On senior night, Purvis’ five-game winning streak came to a screeching halt as they were blanked by Poplarville, 61-0. But it got worse. With 2:48 left in the second quarter, junior quarterback Hunter Robinson went out with an injury that sent him to the hospital. His injury or status for the remainder of the season were not available late Friday night.
The Tornadoes had no answers for the high-powered offense shown by the Hornets, who moved the ball at will with 306 yards on the ground. They also pounded in eight rushing touchdowns.
In the first quarter of play the Hornets (3-0 in district play) took the ball to the end zone in just three plays with a 33-yard touchdown run by Gregory Swann. After a missed field goal attempt the score was 6-0 with 11:01 remaining in the first quarter.
After forcing Purvis to a three and out, the Hornets only needed one play to find the end zone again. Blaise Breerwood connected with Caziah Daniels on a 54-yard touchdown pass to extend the lead to 14-0 in the first quarter.
For Purvis, it was all downhill after that as Poplarville added touchdown runs of 61, 8, 6, and 23 yards to bring the score to 40-0 at the half.
In the second half of play the Hornets added three more touchdown runs of 12, 4 and 4 yards for a final 61-0.
It was a long night for the Tornadoes’ offense as the Hornets’ defense held Purvis to 71 yards of total offense.
Purvis turned the ball over four times on fumbles and only had six first downs on the night.
Even though Purvis lost the division game, the Tornadoes are still in playoff contention. They still have two division road games ahead with a matchup against Forrest County Agricultural High and Greene County to finish the year.