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In basketball, it’s called an “and one.” Get fouled on a made shot, a bonus is given.

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By the time Saturday's paper finds its way into your home, I’ll be preparing to say one final goodbye to my grandfather, Marvin Boyles, who was called to his heavenly home Thursday morning. 

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With the unusual circumstances surrounding the 2020-21 season, NCAA officials decided to give student-athletes an extra year of eligibility. Earlier this week, Ole Miss began rolling out the names of seniors who have chosen to return next fall for one more season with head coach Lane Kiffin …

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In an unforgettable contest with the outcome remaining uncertain until the final minute, there was never any doubt who the West Jones Mustangs were playing for; and in the midst of the celebration of their 33-27 victory over West Point for their first football state title in school history, …

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For the third straight year, West Jones is headed to the 5A South State championship.Friday night, the Mustangs will travel to Pascagoula to take on the Panthers for an opportunity to represent the 5A South in the first state title game to be played at Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium s…

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West Jones wreaked revenge on Laurel in Friday night's Round 2 matchup, defeating the Tornadoes 42-21 Between the Bricks to earn a spot in the 5A South State title game for the third consecutive year. This time, they'll travel to Pascagoula to take on the Panthers, who defeated Hattiesburg 3…

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As the old saying goes, a lamp that is lit for others will brighten your path as well. Few understood this better than Dennis Bohannon, who dedicated much of his life to lighting paths for student-athletes in Jones County.“Coach Bo,” as he was affectionately called, never viewed his gift of …

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The first time Laurel and West Jones met this season, the two teams were battling for bragging rights and the Leader-Call’s Jones County Championship belt. When they meet again on Friday night, the Mustangs and Tornadoes will be fighting for a spot in the 5A South State title game. 

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Earlier this month, as the MHSAA regular season reached its end, I wrote that I believed either Laurel or West Jones would be at Veterans Memorial Stadium the first weekend in December to compete for a 5A state championship. As we prepare for Week 2 of postseason play, a prediction that seem…

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PICAYUNE — Alan Follis’ fourth touchdown pass of Friday night was the play that put Picayune away, 35-23, as West Jones won a tough first-round matchup in the Class 5A playoffs.

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South Jones freshman Omarion Rogers scored two touchdowns, including one with less than three minutes remaining, as the Braves rallied to beat Natchez, 31-30, and earn a spot in the playoffs.

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Two weeks ago, the West Jones Mustangs (7-2, 3-2) locked up a spot in the 5A playoffs with a 42-12 win over Natchez. This Friday, the Mustangs will ride to Brookhaven for a matchup with the Panthers to determine which will enter the postseason with home field advantage. 

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Despite all the chaos that has surrounded the 2020 high school football season, the South Jones Braves enter the final week of the regular season with the ultimate goal — an opportunity to compete in the postseason — still in sight. The terms are simple: Beat Natchez at home on Friday, and t…

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The Laurel Tornadoes (5-3, 4-0) wrapped up its not-so-regular season on Friday with a first-time trip to Bay Springs. The Bulldogs clawed their way back with a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns, but three scores by Xavier Evans in the second quarter had widened the gap enough to withstand th…

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The season came to a crashing halt at a place where Northeast Jones had become accustomed to celebrating in recent years. The surprising Newton County Cougars (9-0, 5-0) remained undefeated with a 50-0 victory over the Tigers on Friday night. 

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Two of the West Jones Mustangs' main focuses in practice after last week's loss to Laurel were running the football and playing solid pass defense; and it showed. 

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We all knew it was coming, just as it did after each of LeBron James’ previous nine trips to the NBA Finals. As sure as the sky is blue, last week after the James-led Lakers capped off their championship season with a 4-2 series victory over the Miami Heat, hoops fans far and wide began reha…

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Still riding high off their biggest win of the season last week over West Jones, the Laurel Tornadoes (3-3, 3-0) will travel to Brookhaven on Friday to take on the Panthers (2-1, 2-0) in a battle for sole possession of first place in the Region 3-5A standings. 

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The Laurel Leader-Call’s Jones County Championship belt will be on the line Between the Bricks Friday night when head coach Scott Pierson and the undefeated West Jones Mustangs (5-0, 1-0) take on head coach Ryan Earnest and the surging Laurel Tornadoes (2-3, 2-0). 

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The Laurel Tornadoes’ offense was in desperate need of a spark three weeks into the season when standout running back Xavier Evans was deemed healthy enough to begin his senior campaign. Eager to help his team get back on the right track, Evans provided much more than just a spark, asserting…

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For several reasons, last Thursday’s local showdown between West Jones and Taylorsville was, by far, the most enjoyable event I’ve attended in 2020. 

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Having shown drastic growth and improvement over their first three games, the South Jones Braves (1-3, 0-1)) were due for a breakthrough. On Thursday night, that breakthrough finally came, in the form of a resounding 49-24 road win over the Pass Christian Pirates. 

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This evening, the two most productive passers in the SEC — Matt Corral and Mac Jones — will  go head-to-head in an SEC West showdown between the Ole Miss Rebels and the Alabama Crimson Tide. Kickoff is set for 6:30 tonight (Saturday) on ESPN.

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In just two weeks‘ time, first-year Mississippi State head coach Mike Leach and the Bulldogs (1-1) have experienced a massive range of emotions. They knocked off reigning national champion LSU in the season-opener then returned home and lost to Arkansas, which ended a 20-game SEC losing stre…

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The Jones College Bobcats moved up to No. 3 in the first JCGridiron.com regular season “Dirty 30” poll.

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With the sun beginning to set over the clubhouse at Country Club of Jackson Sunday, Sergio Garcia closed his eyes. You should know he did not close his eyes to make a wish. No, he closed his eyes to make a 30-inch putt — a million-dollar putt, a winning putt on the 72nd hole of the 53rd Sand…