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Hattiesburg was the big winner in this week’s Associated Press Prep Poll, as the Tigers climbed into the Top 5 after beating previously No. 4-ranked Oak Grove.
The Warriors dropped to No. 8 in the overall poll, and No. 5 in the 6A poll, while Hattiesburg stayed put behind West Point in 5A, which is the No. 1 team in the state.
HATTIESBURG – “A-T-M”.
It, of course, means “automated touchdown machine”, and it’s all Hattiesburg coach Tony Vance could say when asked about scoring 42 points on Oak Grove.
On this week’s episode of the PineBeltSPORTS, the mega showdown of Oak Grove-Hattiesburg is the topic of conversation. First, interviews with both coaches from earlier in the week are played, then a breakdown of the game from sports editor Camal Petro.
HATTIESBURG – Both teams are ranked in the Associated Prep Top 10 poll, both teams have started the season 3-0 and both teams are located in the city of Hattiesburg.
On Friday at 7 p.m., the Oak Grove Warriors and the Hattiesburg Tigers will renew their rivalry at D.I. Patrick Stadium in what should be an electric environment.
After 2-0 starts to the season, Oak Grove and Hattiesburg have been voted into the Overall Top 10 of the Associated Press Mississippi Prep Poll, as the Warriors check in at No. 5 in 6A and Hattiesburg as the second-ranked team in 5A.
LAUREL – Last week, Hattiesburg senior linebacker Dexter Jordan sat on the sidelines against Petal with his No. 8 jersey on, but without shoulder pads or a helmet. He had just rejoined the team after not playing his junior season, and was held out of the game because he just started practice that week.