PURVIS – For the first time since 2017, Purvis defeated Sumrall on the hardwood by a score of 66-33 Monday night.
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HEIDELBERG – The Lumberton Panthers are coming off a huge win over a 4A program, but they don’t have time to rest on their laurels. The Panthers (2-0) travel to Heidelberg this week, a team that beat 5A Wingfield on the road in Week 1 and nearly pulled off a win at Southeast Lauderdale last week.
We’re a couple of weeks into the season and I’ve seen five of our eight teams, so I thought I’d share some thoughts on what I’ve seen or heard so far. I’ve separated this column into four separate topics that have caught my attention so far this young season.
First down: The undefeated teams in the area
Forecasting college football seasons is a fool's errand, but I've been called worse than a fool so many times before. That includes last season when my prediction was that Ole Miss would win nine football games.
After 2-0 starts to the season, Oak Grove and Hattiesburg have been voted into the Overall Top 10 of the Associated Press Mississippi Prep Poll, as the Warriors check in at No. 5 in 6A and Hattiesburg as the second-ranked team in 5A.
After Oak Grove began the season with a 45-7 win over Purvis, which was highlighted by a dynamic offense that gained 504 yards of total offense by using a plethora of weapons, how could the Warriors get better? Well, their starting running back could come back from injury.
Sure, that could help.
Exactly one year ago, junior Hattiesburg quarterback Jarod “Snoop” Conner was living in Bay Springs and playing quarterback for Sylva Bay Academy. He moved to Hattiesburg just before the Collins game in Week 3 last season and became the team’s third-string running back.