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On this week’s episode, all things 5A South State Championship are discussed. First, Hattiesburg head coach Tony Vance sits down with sports editor Camal Petro, then Laurel’s Todd Breland joins the show after the break.

It’s Thanksgiving week, but don’t expect the Southern Miss football team to get into any kind of celebratory mood before Saturday. And even that is not a sure thing.

There couldn’t be a better scenario drawn up for football fans in Hattiesburg. Rivals Hattiesburg and Laurel will tangle one more time in 2017, and this time it’s for the right to play for a 5A State Championship. It’s the third straight season the two will meet in the postseason, too.

Who said the road to the 5A State Championship would be easy for Hattiesburg? Even though tough opponents like Brookhaven and Picayune have been knocked out, Laurel might be the highest hurdle for the Tigers in the 5A South State Championship.

HATTIESBURG – It hasn’t happened since 1967, but redshirt senior Kelsey Douglas did it Saturday afternoon against the Charlotte 49ers. Douglas returned two interceptions for touchdowns in a 66-21 win for the Golden Eagles, and the last time that happened for USM was Nov.

USM returns home for Senior Day

By ALAN HINTON,

Fans get a last chance to watch the Southern Miss Golden Eagles at home this season on Saturday afternoon, when the Charlotte 49ers invade M.M. Roberts Stadium at 2 p.m.

It will be Senior Day for 23 players, most of whom have started at least once in their USM careers.

CLEVELAND: With 2 games left, a look at instate teams

By RICK CLEVELAND,

One wag's opinion on a number of subjects:

• Not to belittle Mississippi State's monumental effort in a heart-wrenching, 31-24 defeat to No. 1-ranked Alabama last Saturday night, but the Crimson Tide has some serious issues at linebacker. If not solved, Alabama will have a difficult time even making the college football playoffs.

Ryder scores 23, OG beats McComb

By CAMAL PETRO,

HATTIESBURG – Oak Grove junior Tate Ryder scored a game-high 23 points to lead the Warriors to a 63-49 over the McComb Tigers Tuesday night. With the win, the Warriors are 3-0 on the young season.

“The team played good defense and got me open shots,” Ryder said. “We just had a good team game.”

Purvis continues to roll

By BRANDON SHIELDS,

FLORENCE — The revenge tour continues for Purvis.

Behind a big second quarter and a strong rushing attack, the Tornadoes ran past Florence 41-21 in the second round of the MHSAA Class 4A playoffs at Eagle Stadium on Friday night.

Purvis (6-6) will host Poplarville (12-0) next week in the third round of the Class 4A playoffs.

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