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The Laurel Tornadoes played hosts to the Wayne County War Eagles on Friday night between the bricks in a contest that was undecided until the 48th and final minute of action. First-year head coach Kevin Gandy, whose team erased a 21-3 first half deficit to win 24-21, says the War Eagles have…

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Many of Graham Crawford’s earliest memories on the baseball Diamond were made in Jones County, where he was a member of a couple of Laurel-Jones County Dixie Youth World Series teams. Wednesday afternoon, the soon-to-be 20-year-old Crawford announced he will be continuing his collegiate base…

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According to HBCU Sports, Pro Football Hall of Famer Deion Sanders is soon to be announced as the new head coach for the Jackson State Tigers. According to multiple reports, an official announcement is expected from JSU’s athletic department on Monday, although “nothing is official at the moment.”

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The West Jones Mustangs (2-0) have not lost a regular-season football game since Oct. 12, 2018, having won 16 straight since that night at Laurel High School. They have not lost a regular-season home game since Aug. 17 of that same year. This Friday, their 16-game streak will be put to what …

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The South Jones Braves (0-1)  will be on the road Friday night for their second official game of the season against the Vancleave Bulldogs after competing in a jamboree against Northeast Jones in Week 2 of competition. 

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South Jones bested Northeast Jones 14-0 in a home jamboree on Friday night, just three weeks after three Tiger coaches tested positive for COVID-19.

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You’ve all heard and read the name more times than you could count. If you aren’t a fan of the Taylorsville Tartars, you’ve probably heard the name more times than you wish you had. But make no mistake about it: The recognition senior quarterback Ty Keyes has garnered over the past four year…

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PETAL — The good news for Laurel was that it outscored 6A powerhouse Petal in the second half. The bad news was that the Panthers scored four unanswered touchdowns in the first half and won 38-12.

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For the first time in program history, the West Jones Mustangs hold a three-game win streak over their rivals from Wayne County after defeating them 18-2 in a hard-fought road game. 

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Kiron Benjamin scored two third-quarter touchdowns for Laurel, but those were all the points the Tornadoes could manage at Petal in a second straight tough trip to Forrest County.

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The University of Southern Mississippi athletic department confirmed Monday afternoon that Jay Hopson has stepped down as head coach of the Golden Eagles football team after four seasons at the helm. USM will now begin the quest to hire a new head football coach for the fifth time in 13 year…

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The 99th edition of the “Battle for the Lil’ Brown Jug” between Laurel and Hattiesburg was, to say the least,  a unique chapter in the history of Mississippi’s oldest high school football rivalry. The impact of the circumstances surrounding the game could be felt in almost every aspect, even…

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Golden Eagles faced with glaring issues after disappointing home loss to Jaguars

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Three facts you should know about author John M. Barry, the former football coach whose masterful historical literary works include both “The Great Influenza: The Epic Story of the Greatest Plague in History” and “Rising Tide: The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 and How It Changed America”:

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The chaotic affairs surrounding the year 2020 have stagnated most major sports. The MLB has already suffered major issues with a COVID-19 outbreak, the NBA is still playing a season that started almost an entire calendar year ago and college football has been fragmented to the point where we…

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The West Jones’ Mustangs have high hopes and lofty goals for the 2020 season, and deservingly so. Last fall they ran the regular-season gauntlet, entering the playoffs with an 11-0 record for the fifth time in 18 seasons under head coach Scott Pierson. The season ended on a sour note, howeve…

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There aren’t very many reasons to be surprised these days when you hear about dominant performances by the West Jones Mustangs. After all, head coach Scott Pierson’s teams have posted a 33-8 record over the last three seasons in Soso, with a Region 3-5A title and a 5A South State championshi…

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Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce Andy Gipson announced a new Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce program, the Wild Hog Control Program, which uses technology to trap the nuisance animals. 

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If we do have a college football season in Mississippi — and I still think it’s 50-50 at this point — we’re looking at quite possibly the most abnormal season since 1918. That’s when Mississippi State legend Dudy Noble coached at Ole Miss, Mississippi State played Ole Miss twice and Southern…

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At this point, there probably isn’t enough that could possibly be said to describe what a wild ride 2020 has been for us all. We’ve experienced so many day-to-day changes in various parts of our lives that we’ve simply come to expect the unexpected. As is such, of course things were destined…

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The other day as I was traveling from school to school visiting team workouts and collecting information for our 2020 Kickoff magazine, the realization of what was happening finally hit me. 

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Mississippi currently has the highest COVID-19 positivity rate in the U.S., but the state’s private high schools plan to play organized football on Thursday night.

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The Laurel Jones County Dixie Youth Baseball League announced Monday morning that the 2020 fall baseball season has been canceled due to health concerns following recent spikes in positive cases of COVID-19, particularly between the ages of 0-to-17. All city fields will be closed to the publ…

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Laurel High School ninth-grade boys’ basketball coach and welding instructor Stan Jones will be joining the Lady Tornadoes softball team as head coach.

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On this date 23 years ago — which is a depressing thought since many of us remember it as if it happened just recently — a Mississippi boy named Brett Favre signed a contract that made him the highest paid player in history of the National Football League.

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 Many local fans were eagerly awaiting answers concerning the fate of the upcoming football season as they began arriving this week from both statewide and national organizations. Likely even more eager, however, were the coaches and players whose opportunities to compete this fall weighed i…

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    Akeem Davis successfully hosted his sixth annual AD47 Leadership Academy football camp last weekend at Laurel High School, despite facing various difficulties presented by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic that made hosting this year's camp a bit more challenging. Davis and his team, who wer…

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One of my absolute favorite memories from nearly a quarter-century of being a sports fan comes from my earliest days of attending football games, back when I was barely tall enough to be seen through the window of ticket booths at local stadiums.

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Brian 'Skeeter' Parker catches some air at the Daphne Park skate park in Laurel on Thursday, shortly after the park opened to the public with a ribbon-cutting event.