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  • ODU hands USM first home-court defeat, 68-63

    ODU hands USM first home-court defeat, 68-63

    Thursday, February 8 2018 10:56 PM EST2018-02-09 03:56:43 GMT
    The University of Southern Mississippi came into Thursday night’s Conference USA men’s basketball throwdown with Old Dominion University unbeaten in nine home games at Reed Green Coliseum. (Photo source: WDAM archive)The University of Southern Mississippi came into Thursday night’s Conference USA men’s basketball throwdown with Old Dominion University unbeaten in nine home games at Reed Green Coliseum. (Photo source: WDAM archive)
    The University of Southern Mississippi came into Thursday night’s Conference USA men’s basketball throwdown with Old Dominion University unbeaten in nine home games at Reed Green Coliseum. The Monarchs had not lost in five conference road games. Something had to give, and USM did in the final 15 minutes of the game. ODU erased an 11-point deficit with a 13-0 run over a 4:11 span of the second half, and after swapping leads four more times, finally seized the lead for go...More >>
    The University of Southern Mississippi came into Thursday night’s Conference USA men’s basketball throwdown with Old Dominion University unbeaten in nine home games at Reed Green Coliseum. The Monarchs had not lost in five conference road games. Something had to give, and USM did in the final 15 minutes of the game. ODU erased an 11-point deficit with a 13-0 run over a 4:11 span of the second half, and after swapping leads four more times, finally seized the lead for go...More >>
  • USM downs visiting North Texas, 85-78

    USM downs visiting North Texas, 85-78

    Saturday, January 20 2018 9:03 PM EST2018-01-21 02:03:46 GMT

    Junior guard Tyree Griffin scored a career-high 29 points as the University of Southern Mississippi downed the North Texas University 85-78 Saturday evening at Green Coliseum..

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    Junior guard Tyree Griffin scored a career-high 29 points as the University of Southern Mississippi downed the North Texas University 85-78 Saturday evening at Green Coliseum..

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  • USM falls to hot-shooting UAB, 86-75

    USM falls to hot-shooting UAB, 86-75

    Friday, January 12 2018 7:42 PM EST2018-01-13 00:42:26 GMT
    USM (9-9, 2-3), which saw a two-game winning streak snapped. (Photo source: USM)USM (9-9, 2-3), which saw a two-game winning streak snapped. (Photo source: USM)
    The University of Southern Mississippi ran into a University of Alabama-Birmingham team with a red-hot shooting touch Thursday night at Bartow Arena. The Blazers fired away from the field, hitting 61.5 percent of their shots, as then withstood a second-half rally by the Golden Eagles to claim an 86-75 Conference USA victory. UAB’s starting five combined to shoot 68.8 percent from the floor and four starters made seven baskets apiece as the Blazers (12-5, 3-1 C-USA) won their t...More >>
    The University of Southern Mississippi ran into a University of Alabama-Birmingham team with a red-hot shooting touch Thursday night at Bartow Arena. The Blazers fired away from the field, hitting 61.5 percent of their shots, as then withstood a second-half rally by the Golden Eagles to claim an 86-75 Conference USA victory. UAB’s starting five combined to shoot 68.8 percent from the floor and four starters made seven baskets apiece as the Blazers (12-5, 3-1 C-USA) won their t...More >>
  • Saints hold off Panthers to secure wild playoff win, 31-26

    Saints hold off Panthers to secure wild playoff win, 31-26

    Sunday, January 7 2018 11:08 PM EST2018-01-08 04:08:29 GMT
    Saints Defeat Carolina Panthers 31-26; Photo Source: Wesley Hitt/Getty ImagesSaints Defeat Carolina Panthers 31-26; Photo Source: Wesley Hitt/Getty Images
    For the first three quarters, the New Orleans Saints’ defense managed to keep the Carolina Panthers out of the end zone Sunday evening at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. And then, with the season on the line, the defense rose up to keep the Panthers from scoring the touchdown they had to have in the end. Saints strong safety Vonn Bell sacked Carolina quarterback Cam Newton with 6 seconds left in the game to lock down a 31-26 victory in the Wild Card round of the National Football...More >>
    For the first three quarters, the New Orleans Saints’ defense managed to keep the Carolina Panthers out of the end zone Sunday evening at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. And then, with the season on the line, the defense rose up to keep the Panthers from scoring the touchdown they had to have in the end. Saints strong safety Vonn Bell sacked Carolina quarterback Cam Newton with 6 seconds left in the game to lock down a 31-26 victory in the Wild Card round of the National Football...More >>
  • USM flashes past UTEP, 85-75

    USM flashes past UTEP, 85-75

    Thursday, January 4 2018 11:10 PM EST2018-01-05 04:10:37 GMT
    USM picked up its first Conference USA win of the season (Photo source: WDAM archive)USM picked up its first Conference USA win of the season (Photo source: WDAM archive)

    Home proved to be sweet for the University of Southern Mississippi Thursday night. After returning from the rough sojourn on the road, the Golden Eagles built a 23-point lead in the second half and then held off a late University of Texas-El Paso rally to secure an 85-75 Conference USA victory at Green Coliseum. For the first time this season, USM had five players score in double figures, and the Golden Eagles shot a blistering 74.1 percent in the second half to put up the most poin...

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    Home proved to be sweet for the University of Southern Mississippi Thursday night. After returning from the rough sojourn on the road, the Golden Eagles built a 23-point lead in the second half and then held off a late University of Texas-El Paso rally to secure an 85-75 Conference USA victory at Green Coliseum. For the first time this season, USM had five players score in double figures, and the Golden Eagles shot a blistering 74.1 percent in the second half to put up the most poin...

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  • FSU grinds down USM in Independence Bowl

    FSU grinds down USM in Independence Bowl

    Wednesday, December 27 2017 7:36 PM EST2017-12-28 00:36:45 GMT
    Southern Miss finished the season at 8-5. (Photo source: WDAM)Southern Miss finished the season at 8-5. (Photo source: WDAM)
    Less than five minutes into Wednesday afternoon’s 42nd annual Independence Bowl, the University of Southern Mississippi held a 6-0 lead. And, pretty much, Florida State University basically shrugged. The Golden Eagles simply could not get the Seminoles’ offense off the football field at Independence Stadium, as FSU scored on eight of its first nine possessions on its way to a 42-13 victory. The loss snapped a three-game winning streak by the Golden Eagles (8-5), wh...More >>
    Less than five minutes into Wednesday afternoon’s 42nd annual Independence Bowl, the University of Southern Mississippi held a 6-0 lead. And, pretty much, Florida State University basically shrugged. The Golden Eagles simply could not get the Seminoles’ offense off the football field at Independence Stadium, as FSU scored on eight of its first nine possessions on its way to a 42-13 victory. The loss snapped a three-game winning streak by the Golden Eagles (8-5), wh...More >>
  • USM looking forward to Independence Bowl opportunity

    USM looking forward to Independence Bowl opportunity

    Tuesday, December 26 2017 6:36 PM EST2017-12-26 23:36:37 GMT
    The Seminoles (6-6) will meet the Golden Eagles (8-4) at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at Independence Stadium. (Photo source: Walk-On's Independence Bowl Twitter)The Seminoles (6-6) will meet the Golden Eagles (8-4) at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at Independence Stadium. (Photo source: Walk-On's Independence Bowl Twitter)

    University of Southern Mississippi senior running back Ito Smith sometimes can be a man of few words. Tuesday morning, during a final news conference prior to Wednesday afternoon’s Independence Bowl, Smith said the Golden Eagles were looking forward to facing Florida State University. “It’s great to have an opportunity to show who we are,” said Smith, who posted his third, consecutive 1,000-yard rushing season. “We are excited to play against a program ...

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    University of Southern Mississippi senior running back Ito Smith sometimes can be a man of few words. Tuesday morning, during a final news conference prior to Wednesday afternoon’s Independence Bowl, Smith said the Golden Eagles were looking forward to facing Florida State University. “It’s great to have an opportunity to show who we are,” said Smith, who posted his third, consecutive 1,000-yard rushing season. “We are excited to play against a program ...

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  • FSU taking USM, Independence Bowl seriously

    FSU taking USM, Independence Bowl seriously

    Tuesday, December 26 2017 4:22 PM EST2017-12-26 21:22:23 GMT
    The Seminoles (6-6) will meet the Golden Eagles (8-4) at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at Independence Stadium. (Photo source: Walk-On's Independence Bowl Twitter)The Seminoles (6-6) will meet the Golden Eagles (8-4) at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at Independence Stadium. (Photo source: Walk-On's Independence Bowl Twitter)
    Just in case anybody was wondering if Florida State University would show up at the 42st annual Independence Bowl disinterested and complacent, FSU running back Jacques Patrick did his best to set the record straight Tuesday. “Most people think we’re going to (lie) down because it’s the Independence Bowl and it’s not the way it is,” Patrick said. “This bowl game right here is to show our determination. The circumstances we had this year, and e...More >>
    Just in case anybody was wondering if Florida State University would show up at the 42st annual Independence Bowl disinterested and complacent, FSU running back Jacques Patrick did his best to set the record straight Tuesday. “Most people think we’re going to (lie) down because it’s the Independence Bowl and it’s not the way it is,” Patrick said. “This bowl game right here is to show our determination. The circumstances we had this year, and e...More >>
  • Former Mississippi prep standout key for FSU offense

    Former Mississippi prep standout key for FSU offense

    Saturday, December 23 2017 10:24 PM EST2017-12-24 03:24:53 GMT
    Florida State running back Cam Akers; Photo source: Clarion LedgerFlorida State running back Cam Akers; Photo source: Clarion Ledger

    The University of Southern Mississippi has seen its share of good running backs during the 2017 football season. 

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    The University of Southern Mississippi has seen its share of good running backs during the 2017 football season. 

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  • Robertson following familiar path to success

    Robertson following familiar path to success

    Friday, December 22 2017 8:22 PM EST2017-12-23 01:22:57 GMT
    Southern Miss' standout receiver Korey Robertson; Photo courtesy: WDAM StaffSouthern Miss' standout receiver Korey Robertson; Photo courtesy: WDAM Staff

    Shortly after arriving at the University of Southern Mississippi in the summer or 2014, Korey Robertson wondered what on earth he had gotten himself into. 

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    Shortly after arriving at the University of Southern Mississippi in the summer or 2014, Korey Robertson wondered what on earth he had gotten himself into. 

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  • Two USM baseball players named preseason All-Americans

    Two USM baseball players named preseason All-Americans

    Monday, December 18 2017 4:56 PM EST2017-12-18 21:56:04 GMT
    Matt Wallner (left) and Nick Sandlin (right). SOURCE: Southern Miss AthleticsMatt Wallner (left) and Nick Sandlin (right). SOURCE: Southern Miss Athletics

    University of Southern Mississippi junior relief pitcher Nick Sandlin and sophomore outfielder/pitcher Matt Wallner were named second-team All-America by Collegiate Baseball. The preseason teams were announced Monday. Wallner was named Baseball America’s Freshman of the Year and National Collegiate Baseball Association’s Freshman Hitter of the Year in 2017 after hitting .336 in his year with the Golden Eagles, according to Southern Miss sports information.  The For...

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    University of Southern Mississippi junior relief pitcher Nick Sandlin and sophomore outfielder/pitcher Matt Wallner were named second-team All-America by Collegiate Baseball. The preseason teams were announced Monday. Wallner was named Baseball America’s Freshman of the Year and National Collegiate Baseball Association’s Freshman Hitter of the Year in 2017 after hitting .336 in his year with the Golden Eagles, according to Southern Miss sports information.  The For...

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  • USM's Smith says he’s headed to Senior Bowl

    USM's Smith says he’s headed to Senior Bowl

    Monday, December 18 2017 4:03 PM EST2017-12-18 21:03:36 GMT
    Source: WDAMSource: WDAM
    Growing up in Mobile, Ala., Ito Smith attended his fair share of the Senior Bowl, college football’s premier all-star showcase. Now, it appears the University of Southern Mississippi senior running back will be playing in one. Smith took to Twitter Saturday night to say that he had received an invitation to play in the 2018 Reese’s Senior Bowl at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala. “God is Good,” Smith tweeted Saturday. “From attending this game and b...More >>
    Growing up in Mobile, Ala., Ito Smith attended his fair share of the Senior Bowl, college football’s premier all-star showcase. Now, it appears the University of Southern Mississippi senior running back will be playing in one. Smith took to Twitter Saturday night to say that he had received an invitation to play in the 2018 Reese’s Senior Bowl at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala. “God is Good,” Smith tweeted Saturday. “From attending this game and b...More >>
  • Big 2nd half lifts USM over Carey, 75-58

    Big 2nd half lifts USM over Carey, 75-58

    Saturday, December 16 2017 10:29 PM EST2017-12-17 03:29:34 GMT
    Southern Miss defeats William Carey, 75-58; Photo credit: WDAM Staff (Taylor Curet)Southern Miss defeats William Carey, 75-58; Photo credit: WDAM Staff (Taylor Curet)

    For more than 30 minutes Saturday evening, the University of Southern Mississippi had its hands full at Green Coliseum with cross-town rival William Carey University.

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    For more than 30 minutes Saturday evening, the University of Southern Mississippi had its hands full at Green Coliseum with cross-town rival William Carey University.

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  • Lady Eagles roar past Sam Houston St., 58-38

    Lady Eagles roar past Sam Houston St., 58-38

    Saturday, December 16 2017 7:18 PM EST2017-12-17 00:18:11 GMT
    Photo credit: Raycom Image BankPhoto credit: Raycom Image Bank

    Senior forward Jayla King and junior Megan Brown each posted a double-double Friday night as the University of Southern Mississippi ran away from Sam Houston State University 58-38 at Green Coliseum.  

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    Senior forward Jayla King and junior Megan Brown each posted a double-double Friday night as the University of Southern Mississippi ran away from Sam Houston State University 58-38 at Green Coliseum.  

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  • Mississippi pounds Alabama, 42-7

    Mississippi pounds Alabama, 42-7

    Saturday, December 16 2017 6:44 PM EST2017-12-16 23:44:46 GMT
    MS All-stars defeat AL All-Stars 42-7; Photo Credit; WDAM Staff (Taylor Curet) via TwitterMS All-stars defeat AL All-Stars 42-7; Photo Credit; WDAM Staff (Taylor Curet) via Twitter

    If it were up to Mississippi’s high school football all-stars, they likely would suggest that every meeting with its Alabama counterparts take place at M.M. Roberts Stadium on the University of Southern Mississippi campus. 

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    If it were up to Mississippi’s high school football all-stars, they likely would suggest that every meeting with its Alabama counterparts take place at M.M. Roberts Stadium on the University of Southern Mississippi campus. 

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  • Mississippi-Alabama All-Star Game returns to Roberts Stadium

    Mississippi-Alabama All-Star Game returns to Roberts Stadium

    Friday, December 15 2017 7:58 PM EST2017-12-16 00:58:39 GMT
    SOURCE: MS Association of CoachesSOURCE: MS Association of Coaches
    The Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Football Game is returning to Mississippi soil Saturday for just the second time in the series’ history. That inaugural game at M.M. Roberts Stadium on the University of Southern Mississippi campus worked out well for the home-standing team. In 2015, former Laurel High School quarterback Keon Howard threw four touchdown passes and Mississippi snapped a seven-game losing streak to Alabama with a 28-21 victory. Saturday at noon, the 31st an...More >>
    The Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Football Game is returning to Mississippi soil Saturday for just the second time in the series’ history. That inaugural game at M.M. Roberts Stadium on the University of Southern Mississippi campus worked out well for the home-standing team. In 2015, former Laurel High School quarterback Keon Howard threw four touchdown passes and Mississippi snapped a seven-game losing streak to Alabama with a 28-21 victory. Saturday at noon, the 31st an...More >>
  • Dozier presented key to City of Hattiesburg

    Dozier presented key to City of Hattiesburg

    Thursday, December 14 2017 7:16 PM EST2017-12-15 00:16:57 GMT
    Brian Dozier awarded key to city. SOURCE: USM baseballBrian Dozier awarded key to city. SOURCE: USM baseball
    When he’s not making the highlight reels during the major league baseball season, Minnesota Twins second baseman Brian Dozier and his wife, Renee, call Hattiesburg home. Now, the former University of Southern Mississippi standout has his very own key to the city that embraced him during his days as a Golden Eagle. Hattiesburg Mayor Toby Barker honored Dozier Thursday during a ceremony at City Hall, presenting him with a proclamation and “lifetime key to the City of Hatti...More >>
    When he’s not making the highlight reels during the major league baseball season, Minnesota Twins second baseman Brian Dozier and his wife, Renee, call Hattiesburg home. Now, the former University of Southern Mississippi standout has his very own key to the city that embraced him during his days as a Golden Eagle. Hattiesburg Mayor Toby Barker honored Dozier Thursday during a ceremony at City Hall, presenting him with a proclamation and “lifetime key to the City of Hatti...More >>
  • USM storms past Troy, 89-71

    USM storms past Troy, 89-71

    Sunday, December 10 2017 7:09 PM EST2017-12-11 00:09:41 GMT
    USM Men's basketball get the win against Troy; Photo courtesy: WDAM Staff (Taylor Curet)USM Men's basketball get the win against Troy; Photo courtesy: WDAM Staff (Taylor Curet)

    When you want instant coffee, you add hot water.

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    When you want instant coffee, you add hot water.

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  • USM to face familiar foe in bowl game

    USM to face familiar foe in bowl game

    Tuesday, December 5 2017 10:07 PM EST2017-12-06 03:07:56 GMT
    Former USM quarterback Brett Favre leading Southern Miss to win over Flordia State in 1989. SOURCE: southernmiss.comFormer USM quarterback Brett Favre leading Southern Miss to win over Flordia State in 1989. SOURCE: southernmiss.com

    The Walk-On’s Independence Bowl was not initially on the University of Southern Mississippi’s radar when it came to possible postseason destinations. But down the stretch of the season, as it became clear that the Southeastern Conference was going to have trouble supplying teams for its bowl tie-ins, the Golden Eagles popped up on the Independence Bowl’s post-Christmas list. Sunday evening, the Golden Eagles were extended an invitation to play in the 42ndedition of...

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    The Walk-On’s Independence Bowl was not initially on the University of Southern Mississippi’s radar when it came to possible postseason destinations. But down the stretch of the season, as it became clear that the Southeastern Conference was going to have trouble supplying teams for its bowl tie-ins, the Golden Eagles popped up on the Independence Bowl’s post-Christmas list. Sunday evening, the Golden Eagles were extended an invitation to play in the 42ndedition of...

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  • Murphy, West Point too much for Hattiesburg

    Murphy, West Point too much for Hattiesburg

    Sunday, December 3 2017 12:18 AM EST2017-12-03 05:18:07 GMT
    Photo credit: WDAM StaffPhoto credit: WDAM Staff

    For a second consecutive year, West Point High School let its opponent hang around for a while in the Class 5A state championship football game.

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    For a second consecutive year, West Point High School let its opponent hang around for a while in the Class 5A state championship football game.

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  • With bow to its history, Jefferson Davis Co. football creates new tradition

    With bow to its history, Jefferson Davis Co. football creates new tradition

    Sunday, December 3 2017 12:16 AM EST2017-12-03 05:16:48 GMT
    Jeff Davis defeats Yazoo Co. 36-7.; Photo credit: WDAM StaffJeff Davis defeats Yazoo Co. 36-7.; Photo credit: WDAM Staff

    The 2017 football season wasn’t necessarily all that easy for Jefferson Davis County High School.

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    The 2017 football season wasn’t necessarily all that easy for Jefferson Davis County High School.

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  • Taylorsville knocks off Winona for Class 2A football crown

    Taylorsville knocks off Winona for Class 2A football crown

    Friday, December 1 2017 10:01 PM EST2017-12-02 03:01:43 GMT
    Photo credit: WDAMPhoto credit: WDAM

    Taylorsville received to start the game and the drove down the field into Winona territory. On a fourth down and 7 from the 15-yard line, Tartar quarterback Ty Keyes rolled out of the pocket to find Letreal Jones open in the back of the endzone to take a 7-0 lead.  The Tigers responded on the next possession after a Taylorsville personal foul extended the drive, leading to a 6-yard touchdown run by D.J. Ringo and an extra point to tie the game at 7.  In the secon...

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    Taylorsville received to start the game and the drove down the field into Winona territory. On a fourth down and 7 from the 15-yard line, Tartar quarterback Ty Keyes rolled out of the pocket to find Letreal Jones open in the back of the endzone to take a 7-0 lead.  The Tigers responded on the next possession after a Taylorsville personal foul extended the drive, leading to a 6-yard touchdown run by D.J. Ringo and an extra point to tie the game at 7.  In the secon...

