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Pride, pizza, 'Little Brown Jug' on the line for Mayors DuPree, Mack

Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree's office created this picture, depicting DuPree's face as seen on the body of the Biblical character David, as he sling-shots a football at the head of Mayor Melvin Mack, pasted on the body of Goliath. Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree's office created this picture, depicting DuPree's face as seen on the body of the Biblical character David, as he sling-shots a football at the head of Mayor Melvin Mack, pasted on the body of Goliath.
HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -

Hattiesburg High School and Laurel High School are ready to square off for the annual "Little Brown Jug" on Friday night, and so are the Mayors of Hattiesburg and Laurel. When the Tigers and Golden Tornadoes meet every season, DuPree and Mack add a little extra incentive by making a little friendly side-bet.

After waiving a flag of truce last season, Mayor Johnny DuPree and Mayor Melvin Mack are back at it.  "(Mayor Mack) called me (last year) and said, let's kind of back off this year, and just have a nice football game," said Mayor DuPree, "Of course at the end, he was trying to throw some jabs."

He may have had a good reason for a little boasting. Last season, Laurel took care of business at home, beating their foes down interstate 59 26-6. This time around, DuPree hopes the Tigers will return the favor. "We understand the game, and we understand last year maybe we were over-matched, but this year," said DuPree, "I think it's going to change."

So what's at stake between the two city leaders? Mayor Mack's challenge is the loser will have to drive to the winner's city council meeting, and present the Little Brown Jug. Also, the loser will have to buy pizza for the winner and the winner's city council.

Mayor DuPree, do you accept?

"I've accepted it," he said.

Now if the Tigers should exact revenge from last year's loss, Mayor DuPree requests "the loser would wear the mascot's uniform, either after the first quarter or halftime," of a game yet to be determined. Mayor Mack's response: "I haven't heard from Mayor Mack, so I don't know if he's accepted," said DuPree with a grin.

The game doesn't kick off until 7:30 pm Friday afternoon, and already Mayor DuPree has launched a "pre-emptive strike," of sorts. On Thursday, his office designed a picture that depicts Mayor DuPree's face pasted on the body of the Biblical character David. DuPree is seen sling-shooting a football at the head of Mayor Mack's face, posted on the body of Goliath.

All the banter back and forth and all the smack talk is all in good fun of course. But Mayor Mack doesn't feel like he has much to worry about anyway, saying, "There's no if, ands or buts about it, Laurel is going to win this game."

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