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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.

Purvis meets Lawrence County Friday


If Purvis coach Perry Wheat had a do-over in last Friday’s loss at Greene County, he would have gone for a 2-point conversion sometime during the four-overtime contest. Believe it or not, in his 40-plus years as a head coach, that was the first time he coached in a game that went to four overtimes.

CLEVELAND: The Media is public enemy No. 1 for Alabama


So, I was following my electric twitter machine late Saturday night, checking for college football scores and comments from across the land.

And then, from friend Cecil Hurt (@Cecil Hurt), veteran scribbler for the Tuscaloosa News came this nugget of twitter gold: “Saban to media – all the good stuff you write is rat poison.”

PREP POLL: Hattiesburg stays put, Lumberton drops


There wasn’t many changes in this week’s Associated Press Prep Poll, as the Hattiesburg Tigers remain the lone team in the Overall Top 10 at No. 5. The Tigers are just three votes behind Starkville, though.

Hattiesburg also stays put at No. 2 in the 5A Poll.