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Southern Miss rides a two-game win streak headed into Saturday night’s Conference USA football game against Louisiana Tech at Ruston, La.

The Golden Eagles defeated UTEP 24-0 last week and beat UTSA 31-29 the week prior.

Hattiesburg coach Tony Vance has a saying, which he’s picked up from former coaching colleagues, when he leaves his office Thursday night after a week of preparation for an opponent.

“The hay is in the barn.”

As Sumrall prepares for Forrest County AHS Friday night, there’s a little bit of déjà vu with the football program. For the second straight season, the Bobcats (5-4, 1-2 in Region 7-4A) will face the Aggies (5-4, 1-2) with a playoff berth on the line.

The word “focus” has been used a lot over the last couple of weeks when discussing the Petal Panthers, and head coach Marcus Boyles said his team, especially his starters, did what they had to do last week against a winless Jim Hill team to come home with another region win.

Hattiesburg coach Lauren Smith took over a volleyball program that hasn’t made the playoffs since 2013, but in her first year at the helm, she now has the Lady Tigers 17-4 overall with a district title after a 7-16 season in 2016.

OG put itself 'in a hole' last week


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


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


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


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


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.