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HEIDELBERG – The Lumberton Panthers are coming off a huge win over a 4A program, but they don’t have time to rest on their laurels. The Panthers (2-0) travel to Heidelberg this week, a team that beat 5A Wingfield on the road in Week 1 and nearly pulled off a win at Southeast Lauderdale last week.
We’re a couple of weeks into the season and I’ve seen five of our eight teams, so I thought I’d share some thoughts on what I’ve seen or heard so far. I’ve separated this column into four separate topics that have caught my attention so far this young season.
First down: The undefeated teams in the area
LAUREL – Last week, Hattiesburg senior linebacker Dexter Jordan sat on the sidelines against Petal with his No. 8 jersey on, but without shoulder pads or a helmet. He had just rejoined the team after not playing his junior season, and was held out of the game because he just started practice that week.
After Oak Grove began the season with a 45-7 win over Purvis, which was highlighted by a dynamic offense that gained 504 yards of total offense by using a plethora of weapons, how could the Warriors get better? Well, their starting running back could come back from injury.
Sure, that could help.
HATTIESBURG – Junior Oak Grove quarterback John Rhys Plumlee expects his team to dominate every game, and so far this season they have delivered.
Oak Grove turned in another all-around performance Friday night, as it took down Wayne County 42-3 to move its record to 2-0 on the young season.
HATTIESBURG — After falling behind 2-1, the PCS Lady ‘Cats needed something to happen in order to make the comeback in the fourth and fifth sets. With a combination of Kinley Yawn’s attack, mental toughness and a little bit luck, they did just that and beat Oak Grove 3-2 (25-17, 22-25, 11-25, 25-17, 15-11) at Rees Gymnasium.
On this week’s episode of The PineBeltSPORTS Podcast, Hattiesburg coach Tony Vance joins the show for a lengthy interview on his team’s upcoming game with Laurel, and he also touches on numerous topics about his team.
LAUREL – It doesn’t count towards a playoff berth, but it’s one of the biggest weeks of the year for Hattiesburg. It’s the Battle of the Little Brown Jug, the annual rivalry between Interstate-59 foes, Laurel and the Tigers.