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HATTIESBURG – There’s no doubt nervous played a factor in the beginning of Hattiesburg’s Class II first-round matchup with Florence. Good nervous, though. The kind a player gets before his or her first-ever playoff game, as all of these Lady Tigers were doing.

On this week’s episode of The PineBeltSPORTS Podcast, two Hattiesburg football players sit down with sports editor Camal Petro for interviews, as well as breakdowns of other area games.

Southern Miss rides a two-game win streak headed into Saturday night’s Conference USA football game against Louisiana Tech at Ruston, La.

The Golden Eagles defeated UTEP 24-0 last week and beat UTSA 31-29 the week prior.

Hattiesburg coach Tony Vance has a saying, which he’s picked up from former coaching colleagues, when he leaves his office Thursday night after a week of preparation for an opponent.

“The hay is in the barn.”

As Sumrall prepares for Forrest County AHS Friday night, there’s a little bit of déjà vu with the football program. For the second straight season, the Bobcats (5-4, 1-2 in Region 7-4A) will face the Aggies (5-4, 1-2) with a playoff berth on the line.

JCJC ranked in Top 10

By FROM JCJC,

ELLISVILLE – Jones County Junior College has made it into the Top 10 in the NJCAA football poll.

Head coach Steve Buckley’s Bobcats are rated No. 10 in the latest poll, which was released Tuesday afternoon. Jones was No. 14 last week.

PCS looks to improve each week

By CAMAL PETRO,

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.

PETRO: What are each team's playoff chances?

By CAMAL PETRO,

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?

The known

Bobcats host Poplarville Friday

By CAMAL PETRO,

A week after Sumrall coach Shannon White mentioned closing out games is the next step for his team, the Bobcats did just that against Lawrence County in a 34-20 win.

Pearl River meets JCJC in Cat Fight

By STAN CALDWELL,

POPLARVILLE – One of the most hotly-contested rivalries in all of junior college football will be renewed this week, when Jones County visits Pearl River Community College for the annual ‘Cat Fight.

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