Purvis enjoying a five-game winning streak.

By JESSE JOHNSON,

The Purvis Tornadoes have won five games in a row after starting the season winless in its first three games.

During the five-game winning streak the Tornadoes have averaged 31 points per game and 17 points on the defensive side of the ball. Even though the team has seen success in recent games, Coach Brad Hankins believes there is room for improvement on both sides of the ball.

“We have a lot of things to work on and clean up this week,” Hankins said. “You don’t see it much on Friday nights, but going back and looking at game tape we have to correct and get better at blocking and tackling. We want to play until the whistle blows. That’s something we have noticed and we are going to work on that this week.”

The great play from the Tornadoes will be put to the test this week as Purvis has a showdown with Poplarville.

The Tornadoes will have to zone in on the Hornets’ great running game as Poplarville averages 272 yards rushing per game.

The Hornets have six running backs with at least 20 carries totaling 1,904 yards on the season.

Slowing the running attack will be the main focus for Hankins and his team.

“Poplarville has a great football tradition down there,” Hankins said. “They are never out of any ballgame and play extremely hard. Their running game is one of the best in our division. They run their Wing-T offense to perfection. Any of their handful of running backs can take the ball to the end zone on any play. This is going to be a test for us. If we get a chance to tackle them, we have to square up and execute on the defensive side.”

Kickoff is set for 7 pm at Purvis.