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LUMBERTON – It took 15 seconds into the Friday’s season opener for Lumberton coach Zach Jones to throw his hat to the ground in disgust. Thankfully for Jones, that feeling didn’t last long.

Every week during the football season, Camal Petro and Andrew Abadie will hop on Facebook Live to preview that week’s games. With Week 1 of high school football starting this week, we break down the four games Friday night and the big one Saturday.

On this week’s episode of The PineBeltSPORTS Podcast, Camal and Andrew hit on topics regarding Southern Miss football and this week’s high school football matchups.

The Leaf River Rivalry has become the showcase of Mississippi High School football over the last couple of years, and all eyes will be on the Saturday night contest. With very few games being played on the same night, fans will pack D.I.

Area teams have tough task in third round

By CAMAL PETRO,

I’m not here to sugar coat things, and I’m not going to say it’s all rainbows and butterflies for our area teams this week. Things are about to get real for the teams left in the MHSAA baseball playoffs.

Typically, the third round is when things start to get interesting with compelling matchups, and this year isn’t any different.



Area athletes qualify for MHSAA State Track

By CAMAL PETRO,

Athletes from across the state competed in South State track meets Saturday, vying for a spot in this weekend’s MHSAA State Track Meet.

The MHSAA State Track Meet will be held Friday and Saturday afternoon at Pearl High School’s Woody Barnett Track and Field Complex.



Remembering Hattiesburg’s own, the ‘Blade’

By RICK CLEVELAND,

Ricky Donegan, who threw some of the prettiest passes these eyes ever saw, died of cancer April 17 at age 68 in his adopted hometown of Tupelo. And I know what some of you older readers are thinking: “Ricky Donegan, where have I heard that name before?”


Homers lift Tulane over USM

By FROM SOUTHERN MISS,

HATTIESBURG – Luke Reynolds hit a pair of home runs in the same game for the third time this season Tuesday night but it wasn’t enough as No. 13 Southern Miss fell 10-7 to Tulane at Pete Taylor Park.


Armstrong, Moore talk NFL Draft selection

By CAMAL PETRO,

HATTIESBURG – Former Southern Miss Golden Eagles’ Tavarius Moore and Cornell, two of the three USM players drafted in last week’s NFL Draft, met with the local media Tuesday afternoon to discuss their selections.


Sumrall drops Game 3 to West Lauderdale Monday

By BRANDON SHIELDS,

COLLINSVILLE — Coming into the series West Lauderdale had the slight advantage pitching and Sumrall had a slight advantage hitting. 
Behind Hunter Eldridge and the late pitching of Mason Willis, the Knights got past Sumrall 4-2 at Jerry Boatner Field in the decisive Game 3 of the second round of the MHSAA Class 4A Baseball Playoffs.


PRCC rallies to sweep doubleheader at Holmes

By STAN CALDWELL,

POPLARVILLE – Pearl River Community College got its offense back on track Saturday in sweeping an MACJC doubleheader against Holmes.

The Wildcats made short work of the Bulldogs, rapping out 15 hits in a 16-1 victory in the opener, then scored five runs in the top of the seventh inning to complete the sweep 10-9 at Goodman.


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