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  • Taylorsville not concerned with expectations, just playing good football

    Taylorsville not concerned with expectations, just playing good football

    Friday, December 1 2017 3:55 PM EST2017-12-01 20:55:52 GMT
    Photo credit: WDAMPhoto credit: WDAM

    Expectations are not necessarily a bad thing. Taylorsville High School football coach Chuck Robertson should know. Robertson was with the Tartars when they last played for a state championship 10 years ago, has been the head coach at the school the past two years where double-digit football victories are more the rule than the exception. And Robertson will be on the sideline at 3 p.m. Friday when Taylorsville (14-1) meets Winona High School (11-3) at 3 p.m. in the Class 2A champion...

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    Expectations are not necessarily a bad thing. Taylorsville High School football coach Chuck Robertson should know. Robertson was with the Tartars when they last played for a state championship 10 years ago, has been the head coach at the school the past two years where double-digit football victories are more the rule than the exception. And Robertson will be on the sideline at 3 p.m. Friday when Taylorsville (14-1) meets Winona High School (11-3) at 3 p.m. in the Class 2A champion...

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  • Hattiesburg seeking state championship Saturday

    Hattiesburg seeking state championship Saturday

    Thursday, November 30 2017 9:53 PM EST2017-12-01 02:53:42 GMT
    Photo credit: WDAMPhoto credit: WDAM
    Every week of the 2017 football season, Hattiesburg High School successfully has met every challenge. The Tigers will face their biggest of the challenge of the season Saturday night in one of the biggest games in the program’s history. Hattiesburg (14-0) will meet defending champion West Point High School (14-0) in the Class 5A state championship game at 7 p.m. Saturday at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium on the University of Mississippi campus in Oxford. “Me and their coach (...More >>
    Every week of the 2017 football season, Hattiesburg High School successfully has met every challenge. The Tigers will face their biggest of the challenge of the season Saturday night in one of the biggest games in the program’s history. Hattiesburg (14-0) will meet defending champion West Point High School (14-0) in the Class 5A state championship game at 7 p.m. Saturday at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium on the University of Mississippi campus in Oxford. “Me and their coach (...More >>
  • Jefferson Davis County looking for historic finish to football season

    Jefferson Davis County looking for historic finish to football season

    Thursday, November 30 2017 8:18 PM EST2017-12-01 01:18:53 GMT
    Photo credit: WDAMPhoto credit: WDAM
    Coming into summer football workouts, Jefferson Davis County High coach Lance Mancuso wasn’t exactly sure just how the meshing of players of two former rival programs was going to work out. As Mancuso’s Jaguars prepare for their final game of the 2017 football season, one would suggest that the combination of the former Bassfield and Prentiss high school programs has worked out more than fine. Jefferson Davis County will play for a Class 3A state championship at 11 a.m. ...More >>
    Coming into summer football workouts, Jefferson Davis County High coach Lance Mancuso wasn’t exactly sure just how the meshing of players of two former rival programs was going to work out. As Mancuso’s Jaguars prepare for their final game of the 2017 football season, one would suggest that the combination of the former Bassfield and Prentiss high school programs has worked out more than fine. Jefferson Davis County will play for a Class 3A state championship at 11 a.m. ...More >>
  • USM runs out of steam, falls to Northern Colorado, 77-63

    USM runs out of steam, falls to Northern Colorado, 77-63

    Monday, November 27 2017 5:11 PM EST2017-11-27 22:11:02 GMT
    Photo credit: Raycom Image BankPhoto credit: Raycom Image Bank

    The University of Southern Mississippi could not keep pace with the University of Northern Colorado Sunday morning, seeing a four-point halftime lead vanish in a 77-63 loss at the Sanford Pentagon Showcase.

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    The University of Southern Mississippi could not keep pace with the University of Northern Colorado Sunday morning, seeing a four-point halftime lead vanish in a 77-63 loss at the Sanford Pentagon Showcase.

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  • Jaguars following first-time but familiar path

    Jaguars following first-time but familiar path

    Sunday, November 26 2017 7:58 PM EST2017-11-27 00:58:21 GMT
    Photo credit: WDAMPhoto credit: WDAM

    BASSFIELD _ Jefferson Davis County High School may be in its first year of existence, but dang if the Jaguars aren’t playing like the Bassfield High School teams of yesteryear.

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    BASSFIELD _ Jefferson Davis County High School may be in its first year of existence, but dang if the Jaguars aren’t playing like the Bassfield High School teams of yesteryear.

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  • Lady Eagles smother Alabama State, 72-35

    Lady Eagles smother Alabama State, 72-35

    Sunday, November 26 2017 2:12 PM EST2017-11-26 19:12:16 GMT
    Photo credit: Jayson Burnett (WDAM)Photo credit: Jayson Burnett (WDAM)

    The University of Southern Mississippi limited Alabama State University to 21.3 percent shooting as USM defeated the Lady Hornets 72-35 Saturday in the Lady Eagle Thanksgiving Classic at Reed Green Coliseum.

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    The University of Southern Mississippi limited Alabama State University to 21.3 percent shooting as USM defeated the Lady Hornets 72-35 Saturday in the Lady Eagle Thanksgiving Classic at Reed Green Coliseum.

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  • Botched extra point helps USM down Marshall

    Botched extra point helps USM down Marshall

    Sunday, November 26 2017 1:37 PM EST2017-11-26 18:37:54 GMT
    Photo credit: Taylor Curet (WDAM)Photo credit: Taylor Curet (WDAM)

     Just when it looked like the University of Southern Mississippi had allowed Marshall University to tie the game with just over a minute to play, what’s possibly the least-expected play in football took place.

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     Just when it looked like the University of Southern Mississippi had allowed Marshall University to tie the game with just over a minute to play, what’s possibly the least-expected play in football took place.

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  • South Dakota pulls away in 2nd half to down USM

    South Dakota pulls away in 2nd half to down USM

    Saturday, November 25 2017 2:51 PM EST2017-11-25 19:51:59 GMT
    Photo credit: Raycom Image BankPhoto credit: Raycom Image Bank

    The University of South Dakota broke open a close game Friday with early in the second half to pull away to an 84-71 win over the University of Southern Mississippi in the Samford Pentagon Showcase. 

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    The University of South Dakota broke open a close game Friday with early in the second half to pull away to an 84-71 win over the University of Southern Mississippi in the Samford Pentagon Showcase. 

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  • Lady Eagles hold off Alcorn State, 72-67

    Lady Eagles hold off Alcorn State, 72-67

    Saturday, November 25 2017 1:15 PM EST2017-11-25 18:15:57 GMT
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    Senior forward Jayla King scored a career-high 30 points Friday night as the University of Southern Mississippi held off Alcorn State University in the second half to take a 72-67 victory in the opening round of the Lady Eagle Thanksgiving Classic at Reed Green Colisuem.

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    Senior forward Jayla King scored a career-high 30 points Friday night as the University of Southern Mississippi held off Alcorn State University in the second half to take a 72-67 victory in the opening round of the Lady Eagle Thanksgiving Classic at Reed Green Colisuem.

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  • HHS’ Allen steps up in South State victory

    HHS’ Allen steps up in South State victory

    Saturday, November 25 2017 1:11 PM EST2017-11-25 18:11:16 GMT
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     Hattiesburg High School junior running back Drexlan Allen hadn’t been overlooked in the scheme of the Tigers’ 2017 football season.

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     Hattiesburg High School junior running back Drexlan Allen hadn’t been overlooked in the scheme of the Tigers’ 2017 football season.

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  • Hattiesburg headed to State after 33-22 win over Laurel

    Hattiesburg headed to State after 33-22 win over Laurel

    Saturday, November 25 2017 1:04 AM EST2017-11-25 06:04:05 GMT
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    Copyright WDAM 2017. All rights reserved.

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    Copyright WDAM 2017. All rights reserved.

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  • USM hoping to end regular season on high note

    USM hoping to end regular season on high note

    Friday, November 24 2017 5:32 PM EST2017-11-24 22:32:02 GMT
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    University of Southern Mississippi football coach Jay Hopson consistently declined to look beyond the next game on his team’s schedule, insisting his team maintain that focus as well. But, even should his charges adhere to that attitude, Saturday afternoon’s meeting at Marshall University could mark a milestone in the program’s history while certainly buttressing the Golden Eagles’ postseason profile. Kickoff is set for 1:30 p.m. at Edwards Stadium in Hunting...More >>
    University of Southern Mississippi football coach Jay Hopson consistently declined to look beyond the next game on his team’s schedule, insisting his team maintain that focus as well. But, even should his charges adhere to that attitude, Saturday afternoon’s meeting at Marshall University could mark a milestone in the program’s history while certainly buttressing the Golden Eagles’ postseason profile. Kickoff is set for 1:30 p.m. at Edwards Stadium in Hunting...More >>
  • Hattiesburg-Laurel to decide class 5A South State title

    Hattiesburg-Laurel to decide class 5A South State title

    Friday, November 24 2017 4:00 PM EST2017-11-24 21:00:39 GMT
    Hattiesburg high school quarterback Jarod Conner. Courtesy: WDAMHattiesburg high school quarterback Jarod Conner. Courtesy: WDAM
    Every year, the football teams from Hattiesburg and Laurel high schools line up in “The Battle for the Lil’ Brown Jug,” the longest, continually-played rivalry in Mississippi. Friday night, the two teams meet in an even more important game with an even larger prize at stake: a potential Class 5A state championship trophy. The unbeaten Tigers (13-0) will welcome the Golden Tornadoes (9-4) to what is expected to be an over-flowing D.I. Patrick Stadium at 7 p.m. Frida...More >>
    Every year, the football teams from Hattiesburg and Laurel high schools line up in “The Battle for the Lil’ Brown Jug,” the longest, continually-played rivalry in Mississippi. Friday night, the two teams meet in an even more important game with an even larger prize at stake: a potential Class 5A state championship trophy. The unbeaten Tigers (13-0) will welcome the Golden Tornadoes (9-4) to what is expected to be an over-flowing D.I. Patrick Stadium at 7 p.m. Frida...More >>
  • Collins to clash with Taylorsville in Class 2A South State

    Collins to clash with Taylorsville in Class 2A South State

    Friday, November 24 2017 3:49 PM EST2017-11-24 20:49:16 GMT
    Taylorsville high school football. Courtesy: WDAMTaylorsville high school football. Courtesy: WDAM

    One year ago, the football teams of Collins and Taylorsville high schools found themselves in unfamiliar positions. The Tartars won only four games, slipping into the Class 2A playoffs only to lose in the first round and log the school’s first losing record in a dozen years. The Tigers, who were coming off consecutive Class 3A state championships, won just two games and were on the sidelines at the end of the regular season.

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    One year ago, the football teams of Collins and Taylorsville high schools found themselves in unfamiliar positions. The Tartars won only four games, slipping into the Class 2A playoffs only to lose in the first round and log the school’s first losing record in a dozen years. The Tigers, who were coming off consecutive Class 3A state championships, won just two games and were on the sidelines at the end of the regular season.

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  • USM blasts Blue Mountain, 90-46

    USM blasts Blue Mountain, 90-46

    Monday, November 20 2017 10:30 PM EST2017-11-21 03:30:48 GMT
    Photo credit: USMPhoto credit: USM

    The University of Southern Mississippi opened play in the Sanford Pentagon Showcase Monday night about 1,100 miles from the site of the round-robin tournament’s next three rounds. 

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    The University of Southern Mississippi opened play in the Sanford Pentagon Showcase Monday night about 1,100 miles from the site of the round-robin tournament’s next three rounds. 

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  • Laurel stuns Brookhaven to reach 5th consecutive South State title game

    Laurel stuns Brookhaven to reach 5th consecutive South State title game

    Sunday, November 19 2017 5:07 PM EST2017-11-19 22:07:40 GMT
    Source: WDAMSource: WDAM
    Friday night, the Laurel High School football team found itself in a situation that few thought the Golden Tornadoes could overcome successfully. Few, except a bunch of guys in cardinal and gold on the Laurel sideline. Down 22-14 in its Class 5A South State semifinal game with Brookhaven High School, Laurel scored twice in the final 90 seconds of the game, including Zias Perryman’s game-winning 9-yard touchdown run with 8 seconds to play as the Golden Tornadoes stunned the Pan...More >>
    Friday night, the Laurel High School football team found itself in a situation that few thought the Golden Tornadoes could overcome successfully. Few, except a bunch of guys in cardinal and gold on the Laurel sideline. Down 22-14 in its Class 5A South State semifinal game with Brookhaven High School, Laurel scored twice in the final 90 seconds of the game, including Zias Perryman’s game-winning 9-yard touchdown run with 8 seconds to play as the Golden Tornadoes stunned the Pan...More >>
  • USM caps home football season with 66-21 rout of Charlotte

    USM caps home football season with 66-21 rout of Charlotte

    Saturday, November 18 2017 8:03 PM EST2017-11-19 01:03:16 GMT
    Courtesy: Taylor Curet (WDAM)Courtesy: Taylor Curet (WDAM)
     Senior Day turned out to be a pretty pleasant afternoon for the University of Southern Mississippi football team and its 23 seniors Saturday at MM. Roberts Stadium. Senior running back Ito Smith rushed for 153 yards and three touchdowns and senior defensive back Kelsey Douglas became the first Golden Eagle since 1967 to return two interceptions in a game for touchdowns as Southern Miss rolled throttled the University of North Carolina-Charlotte 66-21. “Offensively and de...More >>
     Senior Day turned out to be a pretty pleasant afternoon for the University of Southern Mississippi football team and its 23 seniors Saturday at MM. Roberts Stadium. Senior running back Ito Smith rushed for 153 yards and three touchdowns and senior defensive back Kelsey Douglas became the first Golden Eagle since 1967 to return two interceptions in a game for touchdowns as Southern Miss rolled throttled the University of North Carolina-Charlotte 66-21. “Offensively and de...More >>
  • Hattiesburg, Laurel to meet for South State crown

    Hattiesburg, Laurel to meet for South State crown

    Saturday, November 18 2017 7:27 PM EST2017-11-19 00:27:52 GMT
    Hattiesburg high school football. Courtesy: WDAMHattiesburg high school football. Courtesy: WDAM

    PERKINSTON _ Another Friday night and another win mean just another step toward the ultimate goal for Hattiesburg High School’s football team.

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    PERKINSTON _ Another Friday night and another win mean just another step toward the ultimate goal for Hattiesburg High School’s football team.

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  • Keyes, Roberts help Taylorsville past North Forrest, 49-14

    Keyes, Roberts help Taylorsville past North Forrest, 49-14

    Saturday, November 18 2017 1:03 AM EST2017-11-18 06:03:12 GMT
    Photo credit: WDAMPhoto credit: WDAM

    Copyright WDAM 2017. All rights reserved. 

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    Copyright WDAM 2017. All rights reserved. 

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  • USM hopes to send seniors out on winning note

    USM hopes to send seniors out on winning note

    Friday, November 17 2017 4:19 PM EST2017-11-17 21:19:07 GMT
    Source: WDAMSource: WDAM
    The University of Southern Mississippi will be saying farewell to nearly a quarter of their football roster Saturday afternoon at M.M. Roberts Stadium. And USM football coach Jay Hopson said he hopes the 23-man senior class will be sent out with a bang in the final home game of their careers. “Just a special day,” Hopson said. “Hopefully, we have a big crowd to send these seniors out. They’re a bunch of young men (who) have done a lot of tremendous things for...More >>
    The University of Southern Mississippi will be saying farewell to nearly a quarter of their football roster Saturday afternoon at M.M. Roberts Stadium. And USM football coach Jay Hopson said he hopes the 23-man senior class will be sent out with a bang in the final home game of their careers. “Just a special day,” Hopson said. “Hopefully, we have a big crowd to send these seniors out. They’re a bunch of young men (who) have done a lot of tremendous things for...More >>
  • Taylorsville, North Forrest looking to take another postseason step

    Taylorsville, North Forrest looking to take another postseason step

    Thursday, November 16 2017 8:23 PM EST2017-11-17 01:23:43 GMT
    Source: WDAMSource: WDAM
    Taylorsville and North Forrest high schools both have progressed further into the Class 2A football playoffs than either did last year. But that doesn’t mean either is ready to stop now. One team will continue its journey after the two teams meet at 7 p.m. Friday in Eatonville in a South State Class 2A semifinal game. “We’ve emphasized all week, ‘Hey, you’ve come this far, you’ve come this close, let’s not have a letdown,’”...More >>
    Taylorsville and North Forrest high schools both have progressed further into the Class 2A football playoffs than either did last year. But that doesn’t mean either is ready to stop now. One team will continue its journey after the two teams meet at 7 p.m. Friday in Eatonville in a South State Class 2A semifinal game. “We’ve emphasized all week, ‘Hey, you’ve come this far, you’ve come this close, let’s not have a letdown,’”...More >>
  • Poplarville visits Purvis in playoff rematch

    Poplarville visits Purvis in playoff rematch

    Thursday, November 16 2017 8:04 PM EST2017-11-17 01:04:31 GMT
    Source: WDAMSource: WDAM
    Pressure can do many things. Pressure can make diamonds. Pressure can tear things apart. We applaud grace under pressure, the exquisite performance under the gun. We extol those who seemingly ignore it, shoulder it, can cope with it, or better yet, excel despite it. Pressure makes for intrigue in the Friday night Region 7-4A rematch between Poplarville and Purvis high schools in a semifinal of the South State Class 4A playoffs. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at Purvis. Both have hand...More >>
    Pressure can do many things. Pressure can make diamonds. Pressure can tear things apart. We applaud grace under pressure, the exquisite performance under the gun. We extol those who seemingly ignore it, shoulder it, can cope with it, or better yet, excel despite it. Pressure makes for intrigue in the Friday night Region 7-4A rematch between Poplarville and Purvis high schools in a semifinal of the South State Class 4A playoffs. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at Purvis. Both have hand...More >>
  • USM’s win at Rice provides dividends, recognition

    USM’s win at Rice provides dividends, recognition

    Monday, November 13 2017 9:32 PM EST2017-11-14 02:32:18 GMT
    Photo credit: WDAMPhoto credit: WDAM
    University of Southern Mississippi offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson had a moment with his defensive counterpart Tony Pecoraro Saturday following the Golden Eagles’ 43-34 Conference USA at the University of Rice. “I think we were just thankful we won,” Dawson said, smiling. “I don’t remember exactly what was said, but it was probably something along those lines. It was suggested to Dawson that Pecararo might have been saying thank you for an offensiv...More >>
    University of Southern Mississippi offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson had a moment with his defensive counterpart Tony Pecoraro Saturday following the Golden Eagles’ 43-34 Conference USA at the University of Rice. “I think we were just thankful we won,” Dawson said, smiling. “I don’t remember exactly what was said, but it was probably something along those lines. It was suggested to Dawson that Pecararo might have been saying thank you for an offensiv...More >>
  • Laurel sets up Class 5A rematch with Brookhaven, Poplarville to face Purvis in Class 4A south state semis

    Laurel sets up Class 5A rematch with Brookhaven, Poplarville to face Purvis in Class 4A south state semis

    Monday, November 13 2017 8:32 PM EST2017-11-14 01:32:42 GMT
    Source: WDAMSource: WDAM

    PICAYUNE: In a football game that on offense resembled two heavyweight boxers walking into the middle of the ring to take turns swapping haymakers, Laurel High School’s defense, in the end, simply stole the bout. Three interceptions on three consecutive Picayune High School possessions in the latter part of the fourth quarter set up the Golden Tornadoes’ go-ahead touchdown Friday night and then sealed a 42-35 victory over the Maroon Tide in the in the opening round o...

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    PICAYUNE: In a football game that on offense resembled two heavyweight boxers walking into the middle of the ring to take turns swapping haymakers, Laurel High School’s defense, in the end, simply stole the bout. Three interceptions on three consecutive Picayune High School possessions in the latter part of the fourth quarter set up the Golden Tornadoes’ go-ahead touchdown Friday night and then sealed a 42-35 victory over the Maroon Tide in the in the opening round o...

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  • Pine Belt teams to vie for Class 2A South State football crown

    Pine Belt teams to vie for Class 2A South State football crown

    Monday, November 13 2017 5:41 PM EST2017-11-13 22:41:30 GMT
    Source: WDAMSource: WDAM
    Heading into the weekend of the semifinals of the South State high school football playoffs, each of the six classifications features at least one team from the Pine Belt viewing area still chasing a state championship dream. The whittling resumes Friday night, and in the case of Class 2A, the Pine Belt is assured of having a representative playing for a state football title the first weekend in December on the University of Mississippi campus in Oxford. North Forrest 50, Enterprise...More >>
    Heading into the weekend of the semifinals of the South State high school football playoffs, each of the six classifications features at least one team from the Pine Belt viewing area still chasing a state championship dream. The whittling resumes Friday night, and in the case of Class 2A, the Pine Belt is assured of having a representative playing for a state football title the first weekend in December on the University of Mississippi campus in Oxford. North Forrest 50, Enterprise...More >>
  • Lumberton, Jefferson Davis, Stringer, Petal advance to South State semifinals

    Lumberton, Jefferson Davis, Stringer, Petal advance to South State semifinals

    Sunday, November 12 2017 8:24 PM EST2017-11-13 01:24:25 GMT
    courtesy: wdamcourtesy: wdam

    LUMBERTON _ Lumberton High School has made a habit of starting slowly in its football games this fall.

