Purvis continues to click and stay unbeaten after shutting out Northeast Jones.
While the Tornados pitched its second consecutive shutout, the team also had starting quarterback Hunter Robinson return from injury as he threw a touchdown and totaled 94 yards last week.
“That was pretty special to have (Robinson) back there,” Purvis coach Brad Hankins said. “He is just a special football player, especially when the ball is in his hands. He can do a bunch of things that make me look like a good coach.”
This week the Tornados will face what Hankins considers to be the team’s first true test as Purvis will face Seminary (1-1), which comes off a 14-8 win over Raleigh.
“They are athletic and well-coached,” Hankins said. “Those guys get after it on defense. It’s going to be a tough test for us. They are so athletic, and their quarterback can really run.
“It’s just one of those deals where this will be a ball game where you can’t make a mistake, and if you do, then it’ll turn into points for them in a hurry.”
Seminary’s Wing-T offense features a talented quarterback and several talented running backs.
“Coach (Brian) Rials has been running the Wing-T for a long time over there,” Hankin said. “He knows all the ins and outs of the offense and knows how to attack you defensively. When you line up to stop something, then he’s got something to counter it. He’s doing a little more spread stuff with his quarterback, who can throw the ball well and make some plays with his legs that are pretty special.”
At quarterback is Jabori Potts, who has passed for 221 yards and two touchdowns and has rushed for two touchdowns. The Bulldogs’ main two running backs are Cameron Sanford and Ladarious Keys, who combined for 234 yards and four touchdowns.
“They have got guys that can take it to the house at any time,” Hankins said. “They scored last week on the first play of the ball game on a quick hit dive play. He went 80 yards for a touchdown. You can’t be in the wrong gap at all.”
On defense, the Bulldogs primarily are a 3-3 defense and place heavy pressure on the edges. In Seminary’s two games, they have posted 24 tackles for loss and six sacks.
“Defensively they will be in mostly a 3-3 look, but they’ll turn it into a 5-3 or a 3-4,” Hankins said. “They can give you a bunch of different looks and bring pressure from a bunch of different places. They are real good on the edges and real good in the secondary. They also have some linebackers that’ll hit you hard.
“If we are going to have a chance to win, we have got to take care of the football, we cannot fumble the ball, and we have to be sound in our blocking roles. They are going to create a lot of pressure, and we cannot have busted plays.”
While Hankins is proud that his team has remained unbeaten, the ultimate goal is to ensure that they are prepared for district play.
“We are excited to be 3-0, and it’s one of those things that are special because of the work the kids have put in,” Hankins said. “When you look at it and you realize that we still have a long way to go to get to where our goals are. Right now, it is great to be 3-0, but you want to be prepared when it comes to district time so you can play extra football in the playoffs and have a chance to advance.”