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  Player of the Week - Oak Grove’s Nick Milsap

Nick Milsap carried the football just 128 times for Oak Grove last season.He’s toted the rock 200 times this year to the tune of 1,114 yards and nine touchdowns.“It’s been amazing,” Milsap said.

  Player of the Week - Lumberton’s Rodney Parker

  Player of the Week - FCAHS senior Evan Clark

  Adam Doleac’s journey from Pete Taylor Park to Music City

  Player of the Week - Zhakerreun “Phat” Wesley

  Player of the Week - Petal’s Micah McGowan

  Player of the Week - Bay Springs junior Eddie Payton

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  Player of the Week - Richton’s Dylan Farve

Munoz wins Sanderson Farms in playoff for 1st PGA Tour title

  Player of the Week - Lumberton junior Robert Henry

  Player of the Week - Oak Grove quarterback Damon Stewart

  Player of the Week - Laurel quarterback Xavier Evans

  Player of the Week: Columbia’s Kentrel Bullock

  Players of the Pine Belt: Wilson, Heidelberg ready for 2019 football season

Heidelberg senior tackle Justin Wilson intends to make senior season his best.

  Players of the Pine Belt: Wayne Academy’s Castle still standing for senior season

Wayne Academy's Jacob Castle is ready to rebound from junior football season cut short by mono.

  Players of the Pine Belt: Cocroft hoping to help Sumrall take another step forward

Gabe Cocroft wants to follow in brother's footsteps at Sumrall High School.

  Players of the Pine Belt: Glover looking to leave his mark at FCAHS

Forrest County Agricultural High School looking to bounce back from rough 2018 football season.

  Players of the Pine Belt: Swartz hoping to help put Purvis back in the mix

  Players of the Pine Belt: Pace to lead Cougars for final time

  Players of Pine Belt: Dossett looking for Mt. Olive to return to winning ways

  Players of the Pine Belt: Title shot remains tops on McCray’s, Taylorsville’s football agenda

  Players of the Pine Belt: Freeman, Perry Central ready to take step forward

  Players of the Pine Belt: Treganowen lone senior left at Sacred Heart

  Players of the Pine Belt: Middleton to act again as JDC’s man in the middle

Jefferson Davis County High School middle linebacker Markis Middleton is ready for his senior season and a final run at a Class 3A state football championship.

  Players of the Pine Belt: Collins’ McLaurin set to lead Tigers for final time

Hershey McLaurin set to lead Collins High School for a fourth consecutive fall.

  Players of the Pine Belt: Walley, Gandy like what they see of Wayne County

Christopher Walley said he likes Wayne County High School's chances on the football field this fall.

  Players of the Pine Belt: McGilberry set for senior season

Senior DeMarcus McGilberry lets his actions speak for him at South Jones High School.

  Players of the Pine Belt: Holmes to lead West Marion

Senior Jeremiah Holder is a linebacker trapped in a quarterback's body.

  Players of the Pine Belt: Follis has reins for another West Jones’ run

Quarterback Allen Follis ready to shoulder offensive load at West Jones High School.

  Players of the Pine Belt: McLaurin locked in for final go-round at North Forrest

Tyler McLaurin is ready to rock his senior season at North Forrest.

  Players of the Pine Belt: Buckley fits perfectly at Lumberton

Jayson Buckley is a perfect fit in Lumberton High School's defensive backfield.

  Players of the Pine Belt: Sumrall, PCS looking to put tough year behind them

Jake Sumrall and the Presbyterian Christian School Bobcats are looking to put a tough 2018 football season behind them.

  Players of the Pine Belt: Aaron, seniors setting the tone at Columbia

Senior tackle Jordan Aaron wants Columbia High School to continue its recent success on the football field.

  Player of the Pine Belt: Daniels excited about final go-round at East Marion

Senior quarterback Devin Daniels is ready for his senior football season at East Marion High School.

  Players of the Pine Belt: Bullock setting example for inexperienced Hattiesburg

Versatile defender A.J. Bullock is trying to set an example for an inexperienced Hattiesburg High School football team.

