HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The Lumberton Panthers enjoyed themselves Wednesday at the Rock. As they should have. After all the squad is one of two teams left competing for the Class 1A title.
A win on Friday in Starkville against Simmons would give the program it's fifth state title and first since 2010. It would also add fuel to an already fiery fan base.
"They really support our football team," Panthers coach Zach Jones said. "Evident this past Friday night in the south state championship game. It was wild. It was fun. And our kids enjoyed that. They enjoyed playing in front of it. I know they've got a big sendoff planned for us on Thursday so we're looking forward to that."
The Panthers won the south state title with a thrilling 50-48 overtime victory over Nanih Waiya.
"It really showed Friday night," Jones said. "Our character. We got down two touchdowns in the fourth quarter. We had several other opportunities to lay down and we did not. Our kids just kept fighting and they found a way to win in the end. So just really proud of that. We knew that. Our kids are high character kids. They play extremely hard so we're extremely proud of them."
Senior lineman Jordan Clinton brought up a word that has been key for the squad in 2016.