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Friday night’s matchup in Petal was a battle of two of the state’s Top 10 teams as the No. 10 Panthers welcomed the No. 5 Brandon Bulldogs to town.

Big plays and a dominant defense in the second half put the Purvis Tornadoes in the driver’s seat as they downed Lamar County rival, Sumrall, 28-17 in the Battle of 589.

The Sumrall Bobcats will host the Purvis Tornadoes in a key district game Thursday evening and the Battle of 589. The Bobcats are 3-4 on the season and are looking to get things back on track with the home game.

The North Forrest Eagles 2019 Homecoming game against the St. Patrick Fighting Irish will be a game to “always remember,” according to NFHS Principal Jennifer Riels. 

The annual Oak Grove-Petal rivalry game was one for the books. A slight chance for rain turned into a deluge with thunder, lightning and more than a two-hour weather delay at Warrior Stadium.

OG put itself 'in a hole' last week

By CAMAL PETRO,

Not too many people saw last week’s game playing out the way it did, and now the Oak Grove Warriors are in a situation where they can’t afford any more losses. Their backs are against the wall.


Sacred Heart facing adversity

By CAMAL PETRO,

The Sacred Heart Crusaders are going through tough times, as they prepare for Mount Olive Friday night. Injuries have mounted up and the offense has stalled against good competition to go along with other issues inside the program.


PREP POLL: Hattiesburg remains No. 5 in state

By STAFF REPORTS,

Not much changed in this week’s Associated Press Prep Poll, as the Hattiesburg remains the only team in the area ranked in Overall Top 10 at No. 5. Petal is also receiving a vote in the poll, but it’s 15 votes behind No. 10 East Central.

Lumberton dropped from T-4 to sitting alone at No. 5 in the 1A poll, too.


JCJC ranked in Top 10

By FROM JCJC,

ELLISVILLE – Jones County Junior College has made it into the Top 10 in the NJCAA football poll.

Head coach Steve Buckley’s Bobcats are rated No. 10 in the latest poll, which was released Tuesday afternoon. Jones was No. 14 last week.


PCS looks to improve each week

By CAMAL PETRO,

The Presbyterian Christian Bobcats are in a slightly different position at this point in the season compared to last year. They’re 5-4 instead of 9-0, but only one loss was by more than 10 points. In fact, two of the four losses were by one possession.


PETRO: What are each team's playoff chances?

By CAMAL PETRO,

Can you believe it? We are just three short weeks – two for our 4A teams – away from the postseason. I’ve written it a couple of times, but this season has flown by too quickly.

With just a few games left in the regular season, let’s see where our area teams stand in the playoff hunt, shall we?

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Bobcats host Poplarville Friday

By CAMAL PETRO,

A week after Sumrall coach Shannon White mentioned closing out games is the next step for his team, the Bobcats did just that against Lawrence County in a 34-20 win.


Pearl River meets JCJC in Cat Fight

By STAN CALDWELL,

POPLARVILLE – One of the most hotly-contested rivalries in all of junior college football will be renewed this week, when Jones County visits Pearl River Community College for the annual ‘Cat Fight.


PETRO: The Petal Panthers are clutch

By CAMAL PETRO,

Two Fridays ago, when I left Oak Grove High School after Petal stunned the Warriors, I considered that one of the best high school games that I have ever witnessed. After last week’s Petal win over Brandon, I believe that was the best finish that I’ve ever seen in a high school game.


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