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    LUMBERTON _ Lumberton High School has made a habit of starting slowly in its football games this fall.

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  • USM football hangs on for 43-34 at Rice

    USM football hangs on for 43-34 at Rice

    Saturday, November 11 2017 8:14 PM EST2017-11-12 01:14:28 GMT
    USM head football coach Jay Hopson. Courtesy: WDAMUSM head football coach Jay Hopson. Courtesy: WDAM

    For the better part of the last three quarters of play Saturday afternoon, the University of Southern Mississippi defense had few answers for Rice University. 

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    For the better part of the last three quarters of play Saturday afternoon, the University of Southern Mississippi defense had few answers for Rice University. 

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  • Hattiesburg defense sets tone in Class 5A win over South Jones

    Hattiesburg defense sets tone in Class 5A win over South Jones

    Saturday, November 11 2017 2:25 PM EST2017-11-11 19:25:40 GMT
    Photo credit: Ryan Moore, WDAMPhoto credit: Ryan Moore, WDAM

    Copyright WDAM 2017. All rights reserved. 

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    Copyright WDAM 2017. All rights reserved. 

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  • USM football looking to extend Rice streak

    USM football looking to extend Rice streak

    Friday, November 10 2017 7:33 PM EST2017-11-11 00:33:56 GMT
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    Perhaps Saturday’s Conference USA football contest between the University of Southern Mississippi and Rice University should be dubbed the “Clinch or Snap Game.”

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    Perhaps Saturday’s Conference USA football contest between the University of Southern Mississippi and Rice University should be dubbed the “Clinch or Snap Game.”

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  • Lady Eagles run past William Carey, 82-44

    Lady Eagles run past William Carey, 82-44

    Friday, November 10 2017 6:49 PM EST2017-11-10 23:49:08 GMT
    Lady Golden Eagles; credit: Jonathan MarshallLady Golden Eagles; credit: Jonathan Marshall

    The University of Southern Mississippi women’s basketball team got about what expected from its season-opening game Friday afternoon with cross-town rival William Carey University.

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    The University of Southern Mississippi women’s basketball team got about what expected from its season-opening game Friday afternoon with cross-town rival William Carey University.

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  • Stakes even higher in Perry Central-Taylorsville rematch

    Stakes even higher in Perry Central-Taylorsville rematch

    Thursday, November 9 2017 7:42 PM EST2017-11-10 00:42:25 GMT
    Source: WDAMSource: WDAM
    When Taylorsville and Perry Central high schools met on the football field Sept. 22 in New Augusta, a potential unbeaten regular season was on the line. Friday night, both teams will be competing to continue playing this season. The Bulldogs (10-1) will visit the Tartars (11-1) at 7 p.m. Friday for a second-round showdown in the Class 2A playoffs. The winner will face the winner of Friday’s Enterprise (Clarke)-North Forrest second-round game in a Class 2A South State semifina...More >>
    When Taylorsville and Perry Central high schools met on the football field Sept. 22 in New Augusta, a potential unbeaten regular season was on the line. Friday night, both teams will be competing to continue playing this season. The Bulldogs (10-1) will visit the Tartars (11-1) at 7 p.m. Friday for a second-round showdown in the Class 2A playoffs. The winner will face the winner of Friday’s Enterprise (Clarke)-North Forrest second-round game in a Class 2A South State semifina...More >>
  • Unbeaten Hattiesburg meets South Jones in opening-round 5A clash

    Unbeaten Hattiesburg meets South Jones in opening-round 5A clash

    Thursday, November 9 2017 5:18 PM EST2017-11-09 22:18:16 GMT
    Source: WDAMSource: WDAM
    For the past three months, Hattiesburg High School football has followed a simple mantra during its weekly preparation for each upcoming opponent. “When the game is over, we want to be 1-0 that week,” HHS coach Tony Vance has said on more than one occasion. “We tell our guys we want to be 1-0 every week.” So far, that creed has worked to perfection, with the Tigers ripping off 11 consecutive victories on their way to a Region 4-5A championship and the first u...More >>
    For the past three months, Hattiesburg High School football has followed a simple mantra during its weekly preparation for each upcoming opponent. “When the game is over, we want to be 1-0 that week,” HHS coach Tony Vance has said on more than one occasion. “We tell our guys we want to be 1-0 every week.” So far, that creed has worked to perfection, with the Tigers ripping off 11 consecutive victories on their way to a Region 4-5A championship and the first u...More >>
  • Sacred Heart ends tough football season on high note

    Sacred Heart ends tough football season on high note

    Tuesday, November 7 2017 8:42 PM EST2017-11-08 01:42:14 GMT
    Source: WDAMSource: WDAM

    HATTIESBURG: Sacred Heart High School may not be going to postseason play this year, not after a series of midseason injuries contributed to a four-game losing streak that all but dashed the Crusaders’ playoff hopes. 

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    HATTIESBURG: Sacred Heart High School may not be going to postseason play this year, not after a series of midseason injuries contributed to a four-game losing streak that all but dashed the Crusaders’ playoff hopes. 

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  • USM quarterback Kwadra Griggs expected to start Saturday

    USM quarterback Kwadra Griggs expected to start Saturday

    Tuesday, November 7 2017 12:52 AM EST2017-11-07 05:52:19 GMT
    USM junior quarterback Kwadra Griggs. Courtesy: WDAMUSM junior quarterback Kwadra Griggs. Courtesy: WDAM

    Shortly after the University of Southern Mississippi’s 24-10 loss Saturday night at the University of Tennessee, USM coach Jay Hopson acknowledged a change likely was forthcoming at quarterback for the Golden Eagles.

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    Shortly after the University of Southern Mississippi’s 24-10 loss Saturday night at the University of Tennessee, USM coach Jay Hopson acknowledged a change likely was forthcoming at quarterback for the Golden Eagles.

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  • Columbia Academy takes another step forward on football field

    Columbia Academy takes another step forward on football field

    Monday, November 6 2017 9:09 PM EST2017-11-07 02:09:45 GMT
    Source: WDAMSource: WDAM
    COLUMBIA: Last season, the Columbia Academy Cougars made the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools football playoffs for the first time since 2012, winning an opening-round game before falling in the second round of the postseason. This fall, the Cougars have taken another step forward. Sophomore quarterback Ras Pace rushed for 139 yards and four touchdowns and threw for a fifth as Columbia Academy took down once-beaten Riverfield Academy Friday 38-26 in Rayville, La. The ...More >>
    COLUMBIA: Last season, the Columbia Academy Cougars made the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools football playoffs for the first time since 2012, winning an opening-round game before falling in the second round of the postseason. This fall, the Cougars have taken another step forward. Sophomore quarterback Ras Pace rushed for 139 yards and four touchdowns and threw for a fifth as Columbia Academy took down once-beaten Riverfield Academy Friday 38-26 in Rayville, La. The ...More >>
  • Hattiesburg wraps up unbeaten regular-season

    Hattiesburg wraps up unbeaten regular-season

    Sunday, November 5 2017 12:08 PM EST2017-11-05 17:08:41 GMT
    Courtesy: WDAMCourtesy: WDAM

    GULFPORT_ For the first time since 1998, the Hattiesburg High School football team finished a regular season unbeaten. . 

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    GULFPORT_ For the first time since 1998, the Hattiesburg High School football team finished a regular season unbeaten. . 

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  • USM wins yardage battle, loses scoreboard war at Tennessee

    USM wins yardage battle, loses scoreboard war at Tennessee

    Sunday, November 5 2017 1:22 AM EST2017-11-05 06:22:11 GMT
    source: wdamsource: wdam

    Southern Miss drops to 5-4 on the season after their 24-10 loss against Tennessee. 

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    Southern Miss drops to 5-4 on the season after their 24-10 loss against Tennessee. 

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  • USM football facing tough bounce-back at Tennessee

    USM football facing tough bounce-back at Tennessee

    Saturday, November 4 2017 5:37 PM EDT2017-11-04 21:37:28 GMT
    Coach Jay HopsonCoach Jay Hopson

    The previous time the University of Southern Mississippi lost a football game, the Golden Eagles responded with a three-game winning streak.

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    The previous time the University of Southern Mississippi lost a football game, the Golden Eagles responded with a three-game winning streak.

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  • Perry Central rolls, sets up Class 2A rematch with Taylorsville

    Perry Central rolls, sets up Class 2A rematch with Taylorsville

    Saturday, November 4 2017 12:42 AM EDT2017-11-04 04:42:05 GMT
    Perry Central vs. St. Joseph Catholic; 49-0Perry Central vs. St. Joseph Catholic; 49-0

    Perry Central High School got off to a very fast start Friday night in the opening round of the Class 2A playoffs.

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    Perry Central High School got off to a very fast start Friday night in the opening round of the Class 2A playoffs.

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  • Perry Central opens Class 2A title quest with Madison St. Joseph

    Perry Central opens Class 2A title quest with Madison St. Joseph

    Friday, November 3 2017 5:22 PM EDT2017-11-03 21:22:02 GMT
    Perry Central BulldogsPerry Central Bulldogs

     Last week, Perry Central High School put the finishing touches on one of the more successful football regular seasons in school history.

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     Last week, Perry Central High School put the finishing touches on one of the more successful football regular seasons in school history.

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  • West Jones, Brookhaven to duel for Region 3-5A crown

    West Jones, Brookhaven to duel for Region 3-5A crown

    Thursday, November 2 2017 9:54 PM EDT2017-11-03 01:54:29 GMT
    Source: WDAMSource: WDAM
    The Class 5A football playoffs won’t start for another week. But the showdown at 7 p.m. Friday at West Jones High School ought to provide one heck of a preview of coming events when the Mustangs (8-2, 6-0 Region 3-5A) welcome Brookhaven High School (9-1, 6-0). “The way we look at it this starts the playoffs one week early for us,” West Jones coach Scott Pierson said. “What it does, and not in exact terms, but it lets you start preparing to play against a team...More >>
    The Class 5A football playoffs won’t start for another week. But the showdown at 7 p.m. Friday at West Jones High School ought to provide one heck of a preview of coming events when the Mustangs (8-2, 6-0 Region 3-5A) welcome Brookhaven High School (9-1, 6-0). “The way we look at it this starts the playoffs one week early for us,” West Jones coach Scott Pierson said. “What it does, and not in exact terms, but it lets you start preparing to play against a team...More >>
  • USM disappointed with Saturday’s late play, outcome

    USM disappointed with Saturday’s late play, outcome

    Tuesday, October 31 2017 5:33 PM EDT2017-10-31 21:33:42 GMT
    USM Jay Hopson. Courtesy: WDAMUSM Jay Hopson. Courtesy: WDAM
    Saturday was not what the University of Southern Mississippi football team wanted. Not at all. After leading 12-7 at halftime, USM’s offense went stale in the second half, and though trailing just 13-12 heading into the fourth quarter, the Golden Eagles’ defense could not stop the University of Alabama-Birmingham from taking a 30-12 Conference USA victory at M.M. Roberts Stadium. The loss snapped a three-game winning streak by the Golden Eagles (5-3, 3-2 C-USA) and gave...More >>
    Saturday was not what the University of Southern Mississippi football team wanted. Not at all. After leading 12-7 at halftime, USM’s offense went stale in the second half, and though trailing just 13-12 heading into the fourth quarter, the Golden Eagles’ defense could not stop the University of Alabama-Birmingham from taking a 30-12 Conference USA victory at M.M. Roberts Stadium. The loss snapped a three-game winning streak by the Golden Eagles (5-3, 3-2 C-USA) and gave...More >>
  • USM athletics to come under Adidas apparel umbrella

    USM athletics to come under Adidas apparel umbrella

    Tuesday, October 31 2017 2:41 PM EDT2017-10-31 18:41:41 GMT
    SOURCE: WDAMSOURCE: WDAM
    The University of Southern Mississippi athletic teams are about to get a different look starting next season. The Golden Eagles still will sport the black-and-gold, but all 16 athletic teams will wear the uniforms and footwear of Adidas AG Group. The eight-year contract, which runs through 2024-25, will begin in August when USM’s current, five-year deal with Russell Athletic expires. No details of the Adidas contract were given in the university’s announcement Tuesday. ...More >>
    The University of Southern Mississippi athletic teams are about to get a different look starting next season. The Golden Eagles still will sport the black-and-gold, but all 16 athletic teams will wear the uniforms and footwear of Adidas AG Group. The eight-year contract, which runs through 2024-25, will begin in August when USM’s current, five-year deal with Russell Athletic expires. No details of the Adidas contract were given in the university’s announcement Tuesday. ...More >>
  • Columbia Academy advance in Class AAA playoffs

    Columbia Academy advance in Class AAA playoffs

    Monday, October 30 2017 1:14 AM EDT2017-10-30 05:14:05 GMT
    Columbia Academy Cougars. Courtesy: WDAMColumbia Academy Cougars. Courtesy: WDAM

    Senior Aaron Thomas scored on a pair of long interception returns and hauled in four passes for 110 yards, including a 46-yard touchdown, as Columbia Academy rolled past Wayne Academy 60-14 Friday night in the first round of the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools’ playoffs. The Cougars (6-5) will travel to Rayville, La., Friday to take on Riverfield Academy (10-1) at 7 p.m. in the Class AAA quarterfinals.

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    Senior Aaron Thomas scored on a pair of long interception returns and hauled in four passes for 110 yards, including a 46-yard touchdown, as Columbia Academy rolled past Wayne Academy 60-14 Friday night in the first round of the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools’ playoffs. The Cougars (6-5) will travel to Rayville, La., Friday to take on Riverfield Academy (10-1) at 7 p.m. in the Class AAA quarterfinals.

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  • UAB smothers USM in second half

    UAB smothers USM in second half

    Sunday, October 29 2017 5:02 PM EDT2017-10-29 21:02:51 GMT

    The University of Southern Mississippi and University of Alabama-Birmingham had not played each other since 2014.

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    The University of Southern Mississippi and University of Alabama-Birmingham had not played each other since 2014.

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  • UAB smothers USM in second half

    UAB smothers USM in second half

    Saturday, October 28 2017 11:45 PM EDT2017-10-29 03:45:28 GMT
    Photo credit: WDAMPhoto credit: WDAM
    The University of Southern Mississippi and University of Alabama-Birmingham had not played each other since 2014. Unfortunately for the Golden Eagles, the Blazers picked up where they had left off in the series. With freshman running back Spencer Brown rushing for 209 yards and UAB’s defense pitching a second-half shutout, the Golden Eagles saw their three-game winning streak snapped in a 30-12 bruising before 19,101 at M.M. Roberts Stadium. After winning the first nine ...More >>
    The University of Southern Mississippi and University of Alabama-Birmingham had not played each other since 2014. Unfortunately for the Golden Eagles, the Blazers picked up where they had left off in the series. With freshman running back Spencer Brown rushing for 209 yards and UAB’s defense pitching a second-half shutout, the Golden Eagles saw their three-game winning streak snapped in a 30-12 bruising before 19,101 at M.M. Roberts Stadium. After winning the first nine ...More >>
  • West Jones sets up Region 3-5A title game

    West Jones sets up Region 3-5A title game

    Saturday, October 28 2017 6:13 PM EDT2017-10-28 22:13:28 GMT
    Source: WDAMSource: WDAM
    Senior Austin Land and sophomore Jasper Jones each ran for a touchdown and junior Dusty Cook threw a 65-yard touchdown pass to junior Jalan Graham Friday night as West Jones High School rolled past Jackson Wingfield High 35-8. With their seventh consecutive win, the Mustangs (8-2, 6-0 Region 3-5A) set up a showdown between the region’s two unbeatens. Brookhaven High School (9-1, 6-0), which held off South Jones High School Friday 43-37 in overtime, will visit West Jones at...More >>
    Senior Austin Land and sophomore Jasper Jones each ran for a touchdown and junior Dusty Cook threw a 65-yard touchdown pass to junior Jalan Graham Friday night as West Jones High School rolled past Jackson Wingfield High 35-8. With their seventh consecutive win, the Mustangs (8-2, 6-0 Region 3-5A) set up a showdown between the region’s two unbeatens. Brookhaven High School (9-1, 6-0), which held off South Jones High School Friday 43-37 in overtime, will visit West Jones at...More >>
  • USM football focus squarely on UAB

    USM football focus squarely on UAB

    Friday, October 27 2017 3:42 PM EDT2017-10-27 19:42:40 GMT
    Source: WDAMSource: WDAM
    With a win Saturday night, the University of Southern Mississippi would log its sixth win of the football season and become bowl-eligible for a third consecutive season. It’s a subject that USM football coach Jay Hopson has no desire whatsoever to even consider discussing at this point in the season. “No, not something we’ve even talked about,” Hopson said. “You count your chips at the end. It’s a one-game deal, every week.” That approach h...More >>
    With a win Saturday night, the University of Southern Mississippi would log its sixth win of the football season and become bowl-eligible for a third consecutive season. It’s a subject that USM football coach Jay Hopson has no desire whatsoever to even consider discussing at this point in the season. “No, not something we’ve even talked about,” Hopson said. “You count your chips at the end. It’s a one-game deal, every week.” That approach h...More >>
  • Hattiesburg clinches Region 4-5A with 48-19 win over Long Beach

    Hattiesburg clinches Region 4-5A with 48-19 win over Long Beach

    Friday, October 27 2017 12:20 AM EDT2017-10-27 04:20:55 GMT
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    Unbeaten Hattiesburg High School won Thursday night its first region football championship in nearly two decades with a 48-19 Region 4-5A victory over Long Beach High School at D.I. Patrick Stadium. But the Tigers insist they still have plenty of other goals ahead of them. “It’s real fun, but we still have a lot of work to do,” said senior safety Dexter Jordan.

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    Unbeaten Hattiesburg High School won Thursday night its first region football championship in nearly two decades with a 48-19 Region 4-5A victory over Long Beach High School at D.I. Patrick Stadium. But the Tigers insist they still have plenty of other goals ahead of them. “It’s real fun, but we still have a lot of work to do,” said senior safety Dexter Jordan.

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  • Region powers meet to settle 4-1A title

    Region powers meet to settle 4-1A title

    Thursday, October 26 2017 8:15 PM EDT2017-10-27 00:15:22 GMT
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     Both Lumberton High School coach Zach Jones and Stringer High School coach John Brown insist that their respective football teams are approaching Friday night’s Region 4-1A showdown as they would any other game. For the supporters of each school, probably not so much. In Stringer, memories likely are short and feelings still a bit frayed recalling Lumberton’s 34-14 regular-season victory that gave the Panthers the 2016 region title, followed up by a 66-14 thrashing...More >>
     Both Lumberton High School coach Zach Jones and Stringer High School coach John Brown insist that their respective football teams are approaching Friday night’s Region 4-1A showdown as they would any other game. For the supporters of each school, probably not so much. In Stringer, memories likely are short and feelings still a bit frayed recalling Lumberton’s 34-14 regular-season victory that gave the Panthers the 2016 region title, followed up by a 66-14 thrashing...More >>
  • Long-time rivals meet with playoffs on the line

    Long-time rivals meet with playoffs on the line

    Thursday, October 26 2017 8:11 PM EDT2017-10-27 00:11:39 GMT
    Source: WDAMSource: WDAM
    Situated 19 miles apart, Forrest County Agricultural High School and Purvis High have engaged in a long, time-tested football rivalry. This year, the teams meet with the Class 4A playoffs at stake. While the exact postseason scenarios are myriad, in part depending on the outcome of another Region 7-4A game between Sumrall and Greene County high schools, Purvis (4-5, 2-2) and FCAHS (5-5, 1-3) both need a win to remain in the conversation for the most part. “There’re...More >>
    Situated 19 miles apart, Forrest County Agricultural High School and Purvis High have engaged in a long, time-tested football rivalry. This year, the teams meet with the Class 4A playoffs at stake. While the exact postseason scenarios are myriad, in part depending on the outcome of another Region 7-4A game between Sumrall and Greene County high schools, Purvis (4-5, 2-2) and FCAHS (5-5, 1-3) both need a win to remain in the conversation for the most part. “There’re...More >>
  • Former USM standout placed on Saints’ active roster

    Former USM standout placed on Saints’ active roster

    Wednesday, October 25 2017 10:49 PM EDT2017-10-26 02:49:31 GMT
    Former Southern Miss center Cameron Tom. Courtesy: WDAMFormer Southern Miss center Cameron Tom. Courtesy: WDAM

    After receiving a $20,000 raise last week, former University of Southern Miss center Cameron Tom received possibly the best news of all Wednesday. Tom, who was signed as free agent in May and had spent the season on the New Orleans Saints’ practice roster, was called up to the 53-man active roster. Cornerback Sterling Moore was released by the Saints Wednesday, opening a roster spot for Tom. The 6-foot-4, 287-pound Tom, who played for the Golden Eagles from 2013-16, was a fou...

