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PETAL – For a team that lost a Division I player from last season’s roster and is guided by a first-year coach at the school, the Petal Panthers are quietly playing under the radar for a 6A program.

HATTIESBURG – Jackson Academy’s comeback from a first-half deficit can be summed up by one play.

On this week’s episode of The PineBeltSPORTS Podcast, winter sports take center stage. First, sports editor Camal Petro details where the area soccer teams stand with less than a month left on the schedule.

HATTIESBURG – For the Oak Grove Warriors Tuesday night, it was a total team effort. There’s no other way to describe it.

HATTIESBURG – Sacred Heart coach Brian Butler believes the holiday break can make or break a team. Well, if Friday’s game against the Sumrall Bobcats was any indicator, the Crusaders are trending toward the former.

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.

PETRO: What are each team's playoff chances?


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?

The known

Bobcats host Poplarville Friday


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.