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The Sacred Heart Crusaders are going through tough times, as they prepare for Mount Olive Friday night. Injuries have mounted up and the offense has stalled against good competition to go along with other issues inside the program.
Not much changed in this week’s Associated Press Prep Poll, as the Hattiesburg remains the only team in the area ranked in Overall Top 10 at No. 5. Petal is also receiving a vote in the poll, but it’s 15 votes behind No. 10 East Central.
Lumberton dropped from T-4 to sitting alone at No. 5 in the 1A poll, too.
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.
The Presbyterian Christian Bobcats are in a slightly different position at this point in the season compared to last year. They’re 5-4 instead of 9-0, but only one loss was by more than 10 points. In fact, two of the four losses were by one possession.
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.
Can you believe it? We are just three short weeks – two for our 4A teams – away from the postseason. I’ve written it a couple of times, but this season has flown by too quickly.
With just a few games left in the regular season, let’s see where our area teams stand in the playoff hunt, shall we?
HATTIESBURG – Southern Miss did get the win over the winless UTEP Miners, but it wasn’t pretty.
The Golden Eagles’ offense missed three great scoring opportunities in the first half, but thanks to the USM defense, the 24-0 score was good enough to push USM’s record to 4-2 overall and 2-1 in Conference USA.
POPLARVILLE – The 14th-ranked Jones County Junior College Bobcats had its most productive offensive output of the season here Saturday afternoon at Dobie Holden Stadium.
The Bobcats piled up 609 yards of total offense and defeated Pearl River Community College 52-31 in the 87th annual “Catfight.”