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Because of a Mississippi Association of Independent School rule, the Presbyterian Christian School football team has been disqualified from this year’s playoffs after suffering several injuries to players that forced the school to forfeit three junior varsity games.

On senior night, Purvis’ five-game winning streak came to a screeching halt as they were blanked by Poplarville, 61-0. But it got worse. With 2:48 left in the second quarter, junior quarterback Hunter Robinson went out with an injury that sent him to the hospital.

The Hattiesburg Tigers find themselves in a must-win situation this week after suffering another division loss to Picayune 48-15.

With four games remaining in the season, the Tigers must win out to have any chance of post-season play.

Preseason predictions had North Texas, Southern Miss and Louisiana Tech to be the top three football teams in Conference USA’s West Division.

Last week, Southern Miss (4-2 overall, 2-0 C-USA) handled North Texas 45-27 to sweep aside one of its primary rivals.

The Petal Panthers sit atop the 6A Region 3 standings with four games remaining in the regular season.

Sacred Heart Crusaders Aim to pick up first win.

By JESSE JOHNSON,

  Sacred Heart is looking to get its first win of the season as the Crusaders host Richton in a conference matchup Friday night.

Coach Ed Smith is pleased with his team’s progress and looks to continue to build off learning experiences.




USM turns to archives to prepare for Troy matchup

By ALAN HINTON,

Southern Miss coaches knew right where to start when preparing for Saturday’s 5 p.m. football game at Troy.

Their own archives.

That’s because first-year Troy head coach Chip Lindsey was the offensive coordinator under former Golden Eagle head coach Todd Monken in 2014-15.


Tornadoes hope to whirl way through Perry Central

By JESSE JOHNSON,

Purvis is looking for its first win of the season Friday night as it get its offense rolling. The Tornadoes had good game play Friday night out of their offense, but costly turnovers caused the team to let another game slip away and into the hands of Pass Christian.


Sumrall, PCS meet for the first time since 2014

By JESSE JOHNSON,

A showdown is set for Sumrall Friday night as the 2-1 Bobcats travel to 2-1 Presbyterian Christian.

Coaches are expecting a packed house, as the game will be played honoring military veterans from all branches of service.


Hattiesburg foes meet in cross-town rivalry game

By JESSE JOHNSON,

The Hattiesburg Tigers will play host to cross-town rival Oak Grove Friday night. The two teams that are familiar with each other look for a victory to establish bragging rights for the next year in the Hub City. Only 7.1 miles separate the two schools, which makes this a special rivalry.


Aggies travel to West Marion for touch matchup

By JESSE JOHNSON,

The Aggies of Forrest County Agriculture High School are coming off back-to-back losses and are looking to get back on track against West Marion this Friday.

The Aggies have seen some improvement but Coach Brad Calcote believes there is room for more.


Petal hopes to keep perfect record

By JESSE JOHNSON,

The Petal Panthers head into Friday’s game at Laurel with a 3-0 record and are looking to keep things on track. The Panthers defeated Laurel 27-0 a year ago at home but have to play ‘between the bricks’ on Friday night.


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