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Wilson Set For Final Title Push

There is a lot to like about Warren Central 2019 running back Corey Wilson.

Off the field, He’s very outgoing, hard working, humble, and has a kind infectious personality. On the gridiron, he is very competitive and represent’s the “WC” on his helmet the right way.

“Viking football means a lot to me, 11 Brothers giving it their all from the beginning to the end,” Wilson told SES Mississippi. “Viking football is based on team unity and respect on and off the field. Vikings football teaches you values that will make you strong willed in life. It means a lot for us to represent Warren Central.”

Wilson was the catalyst that made the Vikings go offensively last season. He had 1,355 all-purpose yards and 19 touchdowns.

“Well the offensive lineman played a big role in this past season’s results and they’ll play a another big role in this season coming up,” Wilson said.

All of those numbers came before suffering a devastating ACL injury in his team’s final game. That didn’t hold him back this offseason. Wilson recovered and is ready to lead the Vikings to Hattiesburg. His main motivation should aid him greatly during this fall.

“My teammates,” Wilson said. “I try to go all out every play. My elementary coach always told me that every time you touch the ball, make something happen, because you might not get it again. Therefore, I pass the message on to my teammates to try and be great every play no matter what type of adversity we are facing at that moment.”

Last season, the Vikings were the victim of some gut-wrenching losses during the regular season. They lost to the eventual 6A champion Pearl 28-21 in the final minutes of play, Northwest Rankin 38-31, and Madison Central 31-27 in double OT. They were that close to being undefeated at season’s end. However, they did defeat eventual region champion and 6A runner-up Starkville 23-0 in their own backyard.

In the first round of the playoffs, they upended previously unbeaten Tupelo 30-13 in the FloodZone. Their season came to an end in the following round to Madison Central, once again, in heartbreaking fashion. A last minute touchdown resulted in a 28-26 defeat.

All of this was played by a squad playing in the highest classification and perhaps the toughest region as well.

“6A football is the toughest division of football if you ask me. You have some top notch schools and some underdogs, but amongst all, it is still grown men football,” Wilson said.

There are key pieces back to make some noise and compete for a state title, something that the Vikings have not won since 1994. Wilson believes that the key to winning it all will come down to one simple objective.

“Warren Central wins a state championship if we play as one unit with the same goal in mind week to week,” Wilson said.

The Vikings will open up the 2018 season in the Red Carpet Bowl against Oxford at Vicksburg Memorial Stadium (Vicksburg High School). Kickoff is set for 5:30pm.

**Photo Courtesy of Keith Warren, MHSAA

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