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HATTIESBURG – Most said it wouldn’t be done, but those people were wrong.

PETAL – The Oak Grove soccer program is rolling right along through the 2017-18 season, and Friday at Petal was another example of its dominance.

On this week’s episode of The PineBeltSPORTS Podcast, Southern Miss bowl preparation, the early signing period and the Mississippi-Alabama All-Star Game are the talking points.

HATTIESBURG – The best of the best in Mississippi and Alabama have converged on the Hub City in preparation for Saturday’s 31st playing of the Mississippi-Alabama All-Star Game. Kickoff is set for Noon at Southern Miss’ M.M. Roberts Stadium.

HATTIESBURG – In an important region contest for both the Sacred Heart Lady Crusaders and Crusaders, underclassmen led both squads to big wins over St. Patrick Monday.

Vance enjoying the 'pageantry' of State Championship week

By CAMAL PETRO,

CLINTON – Saturday was a “blur” for Hattiesburg head coach Tony Vance. He left the Hattiesburg High School Football Fieldhouse at 3:30 a.m. following Friday night’s win over Laurel, and he finally got in bed for a few hours of sleep at 4:30 a.m.

USM returns home for Senior Day

By ALAN HINTON,

Fans get a last chance to watch the Southern Miss Golden Eagles at home this season on Saturday afternoon, when the Charlotte 49ers invade M.M. Roberts Stadium at 2 p.m.

It will be Senior Day for 23 players, most of whom have started at least once in their USM careers.

CLEVELAND: With 2 games left, a look at instate teams

By RICK CLEVELAND,

One wag's opinion on a number of subjects:

• Not to belittle Mississippi State's monumental effort in a heart-wrenching, 31-24 defeat to No. 1-ranked Alabama last Saturday night, but the Crimson Tide has some serious issues at linebacker. If not solved, Alabama will have a difficult time even making the college football playoffs.

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