The word “focus” has been used a lot over the last couple of weeks when discussing the Petal Panthers, and head coach Marcus Boyles said his team, especially his starters, did what they had to do last week against a winless Jim Hill team to come home with another region win.
The Presbyterian Christian Bobcats are in a slightly different position at this point in the season compared to last year. They’re 5-4 instead of 9-0, but only one loss was by more than 10 points. In fact, two of the four losses were by one possession.
Hattiesburg coach Lauren Smith took over a volleyball program that hasn’t made the playoffs since 2013, but in her first year at the helm, she now has the Lady Tigers 17-4 overall with a district title after a 7-16 season in 2016.
Can you believe it? We are just three short weeks – two for our 4A teams – away from the postseason. I’ve written it a couple of times, but this season has flown by too quickly.
With just a few games left in the regular season, let’s see where our area teams stand in the playoff hunt, shall we?
HATTIESBURG – Southern Miss did get the win over the winless UTEP Miners, but it wasn’t pretty.
The Golden Eagles’ offense missed three great scoring opportunities in the first half, but thanks to the USM defense, the 24-0 score was good enough to push USM’s record to 4-2 overall and 2-1 in Conference USA.
HATTIESBURG – Lumberton coach Zach Jones was unhappy with his team’s start to Friday’s game with Sacred Heart, and he said that’s an understatement.
In fact, he wouldn’t say what was said in the locker room at halftime, but whatever it was, it worked because Lumberton finished strong to take down Sacred Heart 44-7.
On this week’s episode of The PineBeltSPORTS Podcast Lumberton coach Zach Jones and Petal wide receiver Trent Williams join the show for separate interview.
Southern Miss celebrated a big win last week and hopes to celebrate again this week when it hosts UTEP in its 81st homecoming football game.
Last week, the Golden Eagles came from behind to beat previously undefeated UTSA 31-29 in San Antonio, Texas, in a game in which Keon Howard quarterbacked in place of the injured Kwadra Griggs.