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    After receiving a $20,000 raise last week, former University of Southern Miss center Cameron Tom received possibly the best news of all Wednesday. Tom, who was signed as free agent in May and had spent the season on the New Orleans Saints’ practice roster, was called up to the 53-man active roster. Cornerback Sterling Moore was released by the Saints Wednesday, opening a roster spot for Tom. The 6-foot-4, 287-pound Tom, who played for the Golden Eagles from 2013-16, was a fou...

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  • Hattiesburg comes from behind to remain unbeaten

    Hattiesburg comes from behind to remain unbeaten

    Monday, October 23 2017 11:57 PM EDT2017-10-24 03:57:31 GMT

    The Friday night showdown between the leaders of Region 4-5A lived up to its pregame billing and then some. Trailing by nine points, Hattiesburg High School scored two touchdowns in the final six minutes of the game to pull off a 41-37 win at Picayune High School. “Just real proud of these guys,” Hattiesburg coach Tony Vance said.

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    The Friday night showdown between the leaders of Region 4-5A lived up to its pregame billing and then some. Trailing by nine points, Hattiesburg High School scored two touchdowns in the final six minutes of the game to pull off a 41-37 win at Picayune High School. “Just real proud of these guys,” Hattiesburg coach Tony Vance said.

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  • PCS playing for home-field advantage

    PCS playing for home-field advantage

    Monday, October 23 2017 11:54 PM EDT2017-10-24 03:54:20 GMT
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    Presbyterian Christian School likely faces a simple proposition Thursday night: Defeat Madison-Ridgeland Academy and the Bobcats will host a Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Class AAAA playoff game. The opponent: the very same MRA. “There’s one scenario, but it’s a low percentage one, so it looks we’re going to play back to back,” PCS coach Joey Hawkins said.

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    Presbyterian Christian School likely faces a simple proposition Thursday night: Defeat Madison-Ridgeland Academy and the Bobcats will host a Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Class AAAA playoff game. The opponent: the very same MRA. “There’s one scenario, but it’s a low percentage one, so it looks we’re going to play back to back,” PCS coach Joey Hawkins said.

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  • USM, Howard stuns Louisiana Tech in 2OT

    USM, Howard stuns Louisiana Tech in 2OT

    Sunday, October 22 2017 6:00 PM EDT2017-10-22 22:00:26 GMT
    Coach Hopson and Golden Eagles win in overtime in La. TechCoach Hopson and Golden Eagles win in overtime in La. Tech

    The University of Southern Mississippi rallied for 11 points down with a little more than four minutes to play Saturday night and then pulled off a 34-27 double-overtime victory at Louisiana Tech University. 

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    The University of Southern Mississippi rallied for 11 points down with a little more than four minutes to play Saturday night and then pulled off a 34-27 double-overtime victory at Louisiana Tech University. 

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  • West Jones rallies past South Jones, 30-21

    West Jones rallies past South Jones, 30-21

    Saturday, October 21 2017 1:37 AM EDT2017-10-21 05:37:03 GMT
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    Copyright WDAM 2017. All rights reserved. 

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    Copyright WDAM 2017. All rights reserved. 

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  • USM opens second half of season at Louisiana Tech

    USM opens second half of season at Louisiana Tech

    Friday, October 20 2017 7:17 PM EDT2017-10-20 23:17:35 GMT
    Source: WDAMSource: WDAM
    The University of Memphis. University of Louisville. University of South Florida. All once were football opponents of the University of Southern Mississippi who gave Golden Eagle fans not only something to cheer about on game day, but someone to really pull against. From the late 1940s through the 1980s, Louisiana Tech University arguably could have been included in that category of steadfast rivalry. The Golden Eagles and the Bulldogs met for 27 consecutive seasons from 1946 throug...More >>
    The University of Memphis. University of Louisville. University of South Florida. All once were football opponents of the University of Southern Mississippi who gave Golden Eagle fans not only something to cheer about on game day, but someone to really pull against. From the late 1940s through the 1980s, Louisiana Tech University arguably could have been included in that category of steadfast rivalry. The Golden Eagles and the Bulldogs met for 27 consecutive seasons from 1946 throug...More >>
  • Perry Central to visit Collins in Region 8-2A clash

    Perry Central to visit Collins in Region 8-2A clash

    Thursday, October 19 2017 6:46 PM EDT2017-10-19 22:46:53 GMT
    Source: WDAMSource: WDAM
    Perry Central High School hasn’t missed a beat on the football field all season. Collins High School hasn’t lost a football game since August. Friday night, something will have to give. The co-leaders in Region 8-2A square off starting at 7 p.m. in Collins, with the winner holding the inside track to claim the title of the five-team region. “I don’t know the playoff scenarios or how that all works, I really don’t,” Perry Central coach Chip ...More >>
    Perry Central High School hasn’t missed a beat on the football field all season. Collins High School hasn’t lost a football game since August. Friday night, something will have to give. The co-leaders in Region 8-2A square off starting at 7 p.m. in Collins, with the winner holding the inside track to claim the title of the five-team region. “I don’t know the playoff scenarios or how that all works, I really don’t,” Perry Central coach Chip ...More >>
  • Jones County rivals clash in key Region 3-5A contest

    Jones County rivals clash in key Region 3-5A contest

    Thursday, October 19 2017 1:44 PM EDT2017-10-19 17:44:07 GMT
    Source: WDAMSource: WDAM

    South Jones High School football has been here before. Now, Coach Cory Reynolds wants his Braves to take the next step forward. 

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    South Jones High School football has been here before. Now, Coach Cory Reynolds wants his Braves to take the next step forward. 

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  • Poplarville stays unbeaten; West Marion tops Wesson

    Poplarville stays unbeaten; West Marion tops Wesson

    Sunday, October 15 2017 8:28 PM EDT2017-10-16 00:28:33 GMT
    Poplarville vs Sumrall (WDAM staff)Poplarville vs Sumrall (WDAM staff)

    SUMRALL _ For lack of a better phrase, Poplarville High School football is on a roll. 

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    SUMRALL _ For lack of a better phrase, Poplarville High School football is on a roll. 

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  • Southern Miss stifles Texas-El Paso, 24-0

    Southern Miss stifles Texas-El Paso, 24-0

    Saturday, October 14 2017 11:43 PM EDT2017-10-15 03:43:42 GMT
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    There’s an old football adage that says while offense sells tickets, defense wins ballgames.

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    There’s an old football adage that says while offense sells tickets, defense wins ballgames.

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  • Jefferson Davis County rolls past Columbia, 46-7

    Jefferson Davis County rolls past Columbia, 46-7

    Saturday, October 14 2017 10:19 PM EDT2017-10-15 02:19:17 GMT
    Jeff Davis vs Columbia (WDAM)Jeff Davis vs Columbia (WDAM)

    BASSFIELD _ Columbia High School coach James Harvey stood near the 50-yard line of Howard L. Willoughby Friday night watching his Wildcats wrap up the ritualistic postgame congratulations with Jefferson Davis County High School.

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    BASSFIELD _ Columbia High School coach James Harvey stood near the 50-yard line of Howard L. Willoughby Friday night watching his Wildcats wrap up the ritualistic postgame congratulations with Jefferson Davis County High School.

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  • Hattiesburg rolls on; West Jones tops Laurel

    Hattiesburg rolls on; West Jones tops Laurel

    Saturday, October 14 2017 7:37 PM EDT2017-10-14 23:37:00 GMT

    WAYNESBORO _ When Tony Vance looks at Hattiesburg High School’s record this football season, he acknowledges the eight consecutive victories next to the Tigers’ name in the standings. 

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    WAYNESBORO _ When Tony Vance looks at Hattiesburg High School’s record this football season, he acknowledges the eight consecutive victories next to the Tigers’ name in the standings. 

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  • Southern Miss taking nothing for granted with UTEP coming to town

    Southern Miss taking nothing for granted with UTEP coming to town

    Friday, October 13 2017 6:07 PM EDT2017-10-13 22:07:53 GMT
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    The University of Texas-El Paso has yet to win a game seven weeks into the football season, has yet to score more than 21 points in any game and went back to the future for an interim head coach after their former one resigned on Oct. 1. But USM coach Jay Hopson said his Golden Eagles cannot afford to take any Conference USA opponent lightly, including the Miners, who come to town for a 6 p.m. Saturday kickoff at M.M. Roberts Stadium. “It’s conference play and it’s...More >>
    The University of Texas-El Paso has yet to win a game seven weeks into the football season, has yet to score more than 21 points in any game and went back to the future for an interim head coach after their former one resigned on Oct. 1. But USM coach Jay Hopson said his Golden Eagles cannot afford to take any Conference USA opponent lightly, including the Miners, who come to town for a 6 p.m. Saturday kickoff at M.M. Roberts Stadium. “It’s conference play and it’s...More >>
  • Jefferson Davis County welcomes Columbia for 8-3A showdown

    Jefferson Davis County welcomes Columbia for 8-3A showdown

    Thursday, October 12 2017 9:26 PM EDT2017-10-13 01:26:16 GMT
    Source: WDAMSource: WDAM

    Lance Mancuso knows plenty about winning football. In his nine seasons at Bassfield High School, the Yellowjackets played for the South State football championship eight times and went on  to win five Class 2A state crowns, including four consecutive titles from 2012-15. Bassfield High is no more, merging with Prentiss High School this fall to form Jefferson Davis County High School. As JDCHS’s athletic director, Mancuso has overseen the merger of the new school&rsq...

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    Lance Mancuso knows plenty about winning football. In his nine seasons at Bassfield High School, the Yellowjackets played for the South State football championship eight times and went on  to win five Class 2A state crowns, including four consecutive titles from 2012-15. Bassfield High is no more, merging with Prentiss High School this fall to form Jefferson Davis County High School. As JDCHS’s athletic director, Mancuso has overseen the merger of the new school&rsq...

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  • USM QB status: 'Waiting to see"

    USM QB status: 'Waiting to see"

    Tuesday, October 10 2017 5:43 PM EDT2017-10-10 21:43:32 GMT
    Southern Miss quarterbacks Keon Howard (2) and Kwadra Griggs (7). Courtesy: WDAMSouthern Miss quarterbacks Keon Howard (2) and Kwadra Griggs (7). Courtesy: WDAM

    It every bit of the spring football practice and summer camp for sophomore Keon Howard to find out that he would get his first start of the season as the University of Southern Mississippi’s quarterback. It took USM’s coaches about all of six days to let him know he’d be starting his second.

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    It every bit of the spring football practice and summer camp for sophomore Keon Howard to find out that he would get his first start of the season as the University of Southern Mississippi’s quarterback. It took USM’s coaches about all of six days to let him know he’d be starting his second.

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  • Sumrall gets back on track; Poplarville stays unbeaten

    Sumrall gets back on track; Poplarville stays unbeaten

    Monday, October 9 2017 9:54 PM EDT2017-10-10 01:54:38 GMT
    Source: WDAMSource: WDAM
    After losing second half leads for two consecutive weeks, Sumrall High School was determined that a third time would not be the charm Friday. Quarterback Billy Garrity scored on four, short touchdown runs and threw a scoring pass for a fifth as the Bobcats claimed a 34-20 victory over visiting Lawrence County High School in Region 7-4A play. “Played pretty (well), and closed it out this time,” Sumrall coach Shannon White said. “Hopefully, we’ve figured o...More >>
    After losing second half leads for two consecutive weeks, Sumrall High School was determined that a third time would not be the charm Friday. Quarterback Billy Garrity scored on four, short touchdown runs and threw a scoring pass for a fifth as the Bobcats claimed a 34-20 victory over visiting Lawrence County High School in Region 7-4A play. “Played pretty (well), and closed it out this time,” Sumrall coach Shannon White said. “Hopefully, we’ve figured o...More >>
  • Hattiesburg stays unbeaten; Petal wins overtime thriller

    Hattiesburg stays unbeaten; Petal wins overtime thriller

    Sunday, October 8 2017 7:43 PM EDT2017-10-08 23:43:43 GMT
    Photo cred: WDAMPhoto cred: WDAM

    CARRIERE _ The Automatic Touchdown Machine also known as the Hattiesburg High School offense had been quite the prolific scoring instrument this season, averaging 46 points in the Tigers’ first six games.

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    CARRIERE _ The Automatic Touchdown Machine also known as the Hattiesburg High School offense had been quite the prolific scoring instrument this season, averaging 46 points in the Tigers’ first six games.

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  • Collins wins 8-2A showdown over North Forrest, 35-20

    Collins wins 8-2A showdown over North Forrest, 35-20

    Saturday, October 7 2017 1:01 AM EDT2017-10-07 05:01:53 GMT
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  • USM faces tall task in San Antonio

    USM faces tall task in San Antonio

    Friday, October 6 2017 6:37 PM EDT2017-10-06 22:37:02 GMT
    Source: WDAMSource: WDAM
    Last Saturday, the University of Southern Mississippi faced the best offensive team, statistically, that Conference USA had to offer. This weekend, the Golden Eagles go up against the league’s best defense. For a second consecutive season, USM (2-2, 0-1 C-USA) will head to the Alamodome to face the University of Texas-San Antonio (3-0) at 6 p.m. Saturday. “By far, this will be our biggest challenge of the year, so far,” USM offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson sai...More >>
    Last Saturday, the University of Southern Mississippi faced the best offensive team, statistically, that Conference USA had to offer. This weekend, the Golden Eagles go up against the league’s best defense. For a second consecutive season, USM (2-2, 0-1 C-USA) will head to the Alamodome to face the University of Texas-San Antonio (3-0) at 6 p.m. Saturday. “By far, this will be our biggest challenge of the year, so far,” USM offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson sai...More >>
  • North Forrest faces Collins in Region 8-2A showdown

    North Forrest faces Collins in Region 8-2A showdown

    Thursday, October 5 2017 6:16 PM EDT2017-10-05 22:16:56 GMT
    Source: WDAMSource: WDAM
    Collins and North Forrest high schools seemingly have been working from the same playbook this football season. Both opened with consecutive, close losses. The Tigers dropped a 9-6 decision to Seminary High School and 22-20 to Jefferson Davis County High School. The Eagles fell 12-8 to Lumberton High School and 36-30 in overtime to Magee High School. Today, both are among the Pine Belt’s hottest teams, each riding five game winning streaks as North Forrest (5-2) heads to Colli...More >>
    Collins and North Forrest high schools seemingly have been working from the same playbook this football season. Both opened with consecutive, close losses. The Tigers dropped a 9-6 decision to Seminary High School and 22-20 to Jefferson Davis County High School. The Eagles fell 12-8 to Lumberton High School and 36-30 in overtime to Magee High School. Today, both are among the Pine Belt’s hottest teams, each riding five game winning streaks as North Forrest (5-2) heads to Colli...More >>
  • USM’s missed opportunity flips momentum

    USM’s missed opportunity flips momentum

    Tuesday, October 3 2017 8:33 PM EDT2017-10-04 00:33:18 GMT
    USM head football coach Jay Hopson. Courtesy: WDAMUSM head football coach Jay Hopson. Courtesy: WDAM
    One play does not make a football game. But Saturday night, one play seemed to signal a turn in the University of Southern Mississippi’s fortunes in what turned out to be a 44-28 Conference USA loss to the visiting  University of North Texas at M. M. Roberts Stadium. Leading 21-7 halfway through the second quarter, a 39-yard punt by USM’s Zac Everett had pinned the Mean Green at its own 5-yard line. On first down, UNT running back Jeffrey Wilson took a handoff...More >>
    One play does not make a football game. But Saturday night, one play seemed to signal a turn in the University of Southern Mississippi’s fortunes in what turned out to be a 44-28 Conference USA loss to the visiting  University of North Texas at M. M. Roberts Stadium. Leading 21-7 halfway through the second quarter, a 39-yard punt by USM’s Zac Everett had pinned the Mean Green at its own 5-yard line. On first down, UNT running back Jeffrey Wilson took a handoff...More >>
  • Purvis gets past Sumrall late; Poplarville wins battle of unbeatens

    Purvis gets past Sumrall late; Poplarville wins battle of unbeatens

    Monday, October 2 2017 11:19 PM EDT2017-10-03 03:19:05 GMT
    Source: WDAMSource: WDAM
    For a second consecutive week, the Purvis High School football team was able to gut out a victory. And for a second, consecutive week, Sumrall High School saw a double-digit lead slip away in a heartbreaking defeat. Purvis recovered a muffed punt late in the fourth quarter to set up a senior quarterback Ty Howell’s 4-yard run touchdown run with less than a minute to play as the Tornadoes got past the visiting Bobcats 35-28 n the Region 7-4A opener for both schools. “Tha...More >>
    For a second consecutive week, the Purvis High School football team was able to gut out a victory. And for a second, consecutive week, Sumrall High School saw a double-digit lead slip away in a heartbreaking defeat. Purvis recovered a muffed punt late in the fourth quarter to set up a senior quarterback Ty Howell’s 4-yard run touchdown run with less than a minute to play as the Tornadoes got past the visiting Bobcats 35-28 n the Region 7-4A opener for both schools. “Tha...More >>
  • Lumberton wins third straight; Laurel loses heartbreaker

    Lumberton wins third straight; Laurel loses heartbreaker

    Monday, October 2 2017 4:13 PM EDT2017-10-02 20:13:18 GMT

    COLUMBIA _ Lumberton High School remained unbeaten in Region 4-1A football after a 38-34 road win at East Marion High School. 

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    COLUMBIA _ Lumberton High School remained unbeaten in Region 4-1A football after a 38-34 road win at East Marion High School. 

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  • USM bested by North Texas, 43-28

    USM bested by North Texas, 43-28

    Saturday, September 30 2017 11:48 PM EDT2017-10-01 03:48:33 GMT

    The University of Southern Mississippi started off its Conference USA football opener with a bang Saturday, but then watched as the University of North Texas’ offense exploded.

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    The University of Southern Mississippi started off its Conference USA football opener with a bang Saturday, but then watched as the University of North Texas’ offense exploded.

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  • Hattiesburg rolls Stone, 62-27; Perry Central remains unbeaten

    Hattiesburg rolls Stone, 62-27; Perry Central remains unbeaten

    Saturday, September 30 2017 5:17 PM EDT2017-09-30 21:17:10 GMT
    HATTIESBURG _ Last week, Hattiesburg High School football coach Tony Vance talked about how proud he was of Tigers for taking care of the football, having committed just one turnover all season. So, of course, Hattiesburg goes out Friday and turns the ball over three times in the game’s opening half, including an interception returned for a touchdown and a lost fumble at the Tigers’ 1-yard line. While the early turnovers allowed Stone High School to hang around and keep ...More >>
    HATTIESBURG _ Last week, Hattiesburg High School football coach Tony Vance talked about how proud he was of Tigers for taking care of the football, having committed just one turnover all season. So, of course, Hattiesburg goes out Friday and turns the ball over three times in the game’s opening half, including an interception returned for a touchdown and a lost fumble at the Tigers’ 1-yard line. While the early turnovers allowed Stone High School to hang around and keep ...More >>
  • Southern Miss to face its opposite Saturday

    Southern Miss to face its opposite Saturday

    Friday, September 29 2017 7:34 PM EDT2017-09-29 23:34:45 GMT
    Source: WDAMSource: WDAM
    When the University of Southern Mississippi takes to the football field Saturday night at M.M. Roberts Stadium, the Golden Eagles might be forgiven if they feel like they are looking into a mirror. The University of North Texas has been productive, actually, very, very productive on offense through its first games of the season, ranking 16th nationally at 503.5 yards total offense a game and 32nd at 37.8 points a game. On the other hand, USM has been downright stingy on de...More >>
    When the University of Southern Mississippi takes to the football field Saturday night at M.M. Roberts Stadium, the Golden Eagles might be forgiven if they feel like they are looking into a mirror. The University of North Texas has been productive, actually, very, very productive on offense through its first games of the season, ranking 16th nationally at 503.5 yards total offense a game and 32nd at 37.8 points a game. On the other hand, USM has been downright stingy on de...More >>
  • Oak Grove, Petal set to renew rivalry

    Oak Grove, Petal set to renew rivalry

    Friday, September 29 2017 12:21 PM EDT2017-09-29 16:21:26 GMT
    Source: WDAMSource: WDAM

    Even if it were horseshoes or checkers, put teams from Oak Grove High School across from Petal High School and the competition will be fierce. While the long-time rivalry reached another level in baseball long ago, that intensity has been matched on the football field, especially now with the schools slotted in the same region. “It’s a rivalry game, and now that we’re in the same (region), it makes it even more important,” Petal coach Marcus Boyles said. Fri...

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    Even if it were horseshoes or checkers, put teams from Oak Grove High School across from Petal High School and the competition will be fierce. While the long-time rivalry reached another level in baseball long ago, that intensity has been matched on the football field, especially now with the schools slotted in the same region. “It’s a rivalry game, and now that we’re in the same (region), it makes it even more important,” Petal coach Marcus Boyles said. Fri...

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  • Lamar County rivals square off in Region 7-4A opener

    Lamar County rivals square off in Region 7-4A opener

    Thursday, September 28 2017 7:50 PM EDT2017-09-28 23:50:04 GMT
    Source: WDAMSource: WDAM

    Shannon White and Perry Wheat will find themselves along opposite wings of a grassy and lime-lined stage as the curtain opens Friday night on a five-week drama that will decide whether their football teams will have the opportunity to potentially play for a Class 4A state football championship. 

