Fresh from first win of the season, Tornadoes welcome NE Jones

By JESSE JOHNSON,

The Purvis Tornadoes got their first win of the season Friday night as they defeated Perry Central 27-8. The Tornadoes look to carry that winning momentum forward as they face a tough Northeast Jones Tiger team this week.

Overall, Coach Brad Hankins felt his guys played well against Perry Central.

“The biggest thing is we didn’t turn the ball over,” Hankins said. “We created a turnover, so winning the turnover battle made the difference in the ball game for us. Anytime you get that first win it makes it easier to get more wins. You still have to practice hard and correct mistakes and I feel like we are ready to go.”

This week the Tornadoes host the Northeast Jones Tigers. The Jones County school sits at 2-2 for the season, and is averaging 209 yards on the ground with 11 touchdowns through three games. The defense has also sacked the opposing quarterback eight times.

Hankins will have a tough test with the Tigers in Friday night’s matchup.

“Northeast Jones is a big football team,” the coach said. “They run the football really well. We have to key in on tackling this week. They have two good running backs so we need to correct mistakes made on the defensive side of things if we are going to have a chance at this. Three guys on that offense could make a difference at any moment of the game. We’ve just got to make sure we take care of that.”

Tough non-conference games are meant to toughen a team and that’s exactly why Coach Hankins has teams like the Tigers on the season’s schedule.

“You want to play programs like this,” Hankins said. “These games will make you better. Beating someone by 40 doesn’t always make you better. We are looking to be tested and get better week to week. We look forward to this week’s matchup and more importantly, getting better as a team.”

Game time is set for 7 pm as Purvis hosts Northeast Jones.

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