HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Petal's Stephon Huderson isn't afraid to say what his goal is every time he goes out onto the football field.
"I just try to be the best back in the state," Huderson said.
Following a 2015 season that saw him put up over 2,000 yards and twenty touchdowns, the senior Tulane commit is making a strong case for this title.
Huderson is a major reason for the Panthers' strong start to 2016. The squad is 2-1, with wins over Hattiesburg (56-42) and George County (42-30). Petal's loss came in Week 2 at Gulfport (15-12).
Petal head coach Marcus Boyles said Huderson has shown growth throughout his career.
"I think you can just see he's grown as a player and obviously it all starts up front with our offensive line," Boyles said. "They're doing a really god job for us right now."
The Panthers fell one win short of a Class 6A title last year, losing to Starkville (27-7).
"We just gotta get better every game," Huderson said. "They say the biggest improvement is from game one to two so we've improved a lot since then. The team is playing on one beat."
Petal faces another tough challenge Friday with Laurel coming for a visit.
"Be on the lookout for a big game," Huderson said. "We're putting on for the Sip."