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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.

GAUTIER – In the end, failing to convert on three scoring opportunities hurt the Lumberton Panthers. The Resurrection Eagles punched their ticket to the 1A South State Championship Friday night, beating Lumberton 20-12 at Vaughn-Wallace Stadium on the campus of

PURVIS – The score wasn’t as lopsided as the Oct. 20 contest in Poplarville, when the Hornets toppled the Purvis Tornadoes 69-34 by piling up 452 yards rushing. Though, the end result was the same.

PERKINSON – Hattiesburg put a decisive end to Stone High’s deepest postseason run since 1991 on Friday. Led by the dual-threat ability of quarterback Jarod Conner, the Tigers rolled past the Tomcats 49-9 at A.L. May Memorial Stadium.

On this week’s episode of The PineBeltSPORTS Podcast, The Sun Herald’s Patrick Ochs joins sports editor Camal Petro for an extended conversation about this week’s playoff matchups.

PREP POLL: Hattiesburg, Lumberton move up


Hattiesburg moved up in this week’s Associated Prep Poll, bumping up one spot to No. 4 in the Overall Poll. The Tigers are still No. 2 in the 5A poll, as West Point remains on top of both the 5A poll and the Overall Poll.

Lumberton moved up a spot in the 1A poll to No. 3.

Hattiesburg goes for undefeated regular season Friday at WH


That Hattiesburg Tigers are 10-0 and Region 4-5A Champions heading into their final regular-season game at West Harrison. There is literally nothing the Tigers can do that will affect their playoff standings, but there are some things they can do that can affect their football team.

Purvis falls, but clinches playoffs


PURVIS – Two crucial second-half turnovers, combined with an absence of solid tackling, put the Purvis Tornadoes in the position of counting the points for the playoffs after the Forrest County AHS Aggies took a 35-30 Region 7-4A victory Friday night in Purvis.