Lumberton, Oak Grove, Sumrall participate in Lamar County Jamboree

By CAMAL PETRO,

HATTIESBURG – The Oak Grove Warriors shined on both sides of the ball, as they took down St. Martin 21-3 in the exhibition game.

John Rhys Plumlee threw for three touchdowns – two to Kevin Barnett and one to Kris Jones, and the defense nearly pitched a shutout if it wasn’t for an early St. Martin field goal.

“I thought John Rhys missed a couple of throws, but for our offense, I thought we looked pretty good with our 1s in there,” Oak Grove coach Drew Causey said.

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On the first drive of the game, Oak Grove used screen passes to set up a long touchdown pass from Plumlee to Barnett. They missed on the first connection, but Plumlee and Barnett didn’t miss a couple plays later.

“They were playing cover 3, so I was trying to look the safety off a little,” Plumlee said. “I looked him off and I was coming to the slot, but KB had the corner beat deep. You give it up to KB, he’ll go get it for you.”

St. Martin returned the favor with a long drive, but the Warriors defense held strong to prevent a touchdown, only allowing a field goal. The Yellowjackets had something brewing two drives later, but a fumbled ended any hope for a score.

In the meantime, Plumlee connected with Jones and Barnett on two separate wide receiver screenplays for scores.

“Easy passes,” Plumlee said. “Just a bunch of athletes and let them make yards up.”

Running back Orlando Simon was out for the jamboree, but Tyler Taylor, Andre Pittman and Southern Miss linebacker commit Hayes Maples played well at the position. 

It was an inconsistent day for the defending 1A South champions, but the Lumberton Panthers found a way to beat Magee 12-7 in the Lamar County Jamboree Friday night.

The Panthers showed some inconsistencies throughout the contest, but both sides of the ball made plays when it mattered to earn the win.

“I just want us to play hard,” Lumberton coach Zach Jones said. “If they play hard, I’m happy and I can deal with anything else. I didn’t want to be perfect tonight. If we were perfect tonight, that means we don’t have anything to fix. We have some stuff we have to work on, and if we clean it up we have a chance to be a pretty good football team.”

On Magee’s first drive, quarterback Susu Davenport took it 60 yards for the score. Lumberton added touchdown runs from running back Davion Edwards and quarterback Jared Tribett to take the lead. A point-after-touchdown attempt was missed after the first touchdown, and a 2-point conversion failed after the second.

The first touchdown was set up by a couple of passes from Tribett, while the Panthers had excellent field position for the second touchdown after Magee botched a snap on a punt attempt deep in its own territory.

The Panthers are searching for a running back after Dre Coleman graduated in May, and Jones said it’s going to be by committee for a while. Edwards, Krishaun Fairely and a few others took snaps at the position, and Fairely had some nice runs early, but a fumble dampened the mood.

“We have to protect the football, that’s most important,” Jones said. “You’re not going to run for us if you can’t protect the football. I thought we ran hard. We’re going to go back next week. That’s what this is for, and we just have to go back and work on fundamentals.”

Lumberton travels to North Forrest to open the season Friday at 7 p.m.

Sumrall offense looked shaky, but the defense played lights-out, as it took down George County 3-0 in the nightcap of the Lamar County Jamboree.

The Bobcats are transitioning from a spread offense, with a highly touted wide receiver, Dannis Jackson, to a wing-T, moving Jackson behind center. The offense had four fumbles on the night, losing three.

The defense, however, looked in midseason form.

Terry Davis forced a fumble on the second offensive play of the night for George County, and Nijewel Coleman had an interception late in the game to nearly put the game away. The defense needed to make one more stop, though, because the offense had its forth fumble of the game after the Coleman interception, but a turnover on downs by the Rebels ended it.