The Purvis Tornadoes hand delivered a loss Friday night to Seminary’s Bulldogs, 26-13. The first 24 minutes of play were all on the side of the Tornadoes, who didn’t allow the Bulldogs to score a point.
Purvis Coach Brad Hankins made it clear prior to the beginning of the game that his boys’ defense was going to be a huge factor going against a very talented team.
Despite being “the underdogs” in this game, the Tornadoes’ quarterback, H. Robinson, was nothing short of amazing, throwing two huge touchdowns in the first half ¬¬– the first was an 11-yard pass to K. Sherrill and the second an 18-yard reception to J. Johnson.
The Bulldogs could not find an inch of life in the first half. With multiple turnovers in the opening half (an illegal motion, a fumble on 4th and 1, and a turnover on downs on 4th and goal on the three-yard line), nothing was going their way until J. Owens ran 15 yards into the end zone. The score with 9:23 remaining in the third quarter gave the Bulldogs some hope.
Running back J. Barrett also added points to the board for the Bulldogs running in for a two-yard TD. Failing at the extra points, the Bulldogs did not see the end zone anymore for the remainder of the game.
Purvis did not let up with their scoring in the second half. A 22-yd TD reception from quarterback H. Robinson was called back in the third quarter due to an offensive holding penalty on the Tornadoes. But Johnson did not stop shining. He hustled back down the field a couple of plays later and caught a 20-yd TD reception at 4:29 to add to an already great night for Purvis. This only ignited the energy that was already being displayed at the Purvis football field going into the final 12 minutes of the game.
The fans, coaches, teammates, and cheerleaders supported their Purvis Tornadoes as they went on to defeat a powerful Seminary team. This makes three wins in a row for the Tornadoes.
Following the game an excited Hankins said, “The kids played well, hard…they started believing and it showed. We made some big, special plays.” Not only did his defense get it done for him the entire game, but offensively the Tornadoes played at a different level.
Even though the Tornadoes were billed as the underdogs in the game, Hankins doesn’t want anyone to know.
“My boys want to keep that role moving forward hoping to win many games just as they did tonight with a major upset,” Hankins set.
The Tornadoes look to continue with this positive momentum as they host Stone (Wiggins) in a conference game at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4..