  Players of the Pine Belt: Farve leads Richton into new era

Dylan Farve returns behind center to guide Richton High School into new football classification.

  Player of the Pine Belt: Sykes, seniors being counted on at Sylva-Bay

Sylva-Bay Academy senior Hunter Sykes is ready for 2019 football season.

  Players of the Pine Belt: Jones ready for football finale with Tigers

Northeast Jones High School defensive end Jo'i Jones is looking forward to his senior season after missing all but two games as a junior.

  Players of the Pine Belt: Shelby ready for Laurel to take next step

Laurel High School last reached the Class 5A football state championship game in 2016, last won a state crown in 2014. Senior safety Keno Smith said that’s been far too long an absence for the Tornadoes.

  Players of the Pine Belt: Oak Grove’s Knight looking to make up for lost time

Oak Grove senior safety Jaylen Knight is anxious to make up for lost time.

  Players of the Pine Belt: Keys’ return a big boost for Seminary football

Austin Keys returned to the football field in 2018, and is expected to be a leader of the defense at Seminary High School this fall.

  Players of the Pine Belt: Newell set to anchor Bay Springs in 2019

Krystopher Newell will be a mainstay up front for Bay Springs High School football in 2019.

  Players of the Pine Belt: Rogers, Stringer looking to build on past success

Stringer High expecting good things from senior running-linebacker Cooper Rogers.

  Players of the Pine Belt: Newsome, Petal ready to step up in 2019

Petal linebacker Ja'korian Newsome is ready for his senior football season.

PERFECT 10: UCLA gymnast wows the internet and the judges

She made the decision to retire from the elite level in order to become a college athlete. When she made this decision, she had been competing with a fractured back and two torn shoulders.

Reports: AL quarterback Jalen Hurts takes step towards transfer

According to ESPN and CBS Sports, Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts has taken a first but not final step towards transferring to a different college football program.

Ole Miss’ Patrick Willis elected to College Football Hall of Fame

Willis becomes the 10th former player or coach to be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as an Ole Miss Rebel.

  Gold medalist Bowie honored with highway sign

Sign marks Bowie’s hometown of Sandhill

8 Wildcats sign for football at next level

8 PRCC Wildcats sign to play baseball at next level

Carpenter, Webb inducted in Mississippi Golf Hall of Fame

James Ray Carpenter and Robbie Webb will be inducted on Jan. 26, 2019, along with Cissye Gallagher, Ken Lindsay, and Mike Taylor.

MSU DL Jeffery Simmons declares for NFL Draft

In a letter to the Bulldog faithful, released on Mississippi State Football’s official Twitter, the third team All-American thanked the many people who helped him on his journey.

  Early Signing Day 2018: Latest college commits in the Pine Belt

A few players in the Pine Belt signed their names on the dotted line to play at the next level Wednesday.

Early Signing Period in full swing in Mississippi

Wednesday kicked off the 2018 early signing period for college football.

  Pine Belt players prepare for MS/AL All-Star Game

Monday night’s game can be seen on WDAM Bounce, channel 7.3.

Collins’ McLaurin commits to USM

Collins’ Markel McLaurin commits to Southern Miss

Taylorsville native Billy Hamilton signs with Royals

MLB outfielder and Taylorsville native Billy Hamilton signed with the Kansas City Royals.

Jarod ‘Snoop’ Conner decommits from Memphis, commits to Ole Miss

The former Hattiesburg high quarterback made the announcement Friday on his Twitter page.

VIDEO: Clemson RB gets surprise reunion with soldier dad at game

A Clemson Tiger walk-on running back got a big surprise before his team’s win on Saturday vs. Duke.

USM quarterback Jack Abraham leads nation in completion percentage

The sophomore has a passing percentage of 73.3, and has completed 209-of-285 passes.

Cameron Champ wins 2018 Sanderson Farms Championship

The 23-year-old carried a four-stroke lead into Sunday’s final round, closing out with a 4-under 68 for a four-stroke victory, securing his win at 21-under 267.

