WC rolls into Clinton showdown with win

Published 12:21 am Sunday, January 10, 2016

Warren Central will certainly face better teams than the ones it saw during its first homestand of the season — like, say, the one it’ll play Tuesday night — but it couldn’t have asked for a better outcome.

Braylen Greer had two goals and an assist, and Theodor Stang and John William Madison each scored twice as Warren Central steamrolled Greenville 10-0 on Saturday afternoon.

The Vikings outscored Vicksburg and Greenville 19-0 in sweeping their first two home games of the season Friday and Saturday. The blowouts allowed them to get everyone some playing and iron out a few wrinkles before they go on the road Tuesday to play Clinton (3-10-2) for the Division 4-6A championship.

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“I think we’re going to be ready. Mentally we’re ready, physically we’ve been doing well. The only thing might be if we can run with them on their big field,” Warren Central coach Greg Head said of the looming showdown with Clinton. “We’re ranked. We want to stay in the top 10. This is a pivotal game. We have a chance to win out the rest of the way, the way we’ve been playing, but it starts with Clinton.”

Warren Central (13-2-1, 1-0 Division 4-6A) has now won seven consecutive games and allowed one goal in that stretch. Greenville only put one shot on goal, and for all intents and purposes the game was over by the midway point of the first half.

Greer scored twice in the first eight minutes of the game, and assisted Nick Wright on another goal in the 20th minute that made it 4-0. Stang scored in the 15th minute for the Vikings’ other early goal.

Madison put in one more just before halftime to make it 5-0 and Stang scored on the other side of the break. The starters gave way to the substitutes not long after, and the ones that remained switched positions.

Starting goal keeper Brian McHan moved into the field and scored on a nifty header off a corner kick from Karsten Keyes in the 68th minute. Elliott Stockett, a senior defender, tacked on another goal in the 79th minute.

It was the first goal of the season for McHan, and the second for Stockett.

Graham Tweedle also had a goal. Hank Holdiness had two assists, while Max Wamsley, Sean Dixon, Keyes and Josh Griffen had one each.

“It’s good practice for us. We’re working to get better for Clinton and to try to win district,” Greer said. “We wanted to get a good lead and then practice moving the ball around.”


(G) WC 9, Greenville 0

Sophomore Katelyn Morson had two goals, and seven other players scored one each as Warren Central (7-5-1, 1-0 Division 4-6A) pummeled hapless Greenville.

Macy Claire Joseph, Laney Smith and Cassidy Lumpkin each had a goal and an assist for the Lady Vikes. Other goal scorers were Lauren Summerlin, Hailey Gardner, and eighth graders Allie Barnes and Abby Claire Fuller.

Amanda Boleware had an assist.

Greenville did not have a shot on goal.


(G) VHS 6, Magee 0

Mikayla Banks scored five goals to lead Vicksburg High to a victory in its first game in more than a month. The Missy Gators were forced to cancel their last four games as part of penalties handed down by the Mississippi High School Activities Association stemming from an incident in a game against Murrah on Dec. 4.

Jade Douglas had a goal and an assist for Vicksburg, which will host Ridgeland Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. Vicksburg and Ridgeland are the only two teams in Division 4-5A, so the winner of Tuesday’s game will be the division champion and the loser will still earn a playoff berth.


(B) Magee 5, VHS 1

Chance Williams scored off an assist from Rashad Fisher, but it wasn’t enough for Vicksburg (1-7-3) as it lost its seventh consecutive game. The Gators have been outscored 34-2 in four games since New Year’s.

About Ernest Bowker

Ernest Bowker is The Vicksburg Post's sports editor. He has been a member of The Vicksburg Post's sports staff since 1998, making him one of the longest-tenured reporters in the paper's 140-year history. The New Jersey native is a graduate of LSU. In his career, he has won more than 50 awards from the Mississippi Press Association and Associated Press for his coverage of local sports in Vicksburg.

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