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    Shannon White and Perry Wheat will find themselves along opposite wings of a grassy and lime-lined stage as the curtain opens Friday night on a five-week drama that will decide whether their football teams will have the opportunity to potentially play for a Class 4A state football championship. 

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    HHS calling all former football Tigers

    HHS calling all former football Tigers

    Thursday, September 28 2017 2:35 PM EDT2017-09-28 18:35:24 GMT
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    Hattiesburg High School’s athletic department is inviting all former football Tigers to be recognized at Friday night’s Region 4-5A game between unbeaten HHS (5-0) and Stone High School (4-1) at D.I. Patrick Stadium. 

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    Hattiesburg High School’s athletic department is inviting all former football Tigers to be recognized at Friday night’s Region 4-5A game between unbeaten HHS (5-0) and Stone High School (4-1) at D.I. Patrick Stadium. 

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  • USM assistant football coach takes leave of absence

    USM assistant football coach takes leave of absence

    Tuesday, September 26 2017 12:57 AM EDT2017-09-26 04:57:07 GMT
    USM running backs coach Lytrel Pollard. Courtesy: WDAMUSM running backs coach Lytrel Pollard. Courtesy: WDAM

    After a week without a football game, the University of Southern Mississippi may be getting some of their walking wounded back as the Golden Eagles prepare to open Conference USA play Saturday with a visit from the University of North Texas. But USM will be down an assistant football coach. USM coach Jay Hopson confirmed Monday that running backs coach Lytrel Pollard was “not with us right now.”

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    After a week without a football game, the University of Southern Mississippi may be getting some of their walking wounded back as the Golden Eagles prepare to open Conference USA play Saturday with a visit from the University of North Texas. But USM will be down an assistant football coach. USM coach Jay Hopson confirmed Monday that running backs coach Lytrel Pollard was “not with us right now.”

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  • West Marion wins historic meeting with Columbia Academy

    West Marion wins historic meeting with Columbia Academy

    Monday, September 25 2017 7:14 PM EDT2017-09-25 23:14:24 GMT
    Source: WDAMSource: WDAM
    For the first time, Columbia Academy faced off with one of Marion County’s high school football teams Friday night. Those in attendance certainly got their money’s worth. The teams combined for 98 points, as West Marion High School built a large lead and then held off the visiting Cougars 58-40. “I was very proud of our guys,” West Marion coach Brad Duncan said. “They kind of understood the importance of (the game), the historic nature of it. The acade...More >>
    For the first time, Columbia Academy faced off with one of Marion County’s high school football teams Friday night. Those in attendance certainly got their money’s worth. The teams combined for 98 points, as West Marion High School built a large lead and then held off the visiting Cougars 58-40. “I was very proud of our guys,” West Marion coach Brad Duncan said. “They kind of understood the importance of (the game), the historic nature of it. The acade...More >>
  • Lumberton whips Mount Olive; Perry Central remains unbeaten

    Lumberton whips Mount Olive; Perry Central remains unbeaten

    Sunday, September 24 2017 4:22 PM EDT2017-09-24 20:22:07 GMT

    LUMBERTON _ For a team that Coach Zach Jones said still is feeling its way along on offense, the Lumberton High School Panthers certainly did plenty enough right Friday night.

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    LUMBERTON _ For a team that Coach Zach Jones said still is feeling its way along on offense, the Lumberton High School Panthers certainly did plenty enough right Friday night.

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  • Errors doom Pearl River CC to loss

    Errors doom Pearl River CC to loss

    Saturday, September 23 2017 10:25 PM EDT2017-09-24 02:25:40 GMT
    Source: PRCCSource: PRCC

    Too many self-inflicted mistakes proved too much for Pearl River Community College to overcome Hinds Community College Thursday night. 

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    Too many self-inflicted mistakes proved too much for Pearl River Community College to overcome Hinds Community College Thursday night. 

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  • Hattiesburg rolls in 4-5A opener

    Hattiesburg rolls in 4-5A opener

    Saturday, September 23 2017 10:12 PM EDT2017-09-24 02:12:26 GMT

    HATTIESBURG _ The education of Hattiesburg High School junior quarterback Jarod Conner continued along a very productive path Friday night. 

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    HATTIESBURG _ The education of Hattiesburg High School junior quarterback Jarod Conner continued along a very productive path Friday night. 

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  • Jackson Prep storms past PCS, 41-9

    Jackson Prep storms past PCS, 41-9

    Saturday, September 23 2017 10:35 AM EDT2017-09-23 14:35:33 GMT

    Simply put, Jerrion Ealy is a difference make on the football field, and Friday night, the junior running back/return man from Jackson Preparatory School made all the difference against Presbyterian Christian School. Playing just three quarters, Ealy rushed for 235 and four touchdowns on 19 carries and returned a kickoff 97 yards for another score as the visiting Patriots topped the Bobcats 41-9. JPS (6-0, 1-0 AAAA-District 1), the five-time Division I Mississippi Association of Ind...

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    Simply put, Jerrion Ealy is a difference make on the football field, and Friday night, the junior running back/return man from Jackson Preparatory School made all the difference against Presbyterian Christian School. Playing just three quarters, Ealy rushed for 235 and four touchdowns on 19 carries and returned a kickoff 97 yards for another score as the visiting Patriots topped the Bobcats 41-9. JPS (6-0, 1-0 AAAA-District 1), the five-time Division I Mississippi Association of Ind...

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  • Perry Central, Taylorsville to meet in battle of Class 2A unbeatens

    Perry Central, Taylorsville to meet in battle of Class 2A unbeatens

    Thursday, September 21 2017 8:51 PM EDT2017-09-22 00:51:05 GMT
    Source: WDAMSource: WDAM
    Chip Bilderback and Chuck Robertson were once fellow assistant coaches and remain good friends these days. Friday night, the two will lead their respective undefeated high school teams onto the football field ion New Augusta for a Class 2A showdown. “We both coached together at Jones (County Junior College), and we’ve had a good time with it this week,” said Robertson, Taylorsville High School’s head coach. “We’ve given each other a hard time with...More >>
    Chip Bilderback and Chuck Robertson were once fellow assistant coaches and remain good friends these days. Friday night, the two will lead their respective undefeated high school teams onto the football field ion New Augusta for a Class 2A showdown. “We both coached together at Jones (County Junior College), and we’ve had a good time with it this week,” said Robertson, Taylorsville High School’s head coach. “We’ve given each other a hard time with...More >>
  • PCS to host Jackson Prep in AAAA-Division I clash

    PCS to host Jackson Prep in AAAA-Division I clash

    Thursday, September 21 2017 3:21 PM EDT2017-09-21 19:21:15 GMT
    PCS/Photo credit: WDAMPCS/Photo credit: WDAM
    The last time Jackson Preparatory School visited Presbyterian Christian School, the Patriots broke the at-the-time-unbeaten Bobcats’ hearts with a 27-24 victory in the semifinals of the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools’ playoffs. Friday night, the Bobcats (4-1) will get their first crack at payback when the Patriots (5-0) return for a 7 p.m. kickoff that will open AAAA-Division I play for both teams. But for PCS to avenge that loss, the Bobcats wi...More >>
    The last time Jackson Preparatory School visited Presbyterian Christian School, the Patriots broke the at-the-time-unbeaten Bobcats’ hearts with a 27-24 victory in the semifinals of the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools’ playoffs. Friday night, the Bobcats (4-1) will get their first crack at payback when the Patriots (5-0) return for a 7 p.m. kickoff that will open AAAA-Division I play for both teams. But for PCS to avenge that loss, the Bobcats wi...More >>
  • Sacred Heart bounces back to bounce St. Patrick, 21-14

    Sacred Heart bounces back to bounce St. Patrick, 21-14

    Sunday, September 17 2017 8:14 PM EDT2017-09-18 00:14:24 GMT

    Sacred Heart High School made enough mistakes to lose Friday night’s game with visiting St. Patrick High School But the Crusaders dug in and made enough plays to come away with a 21-14 victory over the Fighting Irish.

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    Sacred Heart High School made enough mistakes to lose Friday night’s game with visiting St. Patrick High School But the Crusaders dug in and made enough plays to come away with a 21-14 victory over the Fighting Irish.

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  • Southern Miss hangs on to top Louisiana-Monroe, 28-17

    Southern Miss hangs on to top Louisiana-Monroe, 28-17

    Sunday, September 17 2017 8:09 PM EDT2017-09-18 00:09:41 GMT

    Senior running back Ito Smith became the first University of Southern Mississippi runner to break the 200-yard rushing mark in almost two seasons as the Golden Eagles held off the University of Louisiana-Monroe 28-17 Saturday night at Malone Stadium. 

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    Senior running back Ito Smith became the first University of Southern Mississippi runner to break the 200-yard rushing mark in almost two seasons as the Golden Eagles held off the University of Louisiana-Monroe 28-17 Saturday night at Malone Stadium. 

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  • Sumrall pushes past Richton, 42-18

    Sumrall pushes past Richton, 42-18

    Saturday, September 16 2017 10:10 PM EDT2017-09-17 02:10:14 GMT

    RICHTON _ Winning makes a football coach’s world a brighter place. 

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    RICHTON _ Winning makes a football coach’s world a brighter place. 

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  • Poplarville wears down Heidelberg, 33-14

    Poplarville wears down Heidelberg, 33-14

    Saturday, September 16 2017 1:14 AM EDT2017-09-16 05:14:33 GMT
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  • USM not quite sure what to expect from Louisiana-Monroe

    USM not quite sure what to expect from Louisiana-Monroe

    Friday, September 15 2017 4:17 PM EDT2017-09-15 20:17:10 GMT
    Source: WDAMSource: WDAM

    With one football game played in the remnants of hurricane and another cancelled by another, the University of Louisiana-Monroe will offer more than a bit of intrigue for the University of Southern Mississippi. 

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    With one football game played in the remnants of hurricane and another cancelled by another, the University of Louisiana-Monroe will offer more than a bit of intrigue for the University of Southern Mississippi. 

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  • Poplarville puts perfect record on line at Heidelberg

    Poplarville puts perfect record on line at Heidelberg

    Friday, September 15 2017 1:20 PM EDT2017-09-15 17:20:00 GMT
    Source: WDAMSource: WDAM

    So far, unbeaten Class 4A Poplarville High School has split its football season between playing laughers and nailbiters. Poplarville head coach Jay Beech is expecting more of the latter Friday night when the Hornets head north up Interstate 59 to take on Class 2A Heidelberg High School. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. “They have playmakers on offense, are athletic on defense, and I just think they’re really good,” Beech said of the Oilers. “They’re just a re...

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    So far, unbeaten Class 4A Poplarville High School has split its football season between playing laughers and nailbiters. Poplarville head coach Jay Beech is expecting more of the latter Friday night when the Hornets head north up Interstate 59 to take on Class 2A Heidelberg High School. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. “They have playmakers on offense, are athletic on defense, and I just think they’re really good,” Beech said of the Oilers. “They’re just a re...

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  • PCS, Taylorsville remain unbeaten; Laurel upends Petal in last seconds

    PCS, Taylorsville remain unbeaten; Laurel upends Petal in last seconds

    Tuesday, September 12 2017 9:50 AM EDT2017-09-12 13:50:38 GMT
    Photo credit: WDAMPhoto credit: WDAM

    MENDENHALL _ Presbyterian Christian School had made its living through the first three games of the football season by overpowering opponents with a running game that was averaging right at 390 rushing yards per game.

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    MENDENHALL _ Presbyterian Christian School had made its living through the first three games of the football season by overpowering opponents with a running game that was averaging right at 390 rushing yards per game.

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  • USM freshmen seeing the football field

    USM freshmen seeing the football field

    Tuesday, September 12 2017 12:17 AM EDT2017-09-12 04:17:29 GMT
    USM head football coach Jay Hopson. Courtesy: WDAMUSM head football coach Jay Hopson. Courtesy: WDAM

    For the better of the spring and summer, University of Southern Mississippi’s football coaches insisted that youth would be served during the 2107 season. They weren’t kidding. According to the participation list from Saturday’s 45-0 victory over Southern University, 20 freshmen or redshirt freshmen appeared against the Jaguars.

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    For the better of the spring and summer, University of Southern Mississippi’s football coaches insisted that youth would be served during the 2107 season. They weren’t kidding. According to the participation list from Saturday’s 45-0 victory over Southern University, 20 freshmen or redshirt freshmen appeared against the Jaguars.

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  • South Jones, Sumrall improve to 3-1

    South Jones, Sumrall improve to 3-1

    Sunday, September 10 2017 8:36 PM EDT2017-09-11 00:36:14 GMT

    LAUREL _ Like most high schools in the Pine Belt, South Jones High School lost more than a few seniors from its 2016 football team, and then got hit with a few injuries up front on the offensive line. 

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    LAUREL _ Like most high schools in the Pine Belt, South Jones High School lost more than a few seniors from its 2016 football team, and then got hit with a few injuries up front on the offensive line. 

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  • Golden Eagles take care of business at the Rock

    Golden Eagles take care of business at the Rock

    Sunday, September 10 2017 6:08 PM EDT2017-09-10 22:08:30 GMT

    The University of Southern Mississippi did precisely as expected against an outgunned opponent, scoring early and often to swarm all over Southern University 45-0 Saturday night at M.M. Roberts Stadium. 

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    The University of Southern Mississippi did precisely as expected against an outgunned opponent, scoring early and often to swarm all over Southern University 45-0 Saturday night at M.M. Roberts Stadium. 

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  • Lumberton pulls away in 4th quarter; Perry Central stays unbeaten

    Lumberton pulls away in 4th quarter; Perry Central stays unbeaten

    Saturday, September 9 2017 6:28 PM EDT2017-09-09 22:28:32 GMT
    Lumberton/Photo credit: WDAMLumberton/Photo credit: WDAM

    Zach Jones has seen his share of dominating football performances during his time along the Lumberton High School sideline.

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    Zach Jones has seen his share of dominating football performances during his time along the Lumberton High School sideline.

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  • Conner’s 4 TDs help Hattiesburg past Oak Grove, 42-28

    Conner’s 4 TDs help Hattiesburg past Oak Grove, 42-28

    Saturday, September 9 2017 3:00 AM EDT2017-09-09 07:00:37 GMT

     As it turned out Friday night at D.I Patrick Stadium, the Oak Grove High School Warriors wound up having with a pair of quarterback issues. Oak Grove was without its starting quarterback, junior sparkplug Jon  Rhys Plumlee, who was injured the previous week. And Hattiesburg High School had junior quarterback Jarod Conner on its side of the field. Conner rushed for 134 yards and four touchdowns on 20 carries and threw for 199 yards as the unbeaten Tigers handed the W...

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     As it turned out Friday night at D.I Patrick Stadium, the Oak Grove High School Warriors wound up having with a pair of quarterback issues. Oak Grove was without its starting quarterback, junior sparkplug Jon  Rhys Plumlee, who was injured the previous week. And Hattiesburg High School had junior quarterback Jarod Conner on its side of the field. Conner rushed for 134 yards and four touchdowns on 20 carries and threw for 199 yards as the unbeaten Tigers handed the W...

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  • USM set to welcome Southern University

    USM set to welcome Southern University

    Friday, September 8 2017 6:17 PM EDT2017-09-08 22:17:35 GMT
    Photo credit: WDAMPhoto credit: WDAM

    University of Southern Mississippi defensive coordinator Ton Pecoraro spent four years in Lorman, Miss., running the Alcorn State University defense for his then and current boss, Jay Hopson. 

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    University of Southern Mississippi defensive coordinator Ton Pecoraro spent four years in Lorman, Miss., running the Alcorn State University defense for his then and current boss, Jay Hopson. 

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  • Hattiesburg-Oak Grove meet in battle of unbeatens

    Hattiesburg-Oak Grove meet in battle of unbeatens

    Thursday, September 7 2017 7:33 PM EDT2017-09-07 23:33:31 GMT
    In any given football season, Hattiesburg High School squaring off against Oak Grove High School looms large, from the field to the gate to the grocery store. “It’s always a good game for both schools,” Oak Grove coach Drew Causey said. “It’s going to be fun.” Friday’s renewal of the cross-town rivalry carries even more cachet this season. Both will come into D.I. Patrick Stadium at 7 p.m. unbeaten, sporting gaudy offensive numbers and rank...More >>
    In any given football season, Hattiesburg High School squaring off against Oak Grove High School looms large, from the field to the gate to the grocery store. “It’s always a good game for both schools,” Oak Grove coach Drew Causey said. “It’s going to be fun.” Friday’s renewal of the cross-town rivalry carries even more cachet this season. Both will come into D.I. Patrick Stadium at 7 p.m. unbeaten, sporting gaudy offensive numbers and rank...More >>
  • Griggs earns starting job at USM quarterback

    Griggs earns starting job at USM quarterback

    Tuesday, September 5 2017 8:28 AM EDT2017-09-05 12:28:11 GMT
    Source: WDAMSource: WDAM

    The University of Southern Mississippi’s season-opening football game with the University of Kentucky appears to have resolved any mystery about the Golden Eagles’ starting quarterback saga.

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    The University of Southern Mississippi’s season-opening football game with the University of Kentucky appears to have resolved any mystery about the Golden Eagles’ starting quarterback saga.

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  • Jeff Davis runs past Wayne County; Collins, East Marion pick up 1st wins

    Jeff Davis runs past Wayne County; Collins, East Marion pick up 1st wins

    Tuesday, September 5 2017 7:13 AM EDT2017-09-05 11:13:06 GMT
    Source: WDAMSource: WDAM

    One week after playing its worst game of the young football season, Jefferson Davis County High School turned in its best.

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    One week after playing its worst game of the young football season, Jefferson Davis County High School turned in its best.

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  • Kwadra Griggs earns starting job at USM quarterback

    Kwadra Griggs earns starting job at USM quarterback

    Tuesday, September 5 2017 12:36 AM EDT2017-09-05 04:36:50 GMT
    USM junior quarterback Kwadra Griggs. Courtesy: WDAMUSM junior quarterback Kwadra Griggs. Courtesy: WDAM

    The University of Southern Mississippi’s season-opening football game with the University of Kentucky appears to have resolved any mystery about the Golden Eagles’ starting quarterback saga. USM coach Jay Hopson said Monday that redshirt junior Kwadra Griggs would be behind center at 6 p.m. when Saturday when the Golden Eagles welcome Southern University to M.M. Roberts Stadium.

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    The University of Southern Mississippi’s season-opening football game with the University of Kentucky appears to have resolved any mystery about the Golden Eagles’ starting quarterback saga. USM coach Jay Hopson said Monday that redshirt junior Kwadra Griggs would be behind center at 6 p.m. when Saturday when the Golden Eagles welcome Southern University to M.M. Roberts Stadium.

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  • USM falls to Kentucky, 24-17

    USM falls to Kentucky, 24-17

    Sunday, September 3 2017 1:17 AM EDT2017-09-03 05:17:40 GMT
    Source: Ryan Moore WDAMSource: Ryan Moore WDAM

    On a sultry September afternoon at M.M. Roberts Stadium, the University of Southern Mississippi just about did enough right to knock off a visitor from the Southeastern Conference. 

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    On a sultry September afternoon at M.M. Roberts Stadium, the University of Southern Mississippi just about did enough right to knock off a visitor from the Southeastern Conference. 

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  • North Forrest mounts second-half rally for 24-21 win

    North Forrest mounts second-half rally for 24-21 win

    Saturday, September 2 2017 8:09 PM EDT2017-09-03 00:09:21 GMT
    For the first two weeks of the 2017 high school football season, North Forrest High School had played tough but come up just short, losing by four points to Lumberton High School and falling on the road in double overtime to Magee High School. Friday night, the Eagles broke through with a comeback that not only eased the pain but gave North Forrest its first non-region win in two seasons. Senior quarterback Daylyn Croom turned in the scoring trifecta, throwing for one score, rushing...More >>
    For the first two weeks of the 2017 high school football season, North Forrest High School had played tough but come up just short, losing by four points to Lumberton High School and falling on the road in double overtime to Magee High School. Friday night, the Eagles broke through with a comeback that not only eased the pain but gave North Forrest its first non-region win in two seasons. Senior quarterback Daylyn Croom turned in the scoring trifecta, throwing for one score, rushing...More >>
  • Oak Grove rolls past Laurel, 42-12

    Oak Grove rolls past Laurel, 42-12

    Saturday, September 2 2017 1:11 AM EDT2017-09-02 05:11:05 GMT
  • Plenty of unknowns loom in Southern Miss-Kentucky

    Plenty of unknowns loom in Southern Miss-Kentucky

    Friday, September 1 2017 7:03 PM EDT2017-09-01 23:03:50 GMT
    Photo credit: WDAMPhoto credit: WDAM
    For the second consecutive year, the University of Southern Mississippi will open its football season with the University of Kentucky. While many of the same players for both teams will be along the sidelines and on Carlisle-Faulkner Field at M.M. Roberts Stadium at 3 p.m. Saturday, much has changed since the Golden Eagles rallied for a 44-35 in Lexington, Ky., in the 2016 season opener. Both teams will not face the same quarterback they saw last season. Through Friday, the Golden ...More >>
    For the second consecutive year, the University of Southern Mississippi will open its football season with the University of Kentucky. While many of the same players for both teams will be along the sidelines and on Carlisle-Faulkner Field at M.M. Roberts Stadium at 3 p.m. Saturday, much has changed since the Golden Eagles rallied for a 44-35 in Lexington, Ky., in the 2016 season opener. Both teams will not face the same quarterback they saw last season. Through Friday, the Golden ...More >>
  • Laurel bracing for visit to Oak Grove

    Laurel bracing for visit to Oak Grove

    Thursday, August 31 2017 5:15 PM EDT2017-08-31 21:15:55 GMT

    Laurel High School football coach Todd Breland didn’t hesitate when asked his assessment of his Golden Tornadoes’ upcoming foe, Oak Grove High School. “They are playing better than anybody in the state,” Breland said. The Class 5A Tornadoes (1-1) will get a close up look at the Class 6A Warriors (2-0) at 7 p.m. Friday at Oak Grove Stadium. The Warriors, indeed, have dominated. Oak Grove has outscored its first two opponents 87-10, while averaging 492.5 yards...

