By Jennifer Lenain, Item Staff Writer
The Picayune Item
Poplarville missed their chance at making gridiron history Friday night as they fell to visiting Vancleave 50-31 In Region 8-4A play.
Losing to the Bulldogs, the Hornets missed a chance to host their first ever home playoff game on campus. Instead, Poplarville will travel to Purvis on Friday to open the Class 4A South State playoffs.
Hornet head coach Chris Teal was unavailable for comment after the game. Poplarville finishes the regular season at 7-3 overall and 3-2 in league play, while the Bulldogs finish up 4-5 overall and 3-2 as well in league play. Vancleave will host McComb to open the playoffs on Friday.
Vancleave was a thorn in the Hornet's side all night as Bulldog quarterback Terren Crowley scored five touchdowns. The Bulldogs' Marlon Warren and Walter Williams each scored a touchdown on the Hornets.
The Hornets hit the ground running in the beginning of the first quarter as Malik Lucas scored with a 14-yard touchdown run and the Hornets led 6-0. Lucas went on to score two more touchdowns inFriday night's game. He ended the first quarter with a two-yard touchdown run, keeping the Hornets in the lead 13-7.
After a safety by Vancleave made it 13-9, Rojae Raine scored with a five-yard rushing touchdown and the Hornets' Dalton Padgett was successful on the two point conversion, maintaining the Hornets' lead.
Vancleave countered with three straight scores, to take a 29-21 lead. Coming back from the half, Lucas ran for a 35-yard touchdown and the Hornets were down 29-28.
After another Bulldog score, Cody Mikell kicked a 27-yard field goal before the end of the third quarter and the Hornets trailed the Bulldogs 36-31.
From then on, the Hornets could not gain enough momentum to stop the Bulldogs as Vancleave continued to extend the lead and secure the win with two more touchdowns in the fourth quarter.