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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.

Lumberton pushes pause on region

By CAMAL PETRO,

TAYLORSVILLE – The Lumberton Panthers will step out of region play this week to play a pass-heavy Taylorsville team that should make some noise in 2A football come postseason time.

Warriors travel to Meridian

By CAMAL PETRO,

MERIDIAN – Oak Grove coach Drew Causey doesn’t look at Meridian’s 2-4 record. That doesn’t mean anything to him.

PRCC resumes division play

By STAN CALDWELL,

POPLARVILLE – Pearl River Community College players were in surprisingly good spirits last week, despite coming out on the short end of a 38-36 score at Itawamba.

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