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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.

As of July 1, Marcus Boyles is back as the Petal Panthers head football coach.

The Mississippi high school coaching legend announced his retirement from his athletics director and head coach positions in March, but took back the reins last week.

Southern Miss basketball coach Jay Ladner admits his path to his new office inside Reed Green Coliseum isn’t common for other coaches.

“How did you do it? How can I do it?”

The Sacred Heart family is mourning right now.

JCJC wins fifth straight

By SHAWN WANSLEY,

ELLISVILLE – The 17th-ranked Jones County Junior College Bobcats continue to post impressive victories.

DeShawn Smith (Brooksville, Florida) scored four touchdowns and Scott Phillips (South Jones) rushed for over 100 yards as JCJC whipped East Central 49-7 here Thursday night at Bobcat Stadium/Sim Cooley Field.



PODCAST: Petal head coach Marcus Boyles + plus breakdowns of area games

By CAMAL PETRO,

On this week’s episode of The PineBeltSPORTS Podcast, sports editor Camal Petro sits down with Petal head coach Marcus Boyles. They discuss last week’s win over Oak Grove, Boyles’ team and this week’s matchup with Brandon.

After the break, the other seven contests featuring area teams are analyzed. 


Crusaders travel to East Marion

By CAMAL PETRO,

COLUMBIA – The Crusaders have had two weeks to think about their 44-0 loss to Resurrection, and they’re eager to get back on the field this week at East Marion.

Coach Lonny Schraeder said his bunch had a productive off week, too.


PCS faces off against Parklane

By CAMAL PETRO,

MCCOMB – For the second straight season, PCS will face an undefeated Parklane Academy team. There is, however, a huge difference from last season to this season, though.


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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