Purvis is looking for its first win of the season Friday night as it get its offense rolling. The Tornadoes had good game play Friday night out of their offense, but costly turnovers caused the team to let another game slip away and into the hands of Pass Christian.
After only scoring 14 points in the first two games, the Tornadoes put up 36 points, which leads Coach Brad Hankins to think things are heading in the right direction for his team on that side of the ball.
“I think our offense is clicking right now,” Hankins said. “ We are getting some things worked out and moving people around in the right spots. I think that once we can get some guys healthy we will be able to move the football a little bit more.”
The Tornadoes had seven different players with rushing attempts totaling 357 yards and three touchdowns against the Pirates. Junior running back Kade Sherrill led the way with 12 rushes for 124 yards and a touchdown.
“We are going to continue to have multiple players run the ball,” Hankins said. “We’ve got two or three guys who can produce at any time and that is the way we want it to be. You just can't get locked in on one, so you better be locked in on a couple of them.”
Another positive going into the week is the return of senior wide receiver and defensive back Jesse Johnson. Johnson decided to put football to the side and focus on baseball but has decided to come back to the squad. A year ago Johnson had 403 yards receiving and added five touchdowns for the Tornadoes.
“Johnson coming back is going to be a big boost on offense as well as the defensive side of the ball,” Hankins said.
Johnson also led the Tornadoes with three touchdowns versus Pass Christian.
The Tornadoes have their hands full Friday night when they meet Perry Central. The Bulldogs are currently on a two-game winning streak, only giving up six points in those games and averaging 40 points. During the three games, the Bulldogs are averaging 222 yards on the ground and totaling nine touchdowns from four different running backs.
“Perry Central is a good football team,” Hankins said. “They have some tough running backs that run the ball explosively. That’s what they are going to do. They're going to pound the ball on us and we’ve got to get ready for a physical football team.”
Hankins' preparations this week fell to cleaning up some of the mistakes made in previous games.
“The big thing is we turned the ball over three times last week so ball security is going to a big key for us,” he said. “We’ve got to make sure we take care of the football against Perry Central this week.”
This will be the first meeting between the two teams since 2014.
Game time is set for 7 pm at Perry Central.