Throughout their 11-0 start, the Hattiesburg Tigers have reached the 60-point mark twice this season. Jarod Conner says the team’s goal each week, though, is to hang 70 on the scoreboard.
It’s a fitting mindset for Conner, who has found the end zone 98 times since taking the reigns at quarterback in 2017. Four of those scores came last Friday, as the Memphis commit led Hattiesburg to a 58-6 win over West Harrison and a second straight undefeated regular season.
Most notably, Conner threw for 222 yards and four touchdowns. He also added 99 rushing yards on just three carries.
“The passing game was going right,” Conner said. “They gave us one-on-one coverage outside, so we just took what they gave us, and our receivers came through.”
Conner is our Week 12 Sports601 Hattiesburg Player of the Week.
With Conner at the helm, the Tigers are averaging 50 points per game this year.
“We’re having a lot of fun, but the main goal right now is to try to win a state championship,” Conner said. “We’re taking it one game at a time and just focusing on that one game.
“We gotta be perfect on every drive and just don’t make any mistakes or turnovers.”
Conner believes it’s his much-improved passing game that could put Hattiesburg over the top in a few weeks. Throughout the summer, he worked with former Laurel and Southern Miss quarterback Keon Howard.
“I’m more accurate this year than last year, and I can throw farther than last year,” Conner said. “It’s just from working out in the summer and the offseason, getting bigger especially and also going through my technique with different guys.”
Hattiesburg will open the Class 5A playoffs Friday night at home against Brookhaven.