High school football recap: Week 6

Oak Grove, East Marion get off on the right foot in respective region play.

High School Football Recap: Week 6

Jefferson Davis, Lumberton, Richton log bog wins

West Marion swamps Columbia Academy, 46-8

The Trojans defeated the Cougars 46-8

Columbia Academy, West Marion square off Friday night

Marion County will see a mix of public-private athletics Friday night when West Marion High School visits Columbia Academy.

South Jones hosts Laurel in Jones County battle

South Jones (3-2) enters region play against Laurel on Friday, riding a three-game win streak.Laurel (1-3) comes off a bye week after three straight losses to Hattiesburg, Oak Grove and Petal, respectively.

Player of the Week - Stringer senior Anthony Thomas

“There’s been some pretty good players come through Stringer,” said Red Devils head coach John Brown.

High School Football Recap: Week 5 part 2

Bay Springs bounces back; North Forrest wins second straight in this week's high school football recap.

High School Football Recap: Week 5

West Marion, Taylorsville remain undefeated

Undefeated Sumrall tops Richton, 33-20

The Bobcats defeated the Rebels to improve to 5-0.

Taylorsville hosts Columbia in a battle of unbeatens

It will be a battle of unbeatens in Smith County on Friday night.Taylorsville (4-0) hosts Columbia (4-0) at 7 p.m.

Sumrall, Richton football back on right track

This year, while both teams have benefited from accommodating, early-season schedules, Richton and Sumrall both feature senior-laden rosters boasting experience and playmakers.

  Wayne County hosts 15th Timber Bowl

The 15th Timber Bowl kicks off on Friday night at Wayne County.

Player of the Week - Hattiesburg’s Drexlan Allen

Player of the Week - Hattiesburg's Drexlan Allen

Columbia High off to 4-0 start

Columbia finished 3-7 last season. The Wildcats have already surpassed that win total in 2018 at 4-0.First-year head coach Chip Bilderback and company face arguably their toughest test on Friday against defending class 2A state champion Taylorsville.

High School Football Recap: Week 4 pt. 3

Taylorsville, South Jones, Petal, Richton and Collins picked up wins in Week 4 of Friday night football.

High School Football Recap: Week 4 pt. 2

Lumberton, Columbia continue strong start.

High School Football Recap: Week 4

Sumrall, West Marion remain unbeaten

Hattiesburg dominates Oak Grove on scoreboard, 51-19

Drexlan Allen had a big night as the Tigers roll past the Warriors 51-19

Pascagoula wins Singing River Classic, Homecoming Queen kicks game-winner, other week four action

Pascagoula hands Gautier their first loss of the year, while a Homecoming Queen provided the game-winner for Ocean Springs, among other area week four high school football action.

Player of the Week: Oak Grove QB John Rhys Plumlee

Oak Grove quarterback John Rhys Plumlee is starting out the season on the right foot.

Taylorsville routes Mize, 41-6

Sophomore quarterback Ty Keyes threw for 359 yards and three touchdowns Friday night as the Tartars amassed 520 yards total offense to pick up the road win.

Sumrall remains unbeaten after win over Sacred Heart

Senior Tyrek Preston ran for two touchdowns and sophomore Hayden Barrett returned a punt 60 yards for a score Friday as the Bobcats remained unbeaten.

Collins bounces back with win over Northeast Jones

Collins got a pair of rushing touchdowns from junior Antonio Spencer and also scored on punt and kickoff returns as it rebounded from its first loss of the season.

Lumberton remains unbeaten with win over Heidelberg

Sophomore Robert Henry rambled for 264 yards and two touchdowns and senior Davion Edwards rumbled for 74 yards and a touchdown Friday as Lumberton High School pulled away from Heidelberg High School.

Oak Grove surges past Laurel, 36-18

Despite playing on an oversaturated football field that more resembled a bog than turf Friday night Oak Grove High School continued to just roll right along.

Laurel, Oak Grove to battle “Between the Bricks”

The coaches for both schools said that Friday night’s showdown “Between the Bricks” at Blair Stadium not only will provide a meaningful measuring stick for where either team stands but more importantly prepare both for games further down the schedule.

