Kevan Lindsey

Photo/John Larson

It isn’t how you start as long as you make it

For Oak Grove, it has been an eventful season. The Warrior started the season off 3-0 before meeting Archbishop Rummel, falling to them 7-3. That spurred three-straight losses for Oak Grove including two district losses - a 24-20 loss to George County and a 21-7 loss to Petal.

Head coach Drew Causey spoke Friday night that after the Petal loss, he brought in a few players and challenged them to lead the team.

That sparked the Warriors.

Oak Gove reeled off five-straight wins including three games where they held their opponents to under 10 points. Not only did the defense step up, but the offense did too. The Warriors averaged 41.8 points during that span and 443.6 yards of offense.

The winning streak pushed the Warriors into playoff position with victories against Pearl and Brandon. Their 38-21 win over Northwest Rankin vaulted them to second in the district as the regular season ended.

It just goes to show you it isn’t how you start, it is how you get there.

Nasty Bunch shows out, could history repeat itself?

Does anyone know the last time Southern Miss held an opponent under three points? It has been a while. One has to go back to week seven of the 2017 season when they defeated UTEP 24-0. They also defeated SWAC opponent Southern 45-0.

The Golden Eagles finished that season 8-4 in the regular season, 6-2 in conference play. They were invited to the Independence Bowl where they fell to Florida State 42-13.

This season, Southern Miss sits at 6-3 overall, 4-1 in conference play, and a rep from the Independence Bowl was visiting M.M. Roberts Stadium this past Saturday.

Could history repeat itself? Maybe.

Every game from here on out is winnable, especially with the defense playing like it did this past weekend. Western Kentucky does stand in the way, which could send the Golden Eagles to 6-2 in conference play if they won out, thus finishing 8-4 overall.

Football is funny sometimes, but maybe the Nasty Bunch can break the wheel.

The longest day of my sports journalism life

Laurel Impact Sports Editor James Pugh and I had one of the longest days of our journalism careers yesterday. It was for me, at least. That is why Monday Quick Hits is dropping on a Tuesday afternoon.

My day started at 2:50 a.m. when I got ready to meet James at the office in Laurel at 3:45 a.m. I live in Heidelberg, so it is a little bit of a drive. From the office, we went to Adventure Lake in Ellisville where Fishing with Legends hosted a Veteran’s Day event which started at 4 a.m.

The Fishing with Legends event concluded about 4 p.m., to which we went back to the Laurel office to charge our gear for the next event.

Sacred Heart soccer opened their season against West Jones in which the girls got a 2-1 victory and the boys played to a 2-2 draw.

We left Jones College where the team’s played a bit after 9 p.m.

When we finished the gallery and article (to which I forgot to attach the feature photo and had to redo) it was 11 p.m.

I arrived at my home at nearly midnight, ate supper, and I don’t think I made it to my bed before I passed out to which I woke up to my cats - Loki and Thor - wondering if I had died.

All in all, including travel time it was a 21 hour workday - 19 without travel time - and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I love what I do, and it is a highlight of my time at the Hattiesburg Impact/Sports601.

I jokingly told James last night that there might be some zzz’s in my soccer article (I did have to edit it this morning), but hopefully, the content I and James put out was enjoyable. It was a fun day.

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