When Travis Creel finished up his playing days in Hattiesburg, Southern Miss coach Scott Berry knew he could have a career in coaching. Berry didn’t, however, necessarily think Creel would end up back in Hattiesburg.
Presbyterian Christian School’s C.J. Buckhalter and Cameron Shaw didn’t know each other a few months ago. C.J. was entering the summer before his sophomore year on the Bobcats’ football team, while Shaw was making the move from Fort Worth, Texas, to Hattiesburg.
The Petal Panthers have found themselves in a rare position.
The Panthers’ backfield returns three players in 2019 who combined for 4,123 offensive yards, which leaves Petal coach Marcus Boyles and his assistant coaches with a lot of options on that side of the ball.
There will be two major differences when Oak Grove takes the field this fall. While there are a number of key returners to the team this season, the Warriors will have a new quarterback in the backfield for the first time in three years and Warriors Field will also get a facelift with new synthetic turf.
The Lumberton Panthers football program has no doubt been successful under coach Zach Jones. Lumberton has three straight region titles under its belt, two south state appearances and it played for a state championship in Jones’ second season.