Things are looking bright as the Purvis Tornadoes won their third game in a row with a quality win over state runner up Seminary Bulldogs. It was expected the Bulldogs would pull out the win, but the Tornadoes’ defense stepped up once again to pull out a 26-13 win at home. This win brings their season to 3-3 as the Tornadoes head into division play.
Coach Brad Hankins is excited about the growth and maturity of his young team and is expecting to only get better as division play resumes.
“With every win you tend to get more confidence,” Hankins said. “The big thing is we are protecting the football. Our guys have played themselves into shape and they are now conditioned to play the entirety of the game. This definitely makes us a tough team with everyone back healthy and playing well right now. With all the first-time players we have, I am really proud of the way they progressed during the first half of the season.”
The Tornadoes’ offense is averaging 29 points per game in the past three contests, but it’s the defense that has really taken a stand and controlled the games allowing only 31 total points in those games and keeping their opponents’ scoreless in six out of 12 quarters.
“The entire defense is playing really well for us,” Hankins said. “These guys are really getting after it and playing hard right now. They are more comfortable to our game scheme. You can make up for a lot of mistakes with the effort and attitude these kids are playing with.”
Stone sits at 1-3 on the season with the lone win against Hancock High School. Hankins won’t look past them and is aware that Stone has many playmakers on both sides of the ball.
“Stone is super athletic and very big on the offensive line,” Hankins said. “Their tailback, who is only a sophomore, is going to be a very good player in years to come. He is very special so we have to make sure our guys react fast to the ball. Offensively, we need to hang on to the ball and do what we do best. I don’t believe it’s going to be a big play night out of both teams. With the talent on that team we have our work cut out for us and look forward to the challenge.”
Game time is set for 7 pm at Stone High School.