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Ridgeland rolls over, through Vicksburg

To keep their fading playoff hopes alive, the Vicksburg Gators needed to beat first-place Ridgeland and trigger a huge season-ending surge.

There’s still time for the surge, but it did not start against Ridgeland.

Quarterback Zy McDonald threw for 267 yards and three touchdowns, and added 40 yards and two more touchdowns on the ground as Ridgeland rolled past the Gators 61-7 on Friday at Memorial Stadium.

Ridgeland (7-1, 4-0 MHSAA Region 2-5A) won its fourth consecutive game and remained in first place in Region 2-5A. It has already surpassed last year’s win total and with Friday’s win assured itself of its first winning season since 2013.

Vicksburg (1-7, 0-4) lost for the sixth time in a row. It would need to win its last three games against Callaway, Canton and Holmes County Central, and get some help with other results, to have a chance at making the playoffs.

Vicksburg travels to Jackson next week to play Callaway in a Thursday night game.
Cedric Phillips broke off a 79-yard touchdown run for the Gators in the first half on Friday, and finished with 127 yards on 10 carries. The Gators as a team managed only 203 yards, however, while Ridgeland racked up 444.

VHS quarterback Sha’Kori Regan was 10-of-25 passing for 64 yards, with no touchdowns and three interceptions. Deandre McCalpin caught six passes for 33 yards.

Marvin Martin led Vicksburg’s defense with 10 tackles, and Lonell Earls had eight.

Ridgeland running back Markell Young ran for 81 yards and three touchdowns on 17 carries, while receiver Yamarus Banks caught six passes for 66 yards and two touchdowns. Devin Chambers had six receptions for 130 yards.

Ridgeland led 48-7 at halftime and finished one point shy of tying a school record set in a 62-34 win over Lanier in 2014.