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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.

HHS' season ends in second round


HATTIESBURG – Vancleave flashed its skill Tuesday night in the second round of the Class II playoffs, as it took down Hattiesburg in straight sets (25-12, 25-13, 25-20) to advance to the semifinals at Mississippi State Thursday.

The Lady Tigers’ season comes to an end with an 18-6 overall record.

Sacred Heart playing for its seniors


The Sacred Heart Crusaders were officially eliminated from making a return trip to the 1A playoffs last week, but don’t tell that to the Sacred Heart seniors who are playing in their final two games this week and next week. They’re still playing their hearts out, according to Sacred Heart head coach Lonny Schraeder.

PRCC confident heading into season finale


POPLARVILLE – It will be a confident group from Pearl River Community College that will make the trip to Wesson Saturday to battle Copiah-Lincoln in the Wildcats’ football season finale.

PREP POLL: Hattiesburg stays put, Lumberton moves up


Again, it’s another week of not much movement for our area teams. Undefeated Hattiesburg stays put at No. 5 in the Overall Poll and No. 2 in the 5A poll, but Lumberton (7-2) did move up to No. 4 in the 1A Poll after being ranked No. 5 last week.