35 years ago, Pascagoula dominated in prep football


by Curtis Rockwell, Our Mississippi Home

In 1987, 35 years ago this Fall, the football team at High School sat atop the prep football world in the state of Mississippi.

And some might say the Southeastern United States as well.

The 1987 Panthers registered one of the finest seasons ever on the gridiron in The Magnolia State, as they recorded a 14-0 season and captured the Class 5A state championship. The squad finished ranked as the top team overall in the state and was ranked 14th overall in the nation by The USA Today.

The team was guided by the Matthews family, as Bill was in his second year as the PHS head coach and his son Shane was the senior standout quarterback.

“It’s really something you always dream of, being a part of a season like that,“ Shane Matthews said, in a telephone interview from…

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