East vs. West - Marion County rivalry renews

The battle for the Marion County Championship continues this weekend. Columbia holds a slight edge after beating East Marion 49-20 last week. The Eagles (1-1) seek redemption against West Marion (2-0). The Trojans will take the five-mile trip down the road to East Marion on Friday night.

Wayne County visits Jefferson Davis on Friday

Talk about a tough way to open the season. Wayne County's first three opponents include archrival West Jones, class 6A Oak Grove and the defending class 3A state champs Jefferson Davis. The War Eagles split the first two games and now travel to Bassfield to take on the Jaguars on Friday at 7 p.m. First-year coach Shelton Gandy believes Jefferson Davis's classification doesn't much matter.

Player of the Week - Hattiesburg's Jarod Conner

For decades, football players have taken ballet classes as a way to improve balance and flexibility. Hattiesburg's Jarod Conner did his own version of pirouette in the Tigers' backfield on Saturday – a move he first tried last season and has since perfected. "That play's called tornado," Conner said with a smile.

Battle for "Lil Brown Jug" has stood the test of time

For the 97th time, Laurel and Hattiesburg will line it up on the football field to battle for the "Lil Brown Jug" on Saturday at 7 p.m. The rivalry has only intensified over the years as the two schools met in the playoffs the last three years. The longest, continuously-played game in the state hasn't lost any steam since 1922 as folks around town talk about the "Jug" all week long.

Goal-line stands prove key in Jefferson Davis’ 24-19 win at Collins

Jefferson Davis County held off Collins on Friday night for a 24-19 win.

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Jefferson Davis travels to Collins for "cat fight"

Jefferson Davis and Collins had themselves a battle on the gridiron last season. The Jaguars came away with a 22-20 win in Bassfield and went on to claim the class 3A state title. Meanwhile, the Tigers came within a victory of reaching the class 2A state title game. The two rivals line it up again on Friday night in Collins.

Hattiesburg, Laurel renew Battle for Lil’ Brown Jug

When Tony Vance arrived at Hattiesburg High School, the football game with Laurel High School simply stood as just another game on the schedule. "Did not have a clue," said Vance, who arrived in 2013 from Charleston High School to take over the coaching reins at Hattiesburg. "I knew there was a Little Brown Jug game (in college) between Minnesota and (Michigan), but wasn't really aware of this one.

Hattiesburg, Laurel in for tough battle

"It's Jug week!" That was the cry echoed throughout Watkins Stadium in Laurel on Wednesday afternoon. Both the Golden Tornadoes and Hattiesburg High prepare for the 97th battle for the "Lil' Brown Jug" on Saturday night. The longest running high school football rivalry in the state renews at Hattiesburg High on Saturday at 7 p.m.

Player of the Week - Lumberton's Robert Henry

In 2006, Terry Grant and Jamiah Holder became the first Lumberton grads to sign Division I college scholarships straight out of high school. Holder went to Louisiana-Monroe while Grant went on to win SEC freshman of the year at Alabama. Panthers sophomore Robert Henry has similar goals of playing college football – and similar talent-level to that of Grant and Holder.

WDAM ALL-STAR: Hattiesburg's Jarod Conner

Hattiesburg senior quarterback Jarod Connor earned this week's WDAM 7 All-Star selection after leading his teammates to a big win over a rival.

Wayne County holds on for 10-6 victory over West Jones

Wayne County defeated West Jones 10-6 at Mustang Field in Soso.

Oak Grove opens season with 49-7 win over Purvis

Oak Grove opened its season with a 49-7 win over Purvis on Friday night. The Warriors jumped out to a 42-0 lead over the Tornadoes en route to the season-opening victory. Senior quarterback John Rhys Plumlee, who accounted for three touchdowns, said this was the exact start Oak Grove needed in its pursuit to make the playoffs for the first time in three years. "This was a big deal for us getting the momentum rolling into the season, for sure," Plumlee said.

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Bay Springs opens season with 39-6 win over Stringer

The 2018 high school football season began with a bang, some roars of thunder and flashes of lightning – but the games went on. Bay Springs defeated Stringer 39-6 to open the season on a rainy evening in Stringer. The Bulldogs' first drive from scrimmage began on their own 22-yard line and ended in an Anson "Deebo" Windham 6-yard touchdown run. With the win, Bay Springs has now captured the "Battle for the Bell" five years in a row.