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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.

Bobcats move up to No. 8

By FROM JCJC,

ELLISVILLE – Jones County Junior College continues to climb in the NJCAA rankings.

Head coach Steve Buckley’s Bobcats moved up to No. 8 in this week’s poll, which was released Tuesday afternoon. JCJC was No. 8 last week.

PCS finishes regular season at MRA

By CAMAL PETRO,

It’s not a 100 percent fact, but when Presbyterian Christian visits Madison-Ridgeland Academy Thursday night, it could be the first of two matchups in back-to-back weeks.

PETRO: Hattiesburg is now the clear favorite in 5A South

By CAMAL PETRO,

I’m not breaking any news here, but the Hattiesburg Tigers are good. So good, they’re now the clear favorite to win the 5A South and take a trip to Oxford for the state championship. There’s still a long way to go, though, but a record of 9-0 overall and 5-0 in Region 4-5A speaks for itself.

Bobcats clinch South Division

By SHAWN WANSLEY,

ELLISVILLE – The battle of NJCAA Top 10 teams lived up to its billing here on a wonderful Homecoming Saturday afternoon at Bobcat Stadium/Sim Cooley Field.

The 10th-ranked Jones County Junior College Bobcats used a clutch fake punt and prevailed over the No. 4 Hinds Eagles 41-36 in an entertaining MACJC contest.

PRCC upsets MGCCC

By STAN CALDWELL,

POPLARVILLE – The celebration was loud and boisterous in the home locker room at Pearl River Community College.

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