Hornets come off extended break anxious to play
Published 7:00 am Thursday, September 29, 2016
Poplarville High School is coming into this week’s game under a unique circumstance that could benefit them in multiple ways.
The Hornets last scheduled game against Hancock High was cancelled after five minutes of action due severe weather.
The cancellation gave them two weeks without a game due to a subsequent bye-week.
However, the two weeks gave the Hornets plenty of time to prepare before their game against Greene County on Friday.
“It seems like we haven’t played a game in forever,” Hornets’ Head Football Coach Jay Beech said. “The kids are ready to get on the field and play.”
Poplarville’s running backs Jesse Pernell, Austin Bolton and Tyler Griffin have bruised their way to a total of 1,035 rushing yards in four games this season. They have also been responsible for 11 of the 15 total offensive touchdowns for the Hornets.
“We took it easy this past week, but still took our preparation seriously,” Beech said. “Greene County is a good team