Something must have been in the water this weekend. That is the only explanation for the clutch performances we saw throughout the Pine Belt Friday and Saturday, then on Miami Sunday.
Let's start on Friday evening.
Purvis took on district rival Forrest County Agricultural in a game that gave Purvis a shot at second place in the district as we head into the final week of the regular season.
The Tornadoes clutched up with a win while holding one of the best athletes in the area, Ashton Campbell, to zero points. Campbell and FCAHS are having a remarkable season, but Purvis stepped up as a team when they needed to the most. Bryson Rowell led the way with 14 points, including key shots in the fourth quarter to seal the win.
Fast-forward to a sports-filled Saturday that started with the Sacred Heart boys traveling to and taking a 5-0 victory over Forest to earn a spot in the South State Championship game.
Later in the day, Southern Miss captured a much-needed victory over C-USA foe Charlotte. The Golden Eagles played their most complete game of the season, closing out the 49ers in overtime 74-68.
Leonard Harper-Baker was instrumental in the victory, posting career-highs with 16 rebounds and 10 assists, and was two points shy of posting a triple-double, finishing with eight points.
Scoot over from Reed Green Coliseum to the Sacred Heart Athletic Complex and yet another clutch performance took place. With a trip to South State on the line, Graciella Falla scored on a header in the 79th minute to send the Sacred Heart girls to the championship.
Falls was filled with emotions, as was everyone after the game. Joseph Falls Sr. described the goal as World Cup level play.
The nightcap in Sumrall as the Lady Bobcats faced off against Vancleave did not end how Sumrall faithful wanted it to, however, Caragan Childs delivered what would have been the game-winner in overtime to break a 0-0 tie.
Childs, who head coach Todd Siders has said had to carry the team on her shoulders years prior, poured it all on the field Saturday night. She, along with the other Lady Bobcat seniors have left a firm foundation for the young soccer team to continue to build upon.
Finally, last night, Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs orchestrated the second-largest comeback in Super Bowl history as they defeated San Francisco 31-20.
With 7:17 left in the fourth quarter, Kansas City had a 3.99% chance to win the Super Bowl. Only the New England Patriots have had less of a chance (0.03% against the Atlanta Falcons) and still came away victorious.
Mahomes threw for 286 yards, two passing touchdowns, and one rushing touchdown to break the most postseason touchdown record by a quarterback. He also became the youngest quarterback to take home the Super Bowl MVP trophy.
Even in a losing effort, former Southern Miss Golden Eagle Tarvarius Moore collected the first interception by a Southern Miss player in Super Bowl history. Moore finished the game with one interception and two pass deflections.