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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.

PHOTOS: PCS soccer advances


The PCS Lady Bobcats took down Oak Forest Academy in the first round of the MAIS playoffs to advance to play Jackson Academy in the semifinals Thursday. 

Jillian Rhian had a hat trick and Avery Smith, Emmy Harvey and Lilly Stayer all notched goals in the contest.

PREP POLL: Hattiesburg alone in Top 10


Hattiesburg is now the lone area team in the AP Top 10, as it stays in the No. 5 slot, and Oak Grove, which was No. 8 last week, dropped out after its loss to Petal. The Warriors are receiving votes, though.

Lumberton remains at No. 3 in the 1A poll, and PCS is the leading vote-getting not in the Private School Top 5.


Bobcats rout Southwest


SUMMIT – Jones County Junior College head coach Steve Buckley said his Bobcats would not overlook winless Southwest.

The second-year head Bobcat proved to prophetic as JCJC routed the Bears 61-20 here Thursday night at John I. Hurst Stadium.

PCS will try to bounce back Friday


HATTIESBURG – It’s been quite a while since the Bobcats have lost two games in a row, but here they are in that situation.

There’s no panic from PCS coach Joey Hawkins, though.

“Hey, it’s a long season,” he said. “You have to keep playing and continue to be excited and do the things you have to do to win the ballgame.”

Bobcats continue division play with road trip to Southwest


ELLISVILLE – Jones County Junior College is riding a three-game winning streak and received votes in the latest NJCAA football poll.

Southwest is winless and has had a number of injuries during the first part of the season.

But JCJC head coach Steve Buckley said the Bears will provide a test for the Bobcats this week.