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Hattiesburg High hopes to break losing streak against Oak Grove

Hattiesburg's Fabian Franklin celebrates after making a catch against East Marion. Courtesy: WDAM Hattiesburg's Fabian Franklin celebrates after making a catch against East Marion. Courtesy: WDAM

Since losing to Petal in its season-opener, Hattiesburg High has won three straight games and look to make it four when they travel to Oak Grove on Friday night.

“I felt like, and I told my players, that at the end of the night we still have a really good football team,” said Hattiesburg head coach Tony Vance. “A lot of mistakes, and we've got to improve each week in and week out and I feel like we've improved each week in every phase of the game. We have to continue to do that to be where we need to be at the end of the season."

The Tigers certainly have high postseason aspirations. But they maintain the discipline that the most important game is the next one as Hattiesburg tries to beat Oak Grove for the first time since 2012.

“It's going to be pretty motivation for us coming in this week because, as me being a senior, I haven't beaten [Oak Grove] for the past three years,” said Hattiesburg senior quarterback Julian Conner.

“It's a rivalry game and it's Hattiesburg versus West Hattiesburg,” Vance said. “And we've got to come out 1-0."

Vance's patient approach to winning can be summed up in the simple message he gives his team every day.

"Be better than you were yesterday,” Conner said.

If the Tigers stay committed to that process, the fourth-year coach thinks Hattiesburg has great potential in 2016.

"No doubt,” Vance said. “I think if we can stay healthy, that's number one, and continue to improve each and every day at practice and each and every week we play, then we have a chance to be one of those teams that's standing in the end."

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