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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.

Abraham back at QB for Golden Eagles

By ALAN HINTON,

Jack Abraham will be the Southern Miss quarterback in the Golden Eagles’ first game of the 2019 football season Saturday night, but he won’t be throwing to All-Conference USA wide receiver Quez Watkins.


Warrior Club $1.5M campaign for new field, other improvements ongoing.

By BETH BUNCH,

When the Oak Grove Warriors take the field in just a couple of weeks, they’ll be doing so on brand new turf. But they aren’t the only ones benefitting.

The new turf is the result of a $1.5 million Warrior Club Oak Grove Capital Improvement campaign that’s been five months in the making.


All new drivers need a 'Coach Pool'

By DAVID GUSTAFSON,

My youngest son, Solomon, passed his driver’s permit test recently.

It was a proud moment for the unassuming 15-year-old high school sophomore – and sort of terrifying for yours truly.

Don’t get me wrong. He’s (mostly) a responsible kid. He (usually) makes excellent grades. He (generally) uses good judgment.



Mitchell living out childhood dream at USM

By STAFF,

In a wide receivers room loaded with experience, perhaps none is bigger than redshirt senior Jordan Mitchell's.

Born and raised in Hattiesburg, Mitchell's childhood dream became a reality when he gave his commitment to the Golden Eagles in 2014. In fact, 24 hours prior to that commitment, he didn't hold a single Division I offer.


School board honors AD’s, scholar athletes

By BETH BUNCH,

Extracurricular activities and athletics are important parts of a school district, but academics can’t be pushed aside. In Lamar County, efforts are being made for the two to work hand-in-hand with great results.



DiFatta: I was almost a snack for a mamma gator

By PHIL DIFATTA,

I can't personally mimic the sound, so it would be virtually impossible for me to describe in print the sound a frightened baby alligator makes. I can, however, describe the sound I made when I saw the baby's 10-foot mama swimming toward the boat.



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