By Jennifer Lenain, Item Staff Writer
The Picayune Item
BAY ST. LOUIS —
Malik Lucas scored six touchdowns powering Poplarville to a playoff berth Friday night with a 54-35 win over the Bay High Tigers.
The Hornets, 7-2 overall and 3-1 in Region 8-4A play, played a steady offensive game.
Allowing the Tigers to score one touchdown in the first half, the Hornet's were down by six when Devin Bonner successfully blocked the Tiger's extra point attempt. Bonner also gained possession for the Hornets with an interception late in the game.
Lucas got the ball rolling with a 21-yard touchdown pass from Chandler Ray, tying the game 6-6. The Tiger's Keshaun Pullom blocked Cody Mikell's extra point attempt. But, Lucas followed with a 25-yard touchdown run and officially put the Hornets in the lead 13-6.
By halftime, the Hornets led the Tigers 30-6 as Lucas scored on runs of 14- and 3-yards and Mikell added a 23-yard field goal. He also added a 29-yard field goal late in the game.
Lucas continued to raise the lead for the Hornets and ran for scores of 48- and 98-yards in the second half.
Quarterback Chandler Ray completed six-of-eight passes for 107 yards.
Head Coach Chris Teal said his offensive line played well in Friday night's game. "Lucas had a great football game," he said.
A result of Rojae Raine and Jiquan James being out for the week, Lucas shined and competed 15 carries for 237 yards in Friday's game.
Teal said he decided to hold Raine and James out this week because they were "a little banged up," but ensured they will both be back next week when the Hornets take on Vancleave at home.
Dalton Padgett, the Hornet's fullback, played a complete game and had a eight-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. "We needed him tonight," Teal said.
With less than a minute remaining, the Tiger's Larnel Lewis scored his fifth touchdown of the night to finished off the Tiger's last home game of the season.
The Hornets host Vancleave Friday night, and a win would ensure a home playoff game in the opening round of the Class 4A state playoffs for Poplarville.