Since starting region play, the Hattiesburg Tigers have lit up the scoreboard by averaging 58 points through first three games. The ATM (automated touchdown machine), which is what the Hattiesburg football team calls its offense, is definitely working properly.
Two Fridays ago, when I left Oak Grove High School after Petal stunned the Warriors, I considered that one of the best high school games that I have ever witnessed. After last week’s Petal win over Brandon, I believe that was the best finish that I’ve ever seen in a high school game.
If Purvis coach Perry Wheat had a do-over in last Friday’s loss at Greene County, he would have gone for a 2-point conversion sometime during the four-overtime contest. Believe it or not, in his 40-plus years as a head coach, that was the first time he coached in a game that went to four overtimes.
The score read similar to a high school basketball, and Oak Grove Drew Causey joked his team made a lot of 3-points to beat Meridian 66-41.
When redshirt sophomore Drake Dorbeck stepped on the field last Saturday at UTSA, it felt like the first game of the season for him.
“I was nervous all week, because that was my first full game to ever play at the college level,” Dorbeck, a Vicksburg native, said. “It was like the first game of the season for me.”
When the Petal offense is clicking, it’s hard to stop. Senior quarterback Jordan Wilson has three senior receivers to spread the ball to in Deuce Watts, Marquise Bridges and Nicholas Russell, and moving senior Phat Watts to running back earlier in the season has proven to be the right move.
PETAL – Did he get score or didn’t he? That was the lingering question after Petal’s 31-28 overtime win over Brandon Friday.
“I thought our defense came up with a big stop,” Petal head coach Marcus Boyles said. “Just looking at it, I thought he didn’t get in, but I’m probably a little biased.”
On this week’s episode of The PineBeltSPORTS Podcast, sports editor Camal Petro sits down with Petal head coach Marcus Boyles. They discuss last week’s win over Oak Grove, Boyles’ team and this week’s matchup with Brandon.
After the break, the other seven contests featuring area teams are analyzed.