Laurel’s star offensive tackle receives All-American jersey

Monday was a big day for Laurel High School and star offensive tackle Charles Cross.

West Jones lineman Byron Young receives All-American jersey

American Family Insurance presented West Jones High School defensive lineman Byron Young with his All-American jersey Friday morning during a pep rally.

  WDAM 7 All-Star: Dannis Jackson

Sumrall quarterback Dannis Jackson humbly received his Under Armour All-American jersey Monday morning. Friends and family gathered at Sumrall High School for the presentation.

Former USM running back Ito Smith scores first career NFL touchdown

Ito Smith runs the ball in from 7-yards out for his first career TD

  Player of the Week: Oak Grove QB John Rhys Plumlee

Oak Grove quarterback John Rhys Plumlee is starting out the season on the right foot.

USM quarterback Kwadra Griggs suspended indefinitely

USM announced Saturday morning that senior quarterback Kwadra Griggs has been suspended indefinitely "pending the resolution of a student conduct matter.

  Players of the Pine Belt - Richton's Za'Darius "Peanut" Mitchell

"When I was younger, my cousin came in and was like, 'Oh, he has a peanut head.' And they just said, 'Alright we're gonna call him peanut.'" To his teammates at Richton, senior wide receiver Za'Darius Mitchell is better known as "Captain."

  Players of the Pine Belt - Bay Springs' Anson "Deebo" Windham

"When I got here, they said there was a little kid at the middle school named Deebo, pretty good running back," Head Coach Dan Brady said.

  Players of the Pine Belt - Wayne County senior Jeremy Sibley

It'll be a brave, new world for Wayne County High School football, and senior defensive tackle Jeremy Sibley is hoping to make his final year as a War Eagle his best. "I'm going to miss it a lot," Sibley said. "But you only get to play high school football once, so I'm going to enjoy this while it lasts."

  Players of the Pine Belt - Perry Central senior Derrick Hartfield

Perry Central linebacker and running back Derrick Hartfield says he's ready to step on the field for his senior year.

  Players of the Pine Belt-East Marion senior Raul Soldi

It took some time for East Marion High School offensive lineman Raul Soldi to grow into his role along the Eagles' front. Now, entering his senior year, the 5-foot-10, 230-pound Soldi said he's ready to take his game up a level.

  Players of the Pine Belt - Hattiesburg senior Jarod Conner

For the first third of the 2017 football season, Jarod Conner was a running back still learning how to play quarterback. Once the junior settled in and grew more and more comfortable and consistent in the passing game, the coaches opened up the playbook and Conner became a clutch-play dynamo at the heart of Hattiesburg High School's high-octane offense.

  Players of the Pine Belt - Collins senior Markel McLaurin

Collins High School football coach Eric Booth knows exactly who to turn when his Tigers need a spark on the football field - Markel McLaurin "Whenever I need a big play, he's the man," Booth said of the 5-foot-11, 174-pound senior. "That young man, he's been a pretty good since I got here. Pretty good ole kid, pretty good athlete, know what I'm saying?  He does what we ask him to do and works hard.

Players of the Pine Belt-North Forrest senior Leon Jones

Leon Jones has a tough act to follow at North Forrest High School, stepping into the role vacated by 2017 Pine Belt Player of the Year, quarterback Daylyn Croom. Jones said he can't wait.

  Players of the Pine Belt - Columbia's K.J. Cloyd

Kevon "K.J." Cloyd loves football. "It's not only a game for high school, but it's also about life," said Cloyd, who was selected as Columbia High School's "Player of the Pine Belt." "You take a bunch of different people together and give them the same goal and then try to accomplish that goal." The Wildcats' goal this fall is to bounce back from a 3-7 finish in 2017. First-year coach Chip Bilderback, who took ...

  Players of the Pine Belt: Seminary senior Nathan Pickering

Ever since he started playing the game, Nathan Pickering has been pretty easy to spot on the football field as one of the largest and most athletic player on his teams.

  Players of the Pine Belt - Petal senior Kobe Windham

Moving from Colorado to Mississippi can be quite a change, luckily the game of football remained the same for Kobe Windham.