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On this week’s episode, Camal and Andrew touch on the high school teams that are starting region play and the numerous Southern Miss storylines surrounding the football program.

The record doesn’t look good, but don’t be fooled. The Purvis Tornadoes could be turning the corner and figuring things out. After earning their first win before the bye week two weeks ago, the Tornadoes hung tough with undefeated Mendenhall last Friday.

Things are going well for the Sumrall Bobcats so far this season. They’re off to a 5-0 start, so things couldn’t possibly be better for Shannon White’s bunch. Unfortunately, none of those five wins will help them get into the playoffs, and neither does Friday night’s game with Pass High.

SUMRALL – It’s been three decades since the Sumrall Bobcats have had this kind of start to a season. For the first time since 1988, the Bobcats are 5-0, with the latest win coming Friday night – a 33-20 decision over the Richton Rebels.

Kwadra Griggs, last season’s Southern Miss starting quarterback, returned to the team for Friday’s practice. The redshirt senior was suspended indefinitely in August, “pending resolution of a student conduct matter.”

USM announced Friday Griggs has been reinstated in good standing.

HHS seniors prepare for final game

By CAMAL PETRO,

The Hattiesburg Tigers’ senior class has been the backbone for the 2017 team. As ninth-graders, Hattiesburg had a 6-7 overall record with a first-round loss, and now the group of 28 seniors will lead a 14-0 region champion team into Ole Miss’ Vaught-Hemingway Stadium Saturday night.



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.


Ryder scores 23, OG beats McComb

By CAMAL PETRO,

HATTIESBURG – Oak Grove junior Tate Ryder scored a game-high 23 points to lead the Warriors to a 63-49 over the McComb Tigers Tuesday night. With the win, the Warriors are 3-0 on the young season.

“The team played good defense and got me open shots,” Ryder said. “We just had a good team game.”


Purvis continues to roll

By BRANDON SHIELDS,

FLORENCE — The revenge tour continues for Purvis.

Behind a big second quarter and a strong rushing attack, the Tornadoes ran past Florence 41-21 in the second round of the MHSAA Class 4A playoffs at Eagle Stadium on Friday night.

Purvis (6-6) will host Poplarville (12-0) next week in the third round of the Class 4A playoffs.


PHOTOS: Tigers roll South Jones

By MATT BUSH,

HATTIESBURG – The Hattiesburg Tigers put their undefeated record on the line in the first round of the 5A playoffs and left little doubt if they could keep the streak going.

Hattiesburg rolled South Jones 50-0 Friday night, and it’ll travel to Stone in the second round next Friday.


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