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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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On a special night of recognition for the team’s three senior leaders, the Laurel Lady Tornadoes delivered a strong performance on both ends of the court to defeat Northeast Jones 61-29 and push their record to 4-0 to start the season. 

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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…

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The Laurel Tornadoes' first win of the 2020 season did not come easy; but in a year filled with countless obstacles and setbacks, head coach Ryan Earnest says the adversity has come to be expected. His team's ability to step up in the face of adversity and secure a 34-21 victory made his fir…

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Today (Saturday) marks our nation’s 48th annual National Hunting and Fishing Day (NHFD). Formalized by Congress in 1971 and signed as an official Presidential Proclamation by President Richard Nixon in 1972, NHFD is a n opportunity to come together and recognize the historical and ongoing co…

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Bulldog fans have been waiting since January for the debut of head coach Mike Leach, and the time has finally arrived. This afternoon (Saturday), Mississippi State will travel to Baton Rouge for an intriguing matchup with the No. 6 LSU Tigers at 2:30 on CBS.

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The Southern Miss Golden Eagles will enter M.M. Roberts Stadium for their third contest of the year feeling that they have a lot to prove, as will their opponents visiting from New Orleans, the Tulane Green Wave. With both programs licking their wounds after losing late in dramatic fashion l…

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Editor’s note: The preview story on Page B1 of Thursday's paper was sent to the printer before this decision was made.

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Northeast Jones’ defense had some big stops, but the offense struggled in its first full game of the season, a 20-0 loss to undefeated Purvis in The Jungle on Friday night.

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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…