Everybody in America knows the name Walter Payton. An NFL Hall of Famer that not only paved the way for future running backs, but for humanitarians. Payton’s 45 years on this Earth had a seismic impact, particularly the year 1970.
It was a special night in Covington County as the city of Mount Olive honored one its sons - Fred Mcnair.The former Pirates quarterback went on to play college football at Alcorn State. For the past three years, McNair has coached the Braves to three SWAC East division titles.
The nation’s top seniors in college football gather in Mobile, Alabama this week for the 70th Reese’s Senior Bowl.Two Pine Belt natives are among the group that will showcase its talents to a crowd of NFL scouts.
After helping Bassfield High win state championships in 2012 and 2013, twin brothers A.J. and C.J. Moore went on to enjoy college careers at Ole Miss.C.J. just wrapped up his senior season in Oxford while A.J. is preparing for an NFL playoff game on Saturday.
The Pine Belt will be well-represented at the 32nd annual Mississippi/Alabama all-star game on Monday in Montgomery, Alabama.Eight area players and three coaches will compete for the Mississippi team on Monday night at the Cramton Bowl.
Seminary has been battle-tested this season.Two of the Bulldogs three losses came against Taylorsville and Poplarville – teams that are both competing for a state championship alongside Seminary this weekend.
After a two-year playoff drought, Oak Grove is back in the state championship for the first time since 2014.The Warriors (12-2) battle Horn Lake (14-0) on Friday at 7 p.m. in the class 6A state title.It’s been many of the same players as the past few years who have led Oak Grove to this point.
Jones College is a victory away from posting ten wins for the first time since 2001 and just the seventh time in school history.The Bobcats were afforded another chance to play when they earned a bowl bid for the first time since 2004.
West Jones did not win 11 games overnight.The Mustangs have been dominant defensively all season long – yielding just 8.4 points per game. However, it was West Jones’ 37-14 win at previously-unbeaten Hattiesburg High in the quarterfinals of the class 5A playoffs that opened people’s eyes.
One of Oak Grove’s only two losses this season came against Brandon in mid-October.Since then, the Warriors have won four straight and find themselves practicing the week of Thanksgiving. Oak Grove meets the Bulldogs for a second time on Friday in the 6A South State title.
The last time Taylorsville (13-0) and Collins (11-1) met on a football field, it was for the 2017 Class 2A South State title.The Tartars prevailed 48-32 on their home turf and went on to win the state championship.
Hattiesburg High is one of the most explosive offensive teams in the state. The Tigers (12-0) average nearly 50 points per game.Their opponent on Friday night – West Jones – surrenders just eight points per game. The Mustangs (10-2) have pitched six shutouts on the season.
Trailing Petal by 20 points, Gulfport was on the verge of letting its season slip away.Moments later, junior Ja’Korian Newsome forced a fumble, the Panthers recovered on their way to a 34-0 upset win over the Admirals (10-2).