Ad Spot

Clinton nips Warren Central on the soccer pitch

Through 160 minutes of soccer and a few penalty kicks, Warren Central and Clinton showed that the difference between them on any given day was whoever took advantage of one extra lucky break.

On Tuesday, that happened to be Clinton.

Clinton’s Tanner Jones scooted a shot across the face of the goal, past the keeper and into the net, in the 28th minute Tuesday. It was the game’s first goal, and stood up as the only one, as the Arrows beat Warren Central 1-0 at Sports Force Parks.

“We had chances to put it in and we just couldn’t even hit the frame. I don’t what that problem is because we’ve usually been shooting pretty good,” Warren Central coach Greg Head said. “We had chances to score and we just couldn’t finish them. It’s going to happen. We’re going to have nights like this. We just have to come back Friday and work a little harder.”

Warren Central (13-3-1, 2-1 Region 4-6A) and Clinton (8-5-2, 2-2) played to a 3-3 tie on Dec. 8 — Warren Central won in a penalty kick shootout — and were just as evenly matched in their second meeting.

Each side had plenty of chances to score, but the defenses and keepers Ben Vroman of WC and Price Nixon of Clinton made several spectacular and many more mundane saves of the shots that slipped through to keep it a low-scoring game.

The only crack in the armor on either side came in the 28th minute. With the ball deep in Warren Central’s end, Clinton’s Hayden Wolfe sent a cross from the right side of the box to the left. Jones got it and took a wide angle with his shot to get it past the diving Vroman and just inside the right post.

Clinton missed a half-dozen opportunities to extend the lead over the last 52 minutes, about as many as Warren Central missed to tie it. The Vikings pressured right up until the end, when Brandon Gilliam’s breakaway chance went wide with a minute to go and a corner kick just before the final whistle amounted to nothing.

Head was pleased with his team’s defensive effort.

“We did better (than the first game),” Head said. “But I think we should have been able to score a goal. It happens. We’re just going to have to work on finishing.”

Despite the loss, the Vikings remained in control of the Region 4-6A championship race. Because of their earlier win over Clinton and this one-goal loss, the teams are tied on their head-to-head goal differential that is the first tiebreaker. Warren Central also has more region games remaining than Clinton, which means more opportunities to control its path.

“Right now we’re in better standing than (Clinton) because they lost to Murrah and we’ve still got to play Murrah one more time. We’re still in good standing to make the playoffs, and if we can beat Madison Central at least once then we have a good chance of winning the district,” Head said. “So we’ve got it set up where we have a good chance to either win the district or make the playoffs. We’ve got to do a little bit better than we did tonight.”

The next leg of the journey comes Friday, with a road game at Madison Central (4-2-1, 0-1). Madison Central has beaten Warren Central five consecutive times since 2012, but with the teams in Region 4-6A seemingly evenly-matched this season, Head believes it might be time to end the streak.

“All four teams in this district are evenly matched. If we’re going to beat Madison, this is our chance,” he said. “We’ve got two chances to beat them, and we’ve only got to beat them once.”

Tuesday’s girls’ game between Warren Central and Clinton was postponed because of COVID-19 issues among Warren Central’s players. No makeup date was announced.

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.

email author More by Ernest

Crime

U-Haul car dolly stolen from Tri-State Tire

Local

Warren County Supervisors to establish roadwork database

Crime

Rolling Fork Man Charged with Arson

Local

USACE Vicksburg District holds annual Engineers Day Awards Ceremony

Crime

Two charged with murder following shooting death in Kings

Local

Fire call at Sherman Elementary School proves to be false alarm

Crime

Vicksburg Police report five weekend auto burglaries, three guns stolen

Crime

Vicksburg Police arrest Jackson man for possession of a weapon by a felon

Crime

Vicksburg man arrested for possession of meth, other drugs

Crime

Man found shot in Kings, Vicksburg’s second homicide of 2021

Local

Mississippi school districts targeted by ransomware attacks

News

The rise of independent elected officials in Mississippi

Business

Out And About: Vicksburg Warren Chamber of Commerce welcomes Sand Lot of Vicksburg

Faith

Caring for Caretakers: Support group provides help for Alzheimer’s caregivers at Crawford Street United Methodist Church

Local

Warren County Sheriff recalls Eagle Lake evacuation during 2011 Mississippi River Flood

Local

10 Years Later: 2011 flood had record crest, forced people from homes, proved flood controls worked

Crime

Vicksburg Warren School District reports cyberattack

Crime

Vicksburg Police respond to two auto burglaries

Crime

Vicksburg Man Arrested for Felony DUI

Local

Troy Kimble accepts deputy chief position for Vicksburg homicide/gang unit

Local

Army Corps Official to Hyde-Smith: Yazoo Pumps aligned with ‘environmental justice’ goals

Business

A legacy of service: Rocket Taxi Cab Company marks 70 years in business

Local

City of Vicksburg to apply for grant to start work on new port

Local

Vicksburg Mayor, Aldermen approve homicide and gang unit; Flaggs wants Kimble to lead it