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PETAL – Petal sought revenge on Friday for its season-ending loss to Pearl in 2016, a 24-3 loss in the Class 6A South State championship game.

HATTIESBURG – On first-and-10 from Jackson Prep’s 16-yard line, PCS looked primed to score on the game’s opening possession to set the tone.

PURVIS – Purvis and Seminary struggled through a defensive battle, a lightning delay and a pouring rain, but the Tornadoes topped the weather and the visiting Bulldogs 12-7 with stellar plays on defense Friday night to capture their homecoming victory.

On this week’s episode of The PineBeltSPORTS Podcast, PCS coach Joey Hawkins sits down with sports editor Camal Petro to discuss his team and he previews PCS’ matchup with Jackson Prep Friday.

HATTIESBURG – The PCS Bobcats experienced the highest of highs and the lowest of lows last season in their two matchups with Jackson Prep.

Panthers head to Big Easy


NEW ORLEANS – There are a lot of unknowns and uncertainties in this matchup of out-of-state foes, and Petal coach Marcus Boyles admits this week is a little more challenging.

Tornadoes prepare for game at CA


COLUMBIA – Purvis coach Perry Wheat will take an ugly win over a pretty loss every time, and that’s exactly what he thought about last week’s 24-14 win over West Marion.

After big win, Panthers hit the road


HEIDELBERG – The Lumberton Panthers are coming off a huge win over a 4A program, but they don’t have time to rest on their laurels. The Panthers (2-0) travel to Heidelberg this week, a team that beat 5A Wingfield on the road in Week 1 and nearly pulled off a win at Southeast Lauderdale last week.

Four Downs: Early season thoughts


We’re a couple of weeks into the season and I’ve seen five of our eight teams, so I thought I’d share some thoughts on what I’ve seen or heard so far. I’ve separated this column into four separate topics that have caught my attention so far this young season.

First down: The undefeated teams in the area