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A year ago, Mendenhall was fighting for first place in Region 5-4A as it hosted a struggling Northeast Jones Tigers team.

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Zias Perryman took the handoff, sprinted to the right and drove directly toward the Laurel High School athletic hall of fame.

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In a battle of big cats in The Jungle, the Quitman Panthers pounced with two big plays in the second quarter and went on to take down the Tigers at Northeast Jones, 42-7.

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HATTIESBURG — Harold Jackson, surely the greatest, most productive wide receiver not in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, recently was inducted into the inaugural class of Hattiesburg Hall of Fame.

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Zias Perryman powered his way in the end zone from 10 yards on on Laurel’s first play in overtime as the Golden Tornadoes defeated West Jones 23-17 to take control of the Region 3-5A race.

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Four South Jones band members auditioned for and earned a place on the prestigious Mississippi Lions All-State Band. They are, from left, Jacob Roney (euphonium), Seth Estes (trumpet), Kragen Lewis (flute) and Jared Bush (trumpet and All-State Jazz Band). Almost 1,000 young musicians auditio…

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BOONEVILLE – The seventh-ranked Jones College Bobcats scored three touchdowns in less than five minutes of the first quarter and went on to defeat Northeast Mississippi 40-27 Thursday night at Tiger Stadium/Bill Ward Field.

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The top teams of Region 3-5A are set to do battle Friday night in what likely will be the de facto region championship game Between the Bricks when West Jones squares off against Laurel.

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While the top two teams have distanced themselves from the field in Region 3-5A, the fight for the final two playoff spots is as jumbled as ever, with four teams vying for the coveted two postseason bids.

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A battle of unbeatens turned into a blowout as Taylorsville (8-0), the top-ranked team in Class 2A, defeated Lumberton (6-1), the No. 2 team in Class 1A, 35-9 on Friday night.

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Long-time Atlanta Braves scout Rod Gilbreath of Laurel has helped mold the current Braves into a playoff-caliber team at least a couple years ahead of what most baseball folks thought possible. The surprising Braves were set to play Game 4 of the National League Division Series on Monday nig…

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West Jones pitched its third straight shutout — all in Region 3-5A games — with a 37-0 shellacking of North Pike at The Shoe in Soso on Friday night.

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POPLARVILLE — There was no doubt who the top “Cat” was in the 88th annual “Catfight” Thursday night at Dobie Holden Stadium.

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The Southeastern Conference on Tuesday announced its 2018 AT&T SEC Football Legends class, an assemblage of former football standouts who will be honored at events surrounding the SEC Football Championship Game in Atlanta in December.

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It wasn’t the flashiest game ever played, but oh-so effective for the Laurel Golden Tornadoes.

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When Chad Locklear snagged the onside kick out of the air in Laurel territory with less than two minutes to play Friday night, South Jones’ faithful were believing.

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Tigers ready to regroup for ‘second season’

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There were several announcements that hap- pened last week and the first playoff race was last weekend, but I got busy with my photo sessions and dropped the ball on my column. So, let’s play catch-up.

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The 13th-ranked Jones College Bobcats will face a major challenge tonight (Thursday).

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BAY SPRINGS — Jacario Ducksworth’s 86-yard punt return 86’ed Northeast Jones’ comeback hopes as Bay Springs ended its losing streak to the Tigers, 34-17, on Friday night.

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 BAY SPRINGS - Northeast Jones battled back from a two-touchdown deficit to tie it going into halftime, but Bay Springs got a pair of quick sixes after the break and won, 34-17.

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Laurel will open region play Friday at South Jones, while Mustangs will host Patriots

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CLINTON – The No. 16 Jones College Bobcats overcame a 14-0 deficit and defeated Hinds 28-25 Thursday night at Robinson-Hale Stadium on the campus of Mississippi College.

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South Jones, winner of two straight, to face winless Bay