch. Order was soon restored once the teams were separated and it did not immediately appear that any injuries were involved.

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“I know that there was some chippiness and talking and mouthing going on,” Vicksburg coach Michael Guidry said. “I don’t know what happened at the end of the line there. I just know that it involved our game administrator, our assistant principal. It’s an ugly way to end the game.”

The exchange happened moments after Vicksburg sealed the win with Greg Hayden’s goal in the waning seconds of the match.

“You hate that that happens, but tensions can be high in a close game like this,” Guidry said. “The refs were there. They saw everything. Other than what (punishment) was given in the game, they haven’t mentioned anything outside of that. Now if this goes up, the administration will handle it because it happened off the field of play.”

Jarod Squire struck first for Vicksburg (2-4) with 10 minutes remaining in the first half when he took a touch off a set piece and buried it in the back of the net.

“We needed it. We definitely needed it,” Guidry said. “It’s good to come home and both the boys and girls get a win. It was definitely a nice momentum builder heading into Thanksgiving break.”

(G) Vicksburg 4, McLaurin 1

Mikayla Banks had a hat trick and Haleigh Erwin recorded two assists as the Missy Gators dominated McLaurin. Vicksburg controlled possession for most of the contest and created dozens of scoring chances. It ended the night with 39 shots on goal, 13 of which were by Banks.

“Mikayla’s at her best with her hat trick,” VHS coach Karen Carroll said. “I think that’s good. Unfortunately we didn’t get a couple of others involved.”

The Missy Gators (2-1) broke the ice with 8:30 left in the first half when Banks won a ball in the box and drove a volley past McLaurin’s keeper. The senior struck again in the second half with a score off a nice turn from Erwin’s pass outside the 18, and completed the hat trick with a strike past the keeper late in the game. The Tigers notched a goal in the second half with 6 minutes to go.

(G) Warren Central 5, Terry 1

Amanda Boleware and Macy Claire Joseph scored two goals apiece to lead Warren Central (2-2) past Terry.

Taylor Smith had the Lady Vikes’ other goal, and keeper Brooke Patterson made five saves. Warren Central outshot Terry 18-6.

(B) Warren Central 1, Terry 1

Nick Wright scored late in the second half to help Warren Central (3-0-2) salvage a tie with Terry.