Petal begins new season Friday, welcomes Biloxi

Petal begins new season Friday, welcomes Biloxi

PETAL, Miss. (WDAM) - Petal High School enjoyed a brilliant run in the regular season – a 7-0 run through region 3-6A and 10-1 overall record.

However, the Panthers put the past behind them as coach Marcus Boyles and company embarks on a new season – the playoffs.

“This is what we worked for since last January is to get to this point right here, win our district,” Boyles said. “Now the fun starts. This is really the fun season, let’s go out and leave it all on the field. Let’s have fun, play hard and do what we’ve been doing the first 11 games.”

“We had a great regular season, we just think that we started over,” said Petal senior quarterback DeCarlos Nicholson. “We’re 0-0 now. We’re still attacking every game like it’s our last game. We’re just trying not to go home, win or go home.”

Such is the case on Friday when Petal welcomes Biloxi (8-3) at 7 p.m. The Indians present a tough rushing attack that’s racked up nearly 3,000 yards.

Despite finishing the regular season 8-3, Biloxi is the No. 4 seed out of Region 4-6A – which speaks volumes about the parity in class 6A this season.

"I think for once there's not a favorite,” Boyles said. “I think there's a lot of good football teams. I think there's probably several good teams in this thing that can win it. I think it's who comes out to play every Friday, who catches a couple lucky breaks also."

“[Biloxi has a] really big offensive line, running back runs extremely hard and then they got some skill guys to go with the quarterback – a heck of an athlete. Probably one of the best athletes we’ve seen all season long. So, we’ve got our work cut out for us to stop them on defense.”

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