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Greatest on the Gridiron: ’55 Carr Central vs. ’84 Vicksburg

The Greatest on the Gridiron’s Eagles Region kicks off with a cross-generational showdown between two green-clad greats.

1955 Carr Central Greenies were Warren County’s first championship team, as winners of the Big 8 Conference — the equivalent of today’s Class 6A championship.

Led by running back Claude King (22 touchdowns in 1955); future Mississippi Sports Hall of Famer Richard Price; and head coach Mike Campbell, who later was a longtime assistant under Darrell Royal at the University of Texas, Carr Central held nine of its 11 opponents to seven points or less and did not have a game decided by less than nine points.

(1) 1955 Carr Central vs. (8) 1984 Vicksburg

  • 1984 Vicksburg (54%, 37 Votes)
  • 1955 Carr Central (46%, 32 Votes)

Total Voters: 69

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Nearly 30 years later, coach Jim Sizemore’s 1984 Gators won Vicksburg High’s first region championship in the MHSAA playoff era. Their calling card was a stingy defense that recorded five shutouts and held opponents to a total of 39 points in 10 regular-season games as the team reached the Class 4A semifinals. Among the Gators’ stars were 1,000-yard rusher Tony Hull and future College Football Hall of Famer Kevin Dent. Dent threw for more than 900 yards as a quarterback, and had five interceptions as a defensive back.

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 sports reporters in the paper's 137-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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