The Petal Panthers opened the season with a sluggish 21-0 victory over the Hattiesburg High Tigers, but a win is still a win.
Petal quarterback Kyle Smith sparked the offense with his stellar touchdown run in the 2nd quarter and showed off his arm as well by throwing 2 touchdown passes.
The first one to senior wideout Jesse Jackson and the other to junior Ty'kwan Bridges.
It was a rough start initially for the Panthers after Hattiesburg struck early on the opening kickoff.
But from that point on the Panthers defense stifled the Tigers attack and held the visiting team scoreless all night.
"We talked to them right before we came out you that have to overcome adversity. You never know when bad things are going to happen. It might be the opening kickoff," Petal head coach Marcus Boyels said.
"Unfortunately they return it, but our defense did a great job, forced a turnover and that was a big momentum change."
Senior wide receiver Jesse Jackson praised his defense after the slow start from the offense
"Never shook us you know. Things happen like that and it never shook us. It's just we're a tough team you know. We don't get down."
Petal faces off against Picayune at home Friday.