Purvis continues to roll

By BRANDON SHIELDS,

FLORENCE — The revenge tour continues for Purvis.

Behind a big second quarter and a strong rushing attack, the Tornadoes ran past Florence 41-21 in the second round of the MHSAA Class 4A playoffs at Eagle Stadium on Friday night.

Purvis (6-6) will host Poplarville (12-0) next week in the third round of the Class 4A playoffs.

“We had success tonight running especially zone reads,” said Purvis coach Perry Wheat. “Defensively, we played strong at times tonight especially against their counter-attack.”

It was all about the running game for Purvis.

The Tornadoes would have 406 yards of total offense, 270 yards were rushing.

Jon Bolton led the attack with 154 yards rushing on 21 carries with four touchdowns.

“The offensive line did a great job up front tonight,” Bolton said. “They the ones that led the way. We are known for hard nose running team and we did that tonight.”

After trailing 14-6 at the end of the first, the Tornadoes would score three touchdowns in a minute and 58-second span to quickly go up 28-14 at the half.

It started with a 1-yard touchdown run by Bolton with 9:38 remaining in the quarter. After recovering a fumble on ensuing kickoff, quarterback Ty Howell would scamper into the end zone from 30 yards. Lastly, after forcing a punt Bolton would bounce outside and go 54 yards for a touchdown that gave Purvis a 28-14 lead with 7:26 left in the second quarter.

The Tornadoes would tack on its final two scores in the fourth quarter on a 13-yard run by Howell and a 20-yard run by Bolton.

“A lot of emotions coming into tonight,” said Purvis ATH C.J. Bolar. “Establish the run is what win games for us and we did just that.”

Now it's onto Poplarville. The Hornets defeated Purvis 69-34 back on Oct. 20.

“We just glad to be back home,” Wheat said. “We got a tough draw, Poplarville has a great football team.”

Ian Vaughn would have 143 yards rushing with two touchdowns to lead Florence (8-5).

“Our margin of error tonight was very small, but we made too many mistakes,” said Florence coach Steve Pruett. “Purvis is a great football team. That Bolton kid is elusive and a great player.”

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