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    Laurel High School football coach Todd Breland didn’t hesitate when asked his assessment of his Golden Tornadoes’ upcoming foe, Oak Grove High School. “They are playing better than anybody in the state,” Breland said. The Class 5A Tornadoes (1-1) will get a close up look at the Class 6A Warriors (2-0) at 7 p.m. Friday at Oak Grove Stadium. The Warriors, indeed, have dominated. Oak Grove has outscored its first two opponents 87-10, while averaging 492.5 yards...

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  • JCJC men’s soccer ties Northwest, 2-2

    JCJC men’s soccer ties Northwest, 2-2

    Wednesday, August 30 2017 6:14 PM EDT2017-08-30 22:14:24 GMT
    Source: JCJCSource: JCJC

    Jones County Junior College men’s soccer game Tuesday at Northwest Mississippi Community College turned into a marathon match that just refused to be resolved. 

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    Jones County Junior College men’s soccer game Tuesday at Northwest Mississippi Community College turned into a marathon match that just refused to be resolved. 

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  • Bobcats open season at No. 2 East Mississippi Thursday

    Bobcats open season at No. 2 East Mississippi Thursday

    Wednesday, August 30 2017 5:16 PM EDT2017-08-30 21:16:38 GMT
    Courtesy: WDAMCourtesy: WDAM
    Jones County Junior College will be tested quickly in the 2017 football season. Head coach Steve Buckley’s Bobcats open the season with a trip to No. 2 East Mississippi Community College. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. Thursday at Sullivan-Windham Field in Scooba. The Lions are 33-1 at home since Sullivan-Windham Field opened in 2011. The lone loss: a 47-46 decision to Copiah-Lincoln Community College in the 2012 Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges’ semif...More >>
    Jones County Junior College will be tested quickly in the 2017 football season. Head coach Steve Buckley’s Bobcats open the season with a trip to No. 2 East Mississippi Community College. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. Thursday at Sullivan-Windham Field in Scooba. The Lions are 33-1 at home since Sullivan-Windham Field opened in 2011. The lone loss: a 47-46 decision to Copiah-Lincoln Community College in the 2012 Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges’ semif...More >>
  • Southern Miss starting QB competition to continue through week

    Southern Miss starting QB competition to continue through week

    Tuesday, August 29 2017 12:45 PM EDT2017-08-29 16:45:12 GMT
    Source: USMSource: USM

    If the University of Southern Mississippi football coaching staff knows which quarterback will trot out onto the Roberts Stadium turf for the first offensive snap Saturday afternoon, they aren’t saying.

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    If the University of Southern Mississippi football coaching staff knows which quarterback will trot out onto the Roberts Stadium turf for the first offensive snap Saturday afternoon, they aren’t saying.

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  • PCS moves to 2-0; Purvis tops West Marion, 24-14

    PCS moves to 2-0; Purvis tops West Marion, 24-14

    Tuesday, August 29 2017 12:30 AM EDT2017-08-29 04:30:47 GMT
    Courtesy: WDAMCourtesy: WDAM

    No question, Presbyterian Christian School football coach Joey Hawkins likes to toss in a bit of the unexpected, a trace of the unconventional into his game plans from week to week.

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    No question, Presbyterian Christian School football coach Joey Hawkins likes to toss in a bit of the unexpected, a trace of the unconventional into his game plans from week to week.

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  • Hattiesburg holds off Laurel for 20-14 Jug victory

    Hattiesburg holds off Laurel for 20-14 Jug victory

    Monday, August 28 2017 3:29 PM EDT2017-08-28 19:29:48 GMT
    Hattiesburg defeated Laurel 20-14 in the 96th battle for the Lil' Brown Jug. Courtesy: WDAMHattiesburg defeated Laurel 20-14 in the 96th battle for the Lil' Brown Jug. Courtesy: WDAM

    Just two weeks ago, Dexter Jordan approached Hattiesburg High School football coach Tony Vance and asked if he could come back and pick back up a sport he hadn’t played in two years. Saturday night, Jordan became part of the lore of the Battle for the Lil’ Brown Jug.

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    Just two weeks ago, Dexter Jordan approached Hattiesburg High School football coach Tony Vance and asked if he could come back and pick back up a sport he hadn’t played in two years. Saturday night, Jordan became part of the lore of the Battle for the Lil’ Brown Jug.

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  • Week 2 Recap: Columbia continues to roll; 1A Lumberton downs 4A Bay

    Week 2 Recap: Columbia continues to roll; 1A Lumberton downs 4A Bay

    Sunday, August 27 2017 7:01 PM EDT2017-08-27 23:01:21 GMT

    COLUMBIA _ In a showdown of Marion County football rivals Friday night, Columbia High School ran away from East Marion High. Literally.

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    COLUMBIA _ In a showdown of Marion County football rivals Friday night, Columbia High School ran away from East Marion High. Literally.

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  • Sacred Heart opens 2-0; West Jones logs season’s first win

    Sacred Heart opens 2-0; West Jones logs season’s first win

    Saturday, August 26 2017 11:52 PM EDT2017-08-27 03:52:12 GMT
    Sacred Heart football. Courtesy: WDAMSacred Heart football. Courtesy: WDAM

    Sacred Heart High School football coach Lonny Schraeder wasn’t delighted with the way his Crusaders played Friday at Richton High School. But Schraeder said he did like that his team claimed a 42-36 road win while not playing its best brand of football.

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    Sacred Heart High School football coach Lonny Schraeder wasn’t delighted with the way his Crusaders played Friday at Richton High School. But Schraeder said he did like that his team claimed a 42-36 road win while not playing its best brand of football.

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  • Bobcats feature strong offensive line

    Bobcats feature strong offensive line

    Saturday, August 26 2017 5:00 PM EDT2017-08-26 21:00:59 GMT

     Jones County Junior College offensive line coach Grant Garner has confidence in his group heading into the 2017 season.

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     Jones County Junior College offensive line coach Grant Garner has confidence in his group heading into the 2017 season.

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  • Oak Grove rolls past Wayne County, 42-3

    Oak Grove rolls past Wayne County, 42-3

    Saturday, August 26 2017 2:22 PM EDT2017-08-26 18:22:53 GMT

    Oak Grove High School football coach Drew Causey said that Friday night’s visit from Wayne County High School would provide a good early-season test for his Warriors. Oak Grove passed with flying colors. Quarterback Jon Rhys Plumlee may have turned the stadium’s lights off on the way out the door because he did just about everything else for the Warriors, throwing for four touchdowns and rushing for two more as Oak Grove rolled past the War Eagles 42-3. “I th...

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    Oak Grove High School football coach Drew Causey said that Friday night’s visit from Wayne County High School would provide a good early-season test for his Warriors. Oak Grove passed with flying colors. Quarterback Jon Rhys Plumlee may have turned the stadium’s lights off on the way out the door because he did just about everything else for the Warriors, throwing for four touchdowns and rushing for two more as Oak Grove rolled past the War Eagles 42-3. “I th...

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  • Hattiesburg, Laurel renew battle for Lil' Brown Jug

    Hattiesburg, Laurel renew battle for Lil' Brown Jug

    Friday, August 25 2017 5:03 PM EDT2017-08-25 21:03:15 GMT
    Laurel High School coach Todd Breland would not be considered a greedy man, except, of course, when it comes to the final score on a football field. This weekend, that hunger for victory is only magnified. Laurel will welcome Hattiesburg High School at 7 p.m. Saturday “Between the Bricks” of Blair Stadium in the 96th edition of the “Battle for the Lil’ Brown Jug.” In the past two seasons, the Golden Tornadoes have advanced in the Class 5A football...More >>
    Laurel High School coach Todd Breland would not be considered a greedy man, except, of course, when it comes to the final score on a football field. This weekend, that hunger for victory is only magnified. Laurel will welcome Hattiesburg High School at 7 p.m. Saturday “Between the Bricks” of Blair Stadium in the 96th edition of the “Battle for the Lil’ Brown Jug.” In the past two seasons, the Golden Tornadoes have advanced in the Class 5A football...More >>
  • Oak Grove, Wayne County looking forward to Friday night showdown

    Oak Grove, Wayne County looking forward to Friday night showdown

    Thursday, August 24 2017 10:57 PM EDT2017-08-25 02:57:52 GMT
    The football series between Oak Grove and Wayne County high schools might not be at quite the same level as the Warriors cross-county rivalry with Petal High School or the War Eagles’ annual face-offs with West Jones High School. But for the past five seasons, the early-season, non-regional games have served up some compelling football, and neither coach is expecting anything less when Wayne County visits Oak Grove at 7 p.m. Friday. “It’s more two really good ...More >>
    The football series between Oak Grove and Wayne County high schools might not be at quite the same level as the Warriors cross-county rivalry with Petal High School or the War Eagles’ annual face-offs with West Jones High School. But for the past five seasons, the early-season, non-regional games have served up some compelling football, and neither coach is expecting anything less when Wayne County visits Oak Grove at 7 p.m. Friday. “It’s more two really good ...More >>
  • Jefferson Davis welcomes Collins for historic home opener

    Jefferson Davis welcomes Collins for historic home opener

    Thursday, August 24 2017 8:27 PM EDT2017-08-25 00:27:05 GMT
    The surroundings won’t have changed much come kickoff at the town’s football stadium come Friday night. Only the circumstances. And the name. Silver and blue have replaced black and gold and red and white, as Yellowjackets and Bulldogs have transformed into Jaguars with the 2017-18 union of the former Bassfield and Prentiss high schools. Jefferson Davis County High School ushered in a new football era last week in fine fashion, topping Harrison Central High School 25-1...More >>
    The surroundings won’t have changed much come kickoff at the town’s football stadium come Friday night. Only the circumstances. And the name. Silver and blue have replaced black and gold and red and white, as Yellowjackets and Bulldogs have transformed into Jaguars with the 2017-18 union of the former Bassfield and Prentiss high schools. Jefferson Davis County High School ushered in a new football era last week in fine fashion, topping Harrison Central High School 25-1...More >>
  • JCJC football confident about special teams

    JCJC football confident about special teams

    Thursday, August 24 2017 8:14 PM EDT2017-08-25 00:14:59 GMT

    Jones County Junior College head football coach Steve Buckley sounds pretty confident when discussing the Bobcats’ kicking specialists, especially sophomore punter Taylor Wallace. “In my opinion, Taylor is the best punter in the country,” said Buckley, who coaches the Bobcat special teams and running backs in addition to his head coaching duties. “He is coming off a tremendous freshman year. He worked hard this summer and he’s worked hard in camp to bui...

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    Jones County Junior College head football coach Steve Buckley sounds pretty confident when discussing the Bobcats’ kicking specialists, especially sophomore punter Taylor Wallace. “In my opinion, Taylor is the best punter in the country,” said Buckley, who coaches the Bobcat special teams and running backs in addition to his head coaching duties. “He is coming off a tremendous freshman year. He worked hard this summer and he’s worked hard in camp to bui...

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  • Bobcats open season with shutout victory

    Bobcats open season with shutout victory

    Thursday, August 24 2017 8:13 PM EDT2017-08-25 00:13:49 GMT

    Neither rain nor lightning nor the opposition could prevent the Jones County Junior College men’s soccer team from reaching the preferred side of the scoreboard. David Gibson (Sacred Heart High School) scored off a crossing pass by Yates Rodney (Sumrall High School) in the second half for the only goal of the game as the Bobcats defeated Andrew College (Cuthbert, Ga.) Wednesday in JCJC’s season opener. Thirty-two seconds later the game play was stopped at Bobcat Soccer F...

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    Neither rain nor lightning nor the opposition could prevent the Jones County Junior College men’s soccer team from reaching the preferred side of the scoreboard. David Gibson (Sacred Heart High School) scored off a crossing pass by Yates Rodney (Sumrall High School) in the second half for the only goal of the game as the Bobcats defeated Andrew College (Cuthbert, Ga.) Wednesday in JCJC’s season opener. Thirty-two seconds later the game play was stopped at Bobcat Soccer F...

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  • PRCC opens soccer season with 3-1 win

    PRCC opens soccer season with 3-1 win

    Thursday, August 24 2017 8:12 PM EDT2017-08-25 00:12:12 GMT
    Source: http://www.prcc.eduSource: http://www.prcc.edu

    Freshman Bo Bowman scored a goal and assisted on another as Pearl River Community College opened its 2017 men’s soccer season with a 3-1 victory Tuesday over Holmes Community College. The Wildcats (1-0) took a 1-0 lead when sophomore Mark Johnson (Bay High School) scored an unassisted goal in the first half. Bowman (Bay High) set up a second-half goal by sophomore Kyle Estess (West Jones High School), and then closed out the Wildcat scoring with his own unassisted later in the...

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    Freshman Bo Bowman scored a goal and assisted on another as Pearl River Community College opened its 2017 men’s soccer season with a 3-1 victory Tuesday over Holmes Community College. The Wildcats (1-0) took a 1-0 lead when sophomore Mark Johnson (Bay High School) scored an unassisted goal in the first half. Bowman (Bay High) set up a second-half goal by sophomore Kyle Estess (West Jones High School), and then closed out the Wildcat scoring with his own unassisted later in the...

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  • Columba Academy, Sacred Heart, Mount Olive open season with road wins

    Columba Academy, Sacred Heart, Mount Olive open season with road wins

    Tuesday, August 22 2017 5:52 PM EDT2017-08-22 21:52:19 GMT
    Source: WDAMSource: WDAM

    Randy Butler wasn’t quite sure what to feel this past Friday, though in the end, he could only shake his head at the resilience of his Columbia Academy Cougars. 

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    Randy Butler wasn’t quite sure what to feel this past Friday, though in the end, he could only shake his head at the resilience of his Columbia Academy Cougars. 

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  • Terrell getting a kick out of playing football

    Terrell getting a kick out of playing football

    Monday, August 21 2017 1:53 AM EDT2017-08-21 05:53:36 GMT
    Kendyl Terrell (Hattiesburg kicker)Kendyl Terrell (Hattiesburg kicker)

     Kendyl Terrell swore she wasn’t nervous, at all, when  about four minutes into the first football game of her high school career, she pulled on her helmet to trot out on to the field and into the Hattiesburg High School history books.

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     Kendyl Terrell swore she wasn’t nervous, at all, when  about four minutes into the first football game of her high school career, she pulled on her helmet to trot out on to the field and into the Hattiesburg High School history books.

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  • Jefferson Davis opens inaugural season with win; Wayne County grabs Timber Bowl victory

    Jefferson Davis opens inaugural season with win; Wayne County grabs Timber Bowl victory

    Monday, August 21 2017 1:03 AM EDT2017-08-21 05:03:14 GMT
    Source: WDAMSource: WDAM

    There wasn’t a state football championship on the line, or even the extra juice of a huge rivalry game.

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    There wasn’t a state football championship on the line, or even the extra juice of a huge rivalry game.

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  • Interceptions help Hattiesburg past Petal, 43-37

    Sunday, August 20 2017 12:29 PM EDT2017-08-20 16:29:58 GMT
    Interceptions help Hattiesburg past Petal, 43-37Interceptions help Hattiesburg past Petal, 43-37

     From the second the football hit gloved hands, Hattiesburg High School cornerback Raykill Ducksworth knew he was touchdown-bound Saturday night against Petal High School.

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     From the second the football hit gloved hands, Hattiesburg High School cornerback Raykill Ducksworth knew he was touchdown-bound Saturday night against Petal High School.

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  • Lumberton outlasts North Forrest, 12-8

    Lumberton outlasts North Forrest, 12-8

    Saturday, August 19 2017 12:59 AM EDT2017-08-19 04:59:32 GMT
    Davion Edwards ran for 124 yards and a touchdown Friday night in Lumberton High School’s 12-8 victory over North Forrest High School in Eatonville. The junior scored ripped off a 41-yard run that set up his 9-yard touchdown run in the third quarter, as he scoried what turned out to be the game-winning points for the visiting Panthers. But Edwards’ biggest run was an 8-yard carry with less than 2 minutes left in the game and Lumberton facing a fourth-and-3 at the North Fo...More >>
    Davion Edwards ran for 124 yards and a touchdown Friday night in Lumberton High School’s 12-8 victory over North Forrest High School in Eatonville. The junior scored ripped off a 41-yard run that set up his 9-yard touchdown run in the third quarter, as he scoried what turned out to be the game-winning points for the visiting Panthers. But Edwards’ biggest run was an 8-yard carry with less than 2 minutes left in the game and Lumberton facing a fourth-and-3 at the North Fo...More >>
  • Carey men’s soccer ranked 7th in NAIA preseason poll

    Carey men’s soccer ranked 7th in NAIA preseason poll

    Thursday, August 17 2017 5:33 PM EDT2017-08-17 21:33:24 GMT

    William Carey University posted a banner men’s soccer season in 2016, and apparently, the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics soccer coaches are expecting more of the same from the Crusaders. WCU was ranked seventh in the 2017 NAIA Men's Soccer Coaches' Top 25 poll, which was released Thursday. Last season, Coach Barry Farrell guided the Crusaders to their first ever Southern State Athletic Conference men’s soccer crown. WCU went 16-3-2 and wound up ranked ...

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    William Carey University posted a banner men’s soccer season in 2016, and apparently, the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics soccer coaches are expecting more of the same from the Crusaders. WCU was ranked seventh in the 2017 NAIA Men's Soccer Coaches' Top 25 poll, which was released Thursday. Last season, Coach Barry Farrell guided the Crusaders to their first ever Southern State Athletic Conference men’s soccer crown. WCU went 16-3-2 and wound up ranked ...

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  • Lumberton, North Forrest meet in 1st week prep throwdown

    Lumberton, North Forrest meet in 1st week prep throwdown

    Thursday, August 17 2017 5:06 PM EDT2017-08-17 21:06:16 GMT
    Source: WDAMSource: WDAM

    It appears that both North Forrest High School coach Anthony Dillon and Lumberton High School coach Zach Jones have been telling their players pretty much the same about the teams’ season opener. “It’s a good thing we’re playing them on our home field,” Dillon said of his Eagles’ 7 p.m. showdown with the Panthers in Eatonville. “Hopefully, that can give us a little more motivation with the home crowd right here where you’re fighting to ...

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    It appears that both North Forrest High School coach Anthony Dillon and Lumberton High School coach Zach Jones have been telling their players pretty much the same about the teams’ season opener. “It’s a good thing we’re playing them on our home field,” Dillon said of his Eagles’ 7 p.m. showdown with the Panthers in Eatonville. “Hopefully, that can give us a little more motivation with the home crowd right here where you’re fighting to ...

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  • Kittrell, Wayne Academy looking to gain more attention

    Kittrell, Wayne Academy looking to gain more attention

    Wednesday, August 16 2017 10:44 PM EDT2017-08-17 02:44:25 GMT
    Markus KittrellMarkus Kittrell
    Markus Kittrell is well aware when people speak of Wayne County football, the assumption is the conversation will be of the public school War Eagles. Kitrell and his teammates would like to change that a bit this fall. “When you say Wayne County, everybody knows Wayne County High School, but it’s time for us to put it out there about Wayne Academy, where everybody will know about us,” said Kittrell, a 6-foot-4, 300-pound, two-way lineman for the Jaguars. Wayne Aca...More >>
    Markus Kittrell is well aware when people speak of Wayne County football, the assumption is the conversation will be of the public school War Eagles. Kitrell and his teammates would like to change that a bit this fall. “When you say Wayne County, everybody knows Wayne County High School, but it’s time for us to put it out there about Wayne Academy, where everybody will know about us,” said Kittrell, a 6-foot-4, 300-pound, two-way lineman for the Jaguars. Wayne Aca...More >>
  • PCS, West Marion to square off in season-opening rematch

    PCS, West Marion to square off in season-opening rematch

    Wednesday, August 16 2017 10:01 PM EDT2017-08-17 02:01:27 GMT
    Source: WDAMSource: WDAM
    For a second consecutive football season, West Marion High School and Presbyterian Christian School will square off in the season-opening game for each school. But neither team knows quite what to expect from not only the team across the field but the one arrayed along its own sideline. PCS welcomes West Marion at 7 p.m. Thursday, one of two area prep games set a day before a near full, inaugural slate of high school games. Stringer High School will visit Bay Springs High Schoo...More >>
    For a second consecutive football season, West Marion High School and Presbyterian Christian School will square off in the season-opening game for each school. But neither team knows quite what to expect from not only the team across the field but the one arrayed along its own sideline. PCS welcomes West Marion at 7 p.m. Thursday, one of two area prep games set a day before a near full, inaugural slate of high school games. Stringer High School will visit Bay Springs High Schoo...More >>
  • Chambers carries on legacy at Wayne County

    Chambers carries on legacy at Wayne County

    Wednesday, August 16 2017 3:53 PM EDT2017-08-16 19:53:10 GMT
    Curtis Chambers Jr.Curtis Chambers Jr.
    For Curtis Chambers Jr., who grew up going to War Eagle Stadium on football Friday nights in the fall, Wayne County football is a family affair. His father, Curtis Chambers Sr., was a defensive lineman for the War Eagles. “We talk football, every day,” Chambers said. “Every day, I get home and that’s what we talk about.” So, when Chambers dons the white “WC” helmet and pulls the blue jersey trimmed in orange over his pads, he is well aware ...More >>
    For Curtis Chambers Jr., who grew up going to War Eagle Stadium on football Friday nights in the fall, Wayne County football is a family affair. His father, Curtis Chambers Sr., was a defensive lineman for the War Eagles. “We talk football, every day,” Chambers said. “Every day, I get home and that’s what we talk about.” So, when Chambers dons the white “WC” helmet and pulls the blue jersey trimmed in orange over his pads, he is well aware ...More >>
  • breaking

    USM quarterback sidelined with finger injury

    USM quarterback sidelined with finger injury

    Tuesday, August 15 2017 3:54 PM EDT2017-08-15 19:54:18 GMT
    Source: WDAMSource: WDAM

    Redshirt junior quarterback Kwadra Griggs likely will be sidelined through the end of the week after banging up a finger.

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    Redshirt junior quarterback Kwadra Griggs likely will be sidelined through the end of the week after banging up a finger.

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  • PRCC football facing unknowns

    PRCC football facing unknowns

    Thursday, August 10 2017 10:39 PM EDT2017-08-11 02:39:12 GMT
    Photo credit WDAM.Photo credit WDAM.
    Pearl River Community College may be heading into the 2017 football season with myriad questions, but its brand new head coach appears to like what he’s seen. Ted Egger, PRCC’s defensive coordinator/secondary coach who was named interim head coach in May following the abrupt resignation of Dave Saunders, said the Wildcats have been working hard in the offseason. “We think this is a talented group,” Egger said. “They just have to prove themselves on the ...More >>
    Pearl River Community College may be heading into the 2017 football season with myriad questions, but its brand new head coach appears to like what he’s seen. Ted Egger, PRCC’s defensive coordinator/secondary coach who was named interim head coach in May following the abrupt resignation of Dave Saunders, said the Wildcats have been working hard in the offseason. “We think this is a talented group,” Egger said. “They just have to prove themselves on the ...More >>
  • PRCC shuffles athletic department responsibilities

    PRCC shuffles athletic department responsibilities

    Wednesday, August 9 2017 8:53 PM EDT2017-08-10 00:53:17 GMT
    Photo credit WDAM.Photo credit WDAM.
    Pearl River Community College Athletic Director Jeff Long has become an even busier man than he was. Long was approved PRCC’s dean of students Tuesday by the school’s Board of Trustees, adding those responsibilities to his duties overseeing the athletic department. To take some of the day-to-day burden off Long, PRCC women’s basketball coach Scotty Fletcher was named assistant athletic director and men’s assistant basketball coach Ryne Colvin will assume the ...More >>
    Pearl River Community College Athletic Director Jeff Long has become an even busier man than he was. Long was approved PRCC’s dean of students Tuesday by the school’s Board of Trustees, adding those responsibilities to his duties overseeing the athletic department. To take some of the day-to-day burden off Long, PRCC women’s basketball coach Scotty Fletcher was named assistant athletic director and men’s assistant basketball coach Ryne Colvin will assume the ...More >>
  • Two Lady Eagles named All-C-USA

    Two Lady Eagles named All-C-USA

    Wednesday, August 9 2017 8:35 PM EDT2017-08-10 00:35:41 GMT
    Source: SouthernMiss.comSource: SouthernMiss.com
    University of Southern Mississippi volleyball standouts Sarah Bell and Catherine Repsher were named Preseason All-Conference USA. Bell, a junior setter from San Antonio, Texas, ranked 10th nationally last season averaging 11.43 assists per set. She logged 50-plus assists in seven matches last season and has 15 in her career. She ranks seventh on the Lady Eagles’ career assist list with 2,637. Repsher, a sophomore outside hitter from Carl Junction, Mo., became the first US...More >>
    University of Southern Mississippi volleyball standouts Sarah Bell and Catherine Repsher were named Preseason All-Conference USA. Bell, a junior setter from San Antonio, Texas, ranked 10th nationally last season averaging 11.43 assists per set. She logged 50-plus assists in seven matches last season and has 15 in her career. She ranks seventh on the Lady Eagles’ career assist list with 2,637. Repsher, a sophomore outside hitter from Carl Junction, Mo., became the first US...More >>
  • Southern Miss, Mississippi State to renew football series

    Southern Miss, Mississippi State to renew football series

    Tuesday, August 8 2017 9:59 PM EDT2017-08-09 01:59:35 GMT
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    The University of Southern Mississippi and Mississippi State University will meet again on the football field. Soon. The schools announced Tuesday night that they have scheduled three games, starting in 2019. The first game, set for Sept. 7, 2019, at Davis-Wade Stadium in Starkville, will be a stand-alone contest, with USM receiving a "guarantee" for the trip. No dollar amount was given in the release announcing the series. The remaining two games will be a home-and...More >>
    The University of Southern Mississippi and Mississippi State University will meet again on the football field. Soon. The schools announced Tuesday night that they have scheduled three games, starting in 2019. The first game, set for Sept. 7, 2019, at Davis-Wade Stadium in Starkville, will be a stand-alone contest, with USM receiving a "guarantee" for the trip. No dollar amount was given in the release announcing the series. The remaining two games will be a home-and...More >>
  • Players of the Pine Belt: Morgan, Braves ready for next step at South Jones

    Players of the Pine Belt: Morgan, Braves ready for next step at South Jones

    Friday, August 4 2017 9:42 PM EDT2017-08-05 01:42:59 GMT
    JaMichael MorganJaMichael Morgan
    Last fall, South Jones High School may have owned one of the best records in Mississippi prep football not to make the state playoffs. Defensive end/offensive guard JaMichael Morgan and his fellow Braves want to change that this year. “We can’t wait for the first game,” Morgan said of the an Aug. 18 road trip to Sumrall High School. "We plan on making it farther than we did last year. It’s going to take hard work and dedication like it does every year, b...More >>
    Last fall, South Jones High School may have owned one of the best records in Mississippi prep football not to make the state playoffs. Defensive end/offensive guard JaMichael Morgan and his fellow Braves want to change that this year. “We can’t wait for the first game,” Morgan said of the an Aug. 18 road trip to Sumrall High School. "We plan on making it farther than we did last year. It’s going to take hard work and dedication like it does every year, b...More >>
  • Players of the Pine Belt: Young to play big role in West Jones resurgence

    Players of the Pine Belt: Young to play big role in West Jones resurgence

    Wednesday, August 2 2017 9:54 PM EDT2017-08-03 01:54:05 GMT
    Byron YoungByron Young

    At 6 feet, 5 inches, 250 pounds, it is difficult to think of West Jones High School junior defensive end Byron Young as any family’s baby. But Young indeed is following in the football cleats of three elder brothers, Regrick, Kendrick and Brandon, at West Jones, and he very well could be the best of the bunch. “He has a huge upside,” West Jones coach Scott Pierson said. “He’s only a junior, but he’s kind of become the leader of our team. He has th...

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    At 6 feet, 5 inches, 250 pounds, it is difficult to think of West Jones High School junior defensive end Byron Young as any family’s baby. But Young indeed is following in the football cleats of three elder brothers, Regrick, Kendrick and Brandon, at West Jones, and he very well could be the best of the bunch. “He has a huge upside,” West Jones coach Scott Pierson said. “He’s only a junior, but he’s kind of become the leader of our team. He has th...

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  • USM's Smith ready to go again in 2017

    USM's Smith ready to go again in 2017

    Saturday, July 29 2017 10:30 PM EDT2017-07-30 02:30:29 GMT
    Southern Miss senior running back Ito Smith. Courtesy: WDAMSouthern Miss senior running back Ito Smith. Courtesy: WDAM

    Little seems to have changed for Ito Smith. The University of Southern Mississippi senior running back will remain the main cog in the Golden Eagles’ offense as well as the number one target of every opponent’s defensive game. “Ito understands he has to do his job,” USM coach Jay Hopson said after another three-hour preseason practice on a sticky Friday morning. “He’s a big part of what we do, and that’s just the reality of Ito. He’s ...

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    Little seems to have changed for Ito Smith. The University of Southern Mississippi senior running back will remain the main cog in the Golden Eagles’ offense as well as the number one target of every opponent’s defensive game. “Ito understands he has to do his job,” USM coach Jay Hopson said after another three-hour preseason practice on a sticky Friday morning. “He’s a big part of what we do, and that’s just the reality of Ito. He’s ...

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  • USM basketball welcomes new assistant coach

    USM basketball welcomes new assistant coach

    Tuesday, July 25 2017 8:34 PM EDT2017-07-26 00:34:21 GMT
    Source: SouthernMiss.comSource: SouthernMiss.com
    When University of Southern Mississippi basketball coach Doc Sadler found himself with an opening on his staff this summer, he was able to turn to a veteran of the collegiate ranks. Sadler announced Tuesday that former University of Arkansas-Little Rock coach Steve Shields had joined the Golden Eagles as an assistant coach. Shields will take the slot of Chris Croft, who left to take a position as assistant professor in USM’s sports management department. Shields, who became U...More >>
    When University of Southern Mississippi basketball coach Doc Sadler found himself with an opening on his staff this summer, he was able to turn to a veteran of the collegiate ranks. Sadler announced Tuesday that former University of Arkansas-Little Rock coach Steve Shields had joined the Golden Eagles as an assistant coach. Shields will take the slot of Chris Croft, who left to take a position as assistant professor in USM’s sports management department. Shields, who became U...More >>
  • Suit filed over Oak Grove High volleyball facility

    Suit filed over Oak Grove High volleyball facility

    Tuesday, July 25 2017 8:28 PM EDT2017-07-26 00:28:40 GMT

    A Lamar County business has filed suit in the 15th Circuit Court to recover nearly $330,000 it says it is still owed for the construction of the Oak Grove High School Volleyball Facility. Mike Rozier Construction Co., Inc., filed the complaint on June 6 against the Oak Grove Athletic Booster Club, Inc., accusing the organization of breach of contract and unjust enrichment and asking to “recover the outstanding balance” that it says remains due. The complaint says th...

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    A Lamar County business has filed suit in the 15th Circuit Court to recover nearly $330,000 it says it is still owed for the construction of the Oak Grove High School Volleyball Facility. Mike Rozier Construction Co., Inc., filed the complaint on June 6 against the Oak Grove Athletic Booster Club, Inc., accusing the organization of breach of contract and unjust enrichment and asking to “recover the outstanding balance” that it says remains due. The complaint says th...

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  • USM football players report

    USM football players report

    Monday, July 24 2017 9:49 PM EDT2017-07-25 01:49:10 GMT
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    From Southern Miss Sports Information: University of Southern Mississippi football coach Jay Hopson said the Golden Eagles will have a full complement of players on hand when the team takes to the practice field Wednesday  morning to open preseason practice. Hopson said 105 players checked in Monday, the maximum number of scholarship and non-scholarship players allowed to practice before the first day of classes for the fall semester. “Reporting day is exciting beca...More >>
    From Southern Miss Sports Information: University of Southern Mississippi football coach Jay Hopson said the Golden Eagles will have a full complement of players on hand when the team takes to the practice field Wednesday  morning to open preseason practice. Hopson said 105 players checked in Monday, the maximum number of scholarship and non-scholarship players allowed to practice before the first day of classes for the fall semester. “Reporting day is exciting beca...More >>
  • Players of the Pine Belt: Thomas Holford

    Players of the Pine Belt: Thomas Holford

    Sunday, July 23 2017 10:35 PM EDT2017-07-24 02:35:29 GMT
    Players of the Pine Belt: PSC O-lineman Thomas HolfordPlayers of the Pine Belt: PSC O-lineman Thomas Holford

    Thomas Holford and his teammates were none too pleased with the way the most successful season in Presbyterian Christian School football history came to an end last fall. The Bobcats fell 24-21 to Jackson Preparatory School in the Division AAAA semifinals of the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools playoffs, ruining an undefeated season and the dream of the program’s first state championship. “As team, we’re still mad, and we’ve been working really h...

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    Thomas Holford and his teammates were none too pleased with the way the most successful season in Presbyterian Christian School football history came to an end last fall. The Bobcats fell 24-21 to Jackson Preparatory School in the Division AAAA semifinals of the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools playoffs, ruining an undefeated season and the dream of the program’s first state championship. “As team, we’re still mad, and we’ve been working really h...

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  • Former USM baseball coach headed to ABCA hall

    Former USM baseball coach headed to ABCA hall

    Tuesday, July 18 2017 11:16 PM EDT2017-07-19 03:16:22 GMT
    Photo Credit: WDAMPhoto Credit: WDAM
    Former University of Southern Mississippi baseball coach Hill Denson has been honored in the past, enshrined in a variety of halls of fame, including two colleges, one junior college and two state shrines for his contributions to the sport over nearly four decades. Shortly after the New Year, Denson’s devotion will be celebrated nationally. Denson will be among the 11-man Class of 2018 inducted into the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in Indianapolis. The or...More >>
    Former University of Southern Mississippi baseball coach Hill Denson has been honored in the past, enshrined in a variety of halls of fame, including two colleges, one junior college and two state shrines for his contributions to the sport over nearly four decades. Shortly after the New Year, Denson’s devotion will be celebrated nationally. Denson will be among the 11-man Class of 2018 inducted into the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in Indianapolis. The or...More >>
  • USM football to be without trio from signing class

    USM football to be without trio from signing class

    Sunday, July 16 2017 4:31 PM EDT2017-07-16 20:31:46 GMT
    Photo credit: WDAMPhoto credit: WDAM

    At least two of the football players from the University of Southern Mississippi’s 2017 signing class are not expected when the Golden Eagles report July 24 for the start of preseason practice. Southern Miss coach Jay Hopson confirmed that neither freshman defensive back Emanuel Dabney nor junior college offensive lineman Justus Satterfield would be with the team this summer. Dabney, a 5-foot-11, 163-pound cornerback from Callaway High School in Jackson, had not enrolled this ...

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    At least two of the football players from the University of Southern Mississippi’s 2017 signing class are not expected when the Golden Eagles report July 24 for the start of preseason practice. Southern Miss coach Jay Hopson confirmed that neither freshman defensive back Emanuel Dabney nor junior college offensive lineman Justus Satterfield would be with the team this summer. Dabney, a 5-foot-11, 163-pound cornerback from Callaway High School in Jackson, had not enrolled this ...

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  • USM’s Wallner named Freshman of Year by Baseball America

    USM’s Wallner named Freshman of Year by Baseball America

    Monday, June 26 2017 4:29 PM EDT2017-06-26 20:29:58 GMT
    Source: Flickr Creative CommonsSource: Flickr Creative Commons

    University of Southern Mississippi freshman outfielder Matt Wallner added another prestigious accolade to his long list of collegiate baseball honors. 

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    University of Southern Mississippi freshman outfielder Matt Wallner added another prestigious accolade to his long list of collegiate baseball honors. 

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  • Golden Eagles still swing bats in summer league ball

    Golden Eagles still swing bats in summer league ball

    Saturday, June 24 2017 9:29 PM EDT2017-06-25 01:29:18 GMT
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    The University of Southern Mississippi may have seen its baseball season come to an end, but baseball isn’t over for a host of returning Golden Eagles. Eighteen players have caught on with various “wooden bat” collegiate leagues across the country, ranging from New England to North Carolina to Texas. The following is a list of the players and the leagues and teams they have joined for the summer: Catcher Brant Bowen, pitcher Houston Case and outfielder Gabe Mo...More >>
    The University of Southern Mississippi may have seen its baseball season come to an end, but baseball isn’t over for a host of returning Golden Eagles. Eighteen players have caught on with various “wooden bat” collegiate leagues across the country, ranging from New England to North Carolina to Texas. The following is a list of the players and the leagues and teams they have joined for the summer: Catcher Brant Bowen, pitcher Houston Case and outfielder Gabe Mo...More >>
  • USM baseball’s Braley, McCarty going pro

    USM baseball’s Braley, McCarty going pro

    Wednesday, June 21 2017 6:24 PM EDT2017-06-21 22:24:13 GMT
    The University of Southern Mississippi pitching rotation definitely will have a different look for the 2018 season. Junior right-handed pitcher/third baseman Taylor Braley and junior left-hander Kirk McCarty, two of the top starters in the Golden Eagles’ 2017 record-setting season, have agreed to terms with the teams that selected them in last week’s Major League Draft. Southern Miss coach Scott Berry said Wednesday afternoon that in addition to Braley and McCarty, ...More >>
    The University of Southern Mississippi pitching rotation definitely will have a different look for the 2018 season. Junior right-handed pitcher/third baseman Taylor Braley and junior left-hander Kirk McCarty, two of the top starters in the Golden Eagles’ 2017 record-setting season, have agreed to terms with the teams that selected them in last week’s Major League Draft. Southern Miss coach Scott Berry said Wednesday afternoon that in addition to Braley and McCarty, ...More >>
  • Wallner caps "remarkable" season at USA baseball tryouts

    Wallner caps "remarkable" season at USA baseball tryouts

    Wednesday, June 21 2017 9:04 AM EDT2017-06-21 13:04:31 GMT
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    The first time he stepped into a batter’s box as a college baseball player, Matt Wallner drove the first pitch he saw from Northeastern University right-hander Mike Fitzgerald high-off the center-field wall at Taylor Park for a stand-up double.

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    The first time he stepped into a batter’s box as a college baseball player, Matt Wallner drove the first pitch he saw from Northeastern University right-hander Mike Fitzgerald high-off the center-field wall at Taylor Park for a stand-up double.

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  • USM football to deal with rule changes

    USM football to deal with rule changes

    Sunday, June 18 2017 5:40 PM EDT2017-06-18 21:40:43 GMT
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    University of Southern Mississippi coach Jay Hopson definitely considers himself old school when it comes to football. So Hopson isn’t quite sure what to make of recent rules changes passed by the National Collegiate Athletic Association that will impact recruiting and preseason practice this year. “I thought we had a product that wasn’t broke,” said Hopson, who will be heading into his second season at the helm of the Golden Eagles this fall. “Tha...

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    University of Southern Mississippi coach Jay Hopson definitely considers himself old school when it comes to football. So Hopson isn’t quite sure what to make of recent rules changes passed by the National Collegiate Athletic Association that will impact recruiting and preseason practice this year. “I thought we had a product that wasn’t broke,” said Hopson, who will be heading into his second season at the helm of the Golden Eagles this fall. “Tha...

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  • USM's Wallner, Sandlin named All-America

    USM's Wallner, Sandlin named All-America

    Friday, June 16 2017 10:50 PM EDT2017-06-17 02:50:05 GMT
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    Earlier this week, Southern  Miss outfielder Matt Wallner was named Freshman Hitter of the Year and a freshman All-American by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. 

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    Earlier this week, Southern  Miss outfielder Matt Wallner was named Freshman Hitter of the Year and a freshman All-American by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. 

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  • MLB draft could impact 2018 USM pitching staff

    MLB draft could impact 2018 USM pitching staff

    Thursday, June 15 2017 8:55 AM EDT2017-06-15 12:55:03 GMT
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    Depending on the decisions made within the next few weeks, the 2017 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft could have a major impact on the University of Southern Mississippi’s 2018 pitching staff. 

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    Depending on the decisions made within the next few weeks, the 2017 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft could have a major impact on the University of Southern Mississippi’s 2018 pitching staff. 

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  • USM’s Braley, McCarty selected in MLB draft

    USM’s Braley, McCarty selected in MLB draft

    Tuesday, June 13 2017 9:43 PM EDT2017-06-14 01:43:12 GMT
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    Taylor Braley said Kirk McCarty had grown up playing baseball together, from the ranks of youth baseball through the state championships at Oak Grove High School to the lights at the diamond at Taylor Park at the University of Southern Mississippi. 

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    Taylor Braley said Kirk McCarty had grown up playing baseball together, from the ranks of youth baseball through the state championships at Oak Grove High School to the lights at the diamond at Taylor Park at the University of Southern Mississippi. 

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  • USM’s Wallner named NCBWA Freshman Hitter of Year

    USM’s Wallner named NCBWA Freshman Hitter of Year

    Tuesday, June 13 2017 1:25 PM EDT2017-06-13 17:25:04 GMT
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    One of college baseball’s elder observers considers Southern Miss center fielder Matt Wallner the best freshman hitter in the nation.

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    One of college baseball’s elder observers considers Southern Miss center fielder Matt Wallner the best freshman hitter in the nation.

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  • Wallner named Freshman All American by NCBWA

    Wallner named Freshman All American by NCBWA

    Monday, June 12 2017 8:45 PM EDT2017-06-13 00:45:30 GMT

    The postseason accolades continue to accumulate for University of Southern Mississippi outfielder Matt Wallner. Monday, the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association announced that Wallner had been named to its 16-man, first-team Freshman All-American team. ..

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    The postseason accolades continue to accumulate for University of Southern Mississippi outfielder Matt Wallner. Monday, the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association announced that Wallner had been named to its 16-man, first-team Freshman All-American team. ..

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  • Mississippi State sweeps Southern Miss for regional crown

    Mississippi State sweeps Southern Miss for regional crown

    Tuesday, June 6 2017 4:12 PM EDT2017-06-06 20:12:29 GMT
  • USM-State to meet for Hattiesburg Regional title

    USM-State to meet for Hattiesburg Regional title

    Sunday, June 4 2017 11:16 PM EDT2017-06-05 03:16:00 GMT

    Two Mississippi State University pitchers limited the University of South Alabama to just four hits as the Bulldogs eliminated the Jaguars from the Hattiesburg Regional Sunday night with a 7-3 win.

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    Two Mississippi State University pitchers limited the University of South Alabama to just four hits as the Bulldogs eliminated the Jaguars from the Hattiesburg Regional Sunday night with a 7-3 win.

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  • Southern Miss in control of Hattiesburg Regional

    Southern Miss in control of Hattiesburg Regional

    Sunday, June 4 2017 9:40 PM EDT2017-06-05 01:40:26 GMT

    Third baseman Tracy Hadley and pitcher/designated hitter Taylor Braley hit home runs in a pivotal, four-run fifth inning as the University of Southern Mississippi downed the University of South Alabama 8-3 Sunday afternoon in the Hattiesburg Regional.

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    Third baseman Tracy Hadley and pitcher/designated hitter Taylor Braley hit home runs in a pivotal, four-run fifth inning as the University of Southern Mississippi downed the University of South Alabama 8-3 Sunday afternoon in the Hattiesburg Regional.

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  • Mississippi State survives against Illinois-Chicago, 5-4

    Mississippi State survives against Illinois-Chicago, 5-4

    Sunday, June 4 2017 6:49 PM EDT2017-06-04 22:49:43 GMT
    Mississippi State's Ryan Gridley celebrates on second base after hitting in a run, putting State on the board as they take on UIC. Source: WDAMMississippi State's Ryan Gridley celebrates on second base after hitting in a run, putting State on the board as they take on UIC. Source: WDAM

    Mississippi State University left-hander Konnor Pilkington dominated for seven innings Sunday as the Bulldogs remained alive in the Hattiesburg Regional by hanging onto a 5-4 win over the University of Illinois-Chicago. 

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    Mississippi State University left-hander Konnor Pilkington dominated for seven innings Sunday as the Bulldogs remained alive in the Hattiesburg Regional by hanging onto a 5-4 win over the University of Illinois-Chicago. 

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  • South Alabama powers past Mississippi State, 6-3

    South Alabama powers past Mississippi State, 6-3

    Friday, June 2 2017 11:29 PM EDT2017-06-03 03:29:53 GMT

    Dylan Hardy homered on the first pitch of the game and right-hander Randy Bell went the distance as the University of South Alabama defeated Mississippi State University 6-3 Friday night in the opening round of the Hattiesburg Regional. Hardy finished with three hits, as did teammate Travis Swaggerty, who drove in four runs with a run-scoring double in the first inning and three-run home run in the fifth inning. Bell (7-3) scattered six hits over nine innings, allowing three runs. H...

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    Dylan Hardy homered on the first pitch of the game and right-hander Randy Bell went the distance as the University of South Alabama defeated Mississippi State University 6-3 Friday night in the opening round of the Hattiesburg Regional. Hardy finished with three hits, as did teammate Travis Swaggerty, who drove in four runs with a run-scoring double in the first inning and three-run home run in the fifth inning. Bell (7-3) scattered six hits over nine innings, allowing three runs. H...

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  • USM rallies for 8-7 win in NCAA Regional opener

    USM rallies for 8-7 win in NCAA Regional opener

    Friday, June 2 2017 9:25 PM EDT2017-06-03 01:25:59 GMT
    Southern Miss' LeeMarcus Boyd scores past UIC catcher Rob Calabrese during a play at the plateSouthern Miss' LeeMarcus Boyd scores past UIC catcher Rob Calabrese during a play at the plate

    Matthew Guidry came off the bench to drive in three runs as the University of Southern Mississippi rallied for an 8-7 victory over University of Illinois-Chicago Friday afternoon in the Hattiesburg Regional at Taylor Park.

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    Matthew Guidry came off the bench to drive in three runs as the University of Southern Mississippi rallied for an 8-7 victory over University of Illinois-Chicago Friday afternoon in the Hattiesburg Regional at Taylor Park.

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  • Carey moves in to semifinals of NAIA World Series

    Carey moves in to semifinals of NAIA World Series

    Wednesday, May 31 2017 3:47 PM EDT2017-05-31 19:47:42 GMT

    The William Carey University Crusaders used a six-run fifth inning to run away to a 12-3 victory over Missouri Baptist University and reach the semifinals of the 2017 Avista-National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics World Series. The ninth-seeded Crusaders (45-19) pounded six Spartan pitchers for 17 hits, with every player in the batting order getting at least one hit.

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    The William Carey University Crusaders used a six-run fifth inning to run away to a 12-3 victory over Missouri Baptist University and reach the semifinals of the 2017 Avista-National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics World Series. The ninth-seeded Crusaders (45-19) pounded six Spartan pitchers for 17 hits, with every player in the batting order getting at least one hit.

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  • Southern Miss announces Hattiesburg Regional sold out

    Southern Miss announces Hattiesburg Regional sold out

    Wednesday, May 31 2017 1:56 PM EDT2017-05-31 17:56:33 GMT
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    Less than 48 hours after learning Sunday night that it would serve as a host site for NCAA baseball postseason play, the University of Southern Mississippi announced that the Hattiesburg Regional had sold out. 

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    Less than 48 hours after learning Sunday night that it would serve as a host site for NCAA baseball postseason play, the University of Southern Mississippi announced that the Hattiesburg Regional had sold out. 

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  • NCAA makes it official: Baseball regional in Hub City

    NCAA makes it official: Baseball regional in Hub City

    Monday, May 29 2017 7:23 PM EDT2017-05-29 23:23:33 GMT
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    While the suspense quotient was considerably lowered from a year ago, the roar was every bit as loud and sustained following Monday’s formal announcement of the particulars of this week’s NCAA Regional at the University of Southern Mississippi. The Golden Eagles learned Sunday night that they would be hosting a regional for only the second time in the program’s history, a reward for a record-setting 48-14 season that included an outright regular-season Conference US...More >>
    While the suspense quotient was considerably lowered from a year ago, the roar was every bit as loud and sustained following Monday’s formal announcement of the particulars of this week’s NCAA Regional at the University of Southern Mississippi. The Golden Eagles learned Sunday night that they would be hosting a regional for only the second time in the program’s history, a reward for a record-setting 48-14 season that included an outright regular-season Conference US...More >>
  • Rice outlasts USM in C-USA championship game

    Rice outlasts USM in C-USA championship game

    Sunday, May 28 2017 8:22 PM EDT2017-05-29 00:22:10 GMT
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    The University of Southern Mississippi had celebrated seven walk-off baseball victories this season, including one Saturday that helped the Golden Eagles reach the championship game of the 2017 Conference USA Baseball Tournament. Rice University turned the tables on the Golden Eagles Sunday at MGM Park before the largest crowd in C-USA tournament history. The Owls weathered a 53-minute rain delay to twice rally past Southern Miss and win 5-4 in walk-off fashion...

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    The University of Southern Mississippi had celebrated seven walk-off baseball victories this season, including one Saturday that helped the Golden Eagles reach the championship game of the 2017 Conference USA Baseball Tournament. Rice University turned the tables on the Golden Eagles Sunday at MGM Park before the largest crowd in C-USA tournament history. The Owls weathered a 53-minute rain delay to twice rally past Southern Miss and win 5-4 in walk-off fashion...

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  • USM to face Rice for C-USA baseball tournament crown

    USM to face Rice for C-USA baseball tournament crown

    Sunday, May 28 2017 1:19 AM EDT2017-05-28 05:19:25 GMT
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    First came the dramatic, followed by the emphatic, as the University of Southern Mississippi turned the tables on the University of Charlotte Saturday at MGM Park. Taylor Braley hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the ninth inning as the Golden Eagles scored five runs in their final two at-bats to claim a 6-5 victory against the 49ers in the semifinals of The First, A National Banking Association, Conference USA Championship. That forced a second game between the two, and Southe...More >>
    First came the dramatic, followed by the emphatic, as the University of Southern Mississippi turned the tables on the University of Charlotte Saturday at MGM Park. Taylor Braley hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the ninth inning as the Golden Eagles scored five runs in their final two at-bats to claim a 6-5 victory against the 49ers in the semifinals of The First, A National Banking Association, Conference USA Championship. That forced a second game between the two, and Southe...More >>
  • USM forces second semifinal game with Charlotte after walk-off home run

    USM forces second semifinal game with Charlotte after walk-off home run

    Saturday, May 27 2017 6:27 PM EDT2017-05-27 22:27:16 GMT

    For the better part of seven innings, the University of Charlotte seemed to have its baseball game with the University of Southern Mississippi well in hand in the semifinals of the 2017 Conference USA Baseball Championship. Hunter Slater, Tracy Hadley and Taylor Braley and the rest of the Golden Eagles had other ideas. Southern Miss erased a 5-1 deficit over the last two innings, with Braley’s two-run, walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth inning giving the top-seeded G...

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    For the better part of seven innings, the University of Charlotte seemed to have its baseball game with the University of Southern Mississippi well in hand in the semifinals of the 2017 Conference USA Baseball Championship. Hunter Slater, Tracy Hadley and Taylor Braley and the rest of the Golden Eagles had other ideas. Southern Miss erased a 5-1 deficit over the last two innings, with Braley’s two-run, walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth inning giving the top-seeded G...

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  • Rice advance to C-USA baseball tourney title game

    Rice advance to C-USA baseball tourney title game

    Saturday, May 27 2017 5:13 PM EDT2017-05-27 21:13:00 GMT
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    Spring follows winter. Night turns into day. Rice University appears in another conference baseball tournament championship game. Willy Amador scattered six hits over six innings and Rice got early, two-run home runs from third baseman Dane Myers and second base Tristan Gray on its way to a 13-2 victory in seven innings Saturday morning over Florida Atlantic University in The First, A National Banking Association, Conference USA Championship.

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    Spring follows winter. Night turns into day. Rice University appears in another conference baseball tournament championship game. Willy Amador scattered six hits over six innings and Rice got early, two-run home runs from third baseman Dane Myers and second base Tristan Gray on its way to a 13-2 victory in seven innings Saturday morning over Florida Atlantic University in The First, A National Banking Association, Conference USA Championship.

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  • Southern Miss stays alive in C-USA tournament play

    Southern Miss stays alive in C-USA tournament play

    Saturday, May 27 2017 4:07 AM EDT2017-05-27 08:07:24 GMT
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    Taylor Braley threw eight shutout innings and the University of Southern Mississippi stayed alive in the 2017 Conference USA Baseball Tournament with a 7-1 victory over University of Texas-San Antonio Friday night at MGM Park. Top-seeded USM (46-13) will face fourth-seeded University of Charlotte (34-22) in a 12:30 p.m. Saturday semifinal. The Golden Eagles will have to defeat the 49ers twice on Saturday to advance to Sunday’s 1 p.m. championship game and defend their 2016...

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    Taylor Braley threw eight shutout innings and the University of Southern Mississippi stayed alive in the 2017 Conference USA Baseball Tournament with a 7-1 victory over University of Texas-San Antonio Friday night at MGM Park. Top-seeded USM (46-13) will face fourth-seeded University of Charlotte (34-22) in a 12:30 p.m. Saturday semifinal. The Golden Eagles will have to defeat the 49ers twice on Saturday to advance to Sunday’s 1 p.m. championship game and defend their 2016...

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  • Florida Atlantic knocks Old Dominion from C-USA tournament

    Florida Atlantic knocks Old Dominion from C-USA tournament

    Friday, May 26 2017 9:50 PM EDT2017-05-27 01:50:44 GMT
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    For the past two weekends, Florida Atlantic University left-hander Jake Miednik proved to be kryptonite to the Old Dominion University batting order. After shutting out the Owls for eight innings in the regular-season finale, Miednik tossed 7 1/3 innings of one-hit, shutout baseball Friday afternoon as third-seeded FAU stayed alive in the 2017 Conference USA Championship with a 6-2 victory over the second-seeded Monarchs.

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    For the past two weekends, Florida Atlantic University left-hander Jake Miednik proved to be kryptonite to the Old Dominion University batting order. After shutting out the Owls for eight innings in the regular-season finale, Miednik tossed 7 1/3 innings of one-hit, shutout baseball Friday afternoon as third-seeded FAU stayed alive in the 2017 Conference USA Championship with a 6-2 victory over the second-seeded Monarchs.

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  • Charlotte's Laws logs 14 strikeouts in shutout win

    Friday, May 26 2017 2:21 PM EDT2017-05-26 18:21:16 GMT
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    The first two times Florida Atlantic University catcher Pedro Pages had stepped into the batter’s box Thursday morning at MGM Park, Florida International University right-hander Nick McDonald had started him off with breaking pitches. 

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    The first two times Florida Atlantic University catcher Pedro Pages had stepped into the batter’s box Thursday morning at MGM Park, Florida International University right-hander Nick McDonald had started him off with breaking pitches. 

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  • USM stays alive in C-USA Baseball Tournament

    USM stays alive in C-USA Baseball Tournament

    Thursday, May 25 2017 10:13 PM EDT2017-05-26 02:13:07 GMT
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    Second baseman Matthew Guidry hit a three-run home run with two outs in the second inning and junior left hander Kirk McCarty gutted his way through seven strong innings as top-seeded University of Southern Mississippi stayed alive in The First, A National Banking Association, Conference USA Championship.

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    Second baseman Matthew Guidry hit a three-run home run with two outs in the second inning and junior left hander Kirk McCarty gutted his way through seven strong innings as top-seeded University of Southern Mississippi stayed alive in The First, A National Banking Association, Conference USA Championship.

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  • UTSA takes down No. 11 USM, 9-2

    UTSA takes down No. 11 USM, 9-2

    Wednesday, May 24 2017 8:34 PM EDT2017-05-25 00:34:08 GMT
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    The University of Texas-San Antonio gave the No. 11 University of Southern Mississippi a dose of its own medicine Wednesday evening in the opening round of the 2017 Conference USA Baseball Tournament. The Roadrunners, who were outscored 39-13 by the Golden Eagles in a conference series sweep to close the regular season just five days ago, returned the favor, pounding out a 9-2 victory at MGM Park.

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    The University of Texas-San Antonio gave the No. 11 University of Southern Mississippi a dose of its own medicine Wednesday evening in the opening round of the 2017 Conference USA Baseball Tournament. The Roadrunners, who were outscored 39-13 by the Golden Eagles in a conference series sweep to close the regular season just five days ago, returned the favor, pounding out a 9-2 victory at MGM Park.

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  • ODU rallies for 3-2 win over FIU at C-USA tournament

    ODU rallies for 3-2 win over FIU at C-USA tournament

    Wednesday, May 24 2017 7:07 PM EDT2017-05-24 23:07:41 GMT
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    Despite starting from an unfamiliar position in the Conference USA postseason baseball bracket, Rice University played Wednesday morning pretty much as it had in past years. Freshman right-hander Matt Canterino allowed four hits and struck out a career-high 11 batters in a personal-best 7 2/3 innings as Rice topped Florida Atlantic University 5-3 in the opener of The First, A National Banking Association, Conference USA Championship at MGM Park. “Their pitcher threw great...

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    Despite starting from an unfamiliar position in the Conference USA postseason baseball bracket, Rice University played Wednesday morning pretty much as it had in past years. Freshman right-hander Matt Canterino allowed four hits and struck out a career-high 11 batters in a personal-best 7 2/3 innings as Rice topped Florida Atlantic University 5-3 in the opener of The First, A National Banking Association, Conference USA Championship at MGM Park. “Their pitcher threw great...

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  • Four people arrested on drug, firearm possession in Jones County

    Four people arrested on drug, firearm possession in Jones County

    Friday, February 23 2018 7:16 PM EST2018-02-24 00:16:44 GMT
    A search warrant executed Friday landed four people behind bars in Jones County on drug and firearm possession charges. (Photo Source: WDAM )A search warrant executed Friday landed four people behind bars in Jones County on drug and firearm possession charges. (Photo Source: WDAM )
    A search warrant executed Friday landed four people behind bars in Jones County on drug and firearm possession charges. (Photo Source: WDAM )A search warrant executed Friday landed four people behind bars in Jones County on drug and firearm possession charges. (Photo Source: WDAM )
    A search warrant executed Friday landed four people behind bars in Jones County on drug and firearm possession charges. Deputies searched the 100 block of Brown Drive in eastern Jones County and recovered suspected methamphetamine, prescription amphetamine pills, assorted drug paraphernalia, several firearms, several thousand dollars in cash and many items suspected to be stolen property, according to a Jones County Sheriff's Department press release. Four people were taken in custo...More >>
    A search warrant executed Friday landed four people behind bars in Jones County on drug and firearm possession charges. Deputies searched the 100 block of Brown Drive in eastern Jones County and recovered suspected methamphetamine, prescription amphetamine pills, assorted drug paraphernalia, several firearms, several thousand dollars in cash and many items suspected to be stolen property, according to a Jones County Sheriff's Department press release. Four people were taken in custo...More >>
  • Two arrest in Jones County for drug possession, trespassing

    Two arrest in Jones County for drug possession, trespassing

    Friday, February 23 2018 6:58 PM EST2018-02-23 23:58:12 GMT
    Sellers and Smith were arrested and charged with trespassing, possession of marijuana and possession of  methamphetamine. (Photo source: Jones County Sheriff's Dept.)Sellers and Smith were arrested and charged with trespassing, possession of marijuana and possession of  methamphetamine. (Photo source: Jones County Sheriff's Dept.)
    Sellers and Smith were arrested and charged with trespassing, possession of marijuana and possession of  methamphetamine. (Photo source: Jones County Sheriff's Dept.)Sellers and Smith were arrested and charged with trespassing, possession of marijuana and possession of  methamphetamine. (Photo source: Jones County Sheriff's Dept.)
    Jones County Sheriff's deputies arrested two people for drug possession and trespassing Friday. A deputy responded to a possible trespassing complaint at a residence in the 400 block of Trace Road in northern Jones County where deputies found Justin Sellers, 32, of Sandersville, and Amber Ray Smith, 26, of Laurel, partially clothed and passed out in a vehicle, according to the press release. Deputies discovered both were in possession of marijuana and methamphetamine. Sell...More >>
    Jones County Sheriff's deputies arrested two people for drug possession and trespassing Friday. A deputy responded to a possible trespassing complaint at a residence in the 400 block of Trace Road in northern Jones County where deputies found Justin Sellers, 32, of Sandersville, and Amber Ray Smith, 26, of Laurel, partially clothed and passed out in a vehicle, according to the press release. Deputies discovered both were in possession of marijuana and methamphetamine. Sell...More >>
  • RTDNF to honor Robin Roberts with Lifetime Achievement Award

    RTDNF to honor Robin Roberts with Lifetime Achievement Award

    Friday, February 23 2018 6:27 PM EST2018-02-23 23:27:05 GMT
    RTDNF will honor GMA's Robin Roberts with the Lifetime Achievement Award on March 8. (Photo Source: RTDNF)RTDNF will honor GMA's Robin Roberts with the Lifetime Achievement Award on March 8. (Photo Source: RTDNF)

    On March 8, she’ll be awarded the Radio Television Digital News Association Foundation's Lifetime Achievement Award. 

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    On March 8, she’ll be awarded the Radio Television Digital News Association Foundation's Lifetime Achievement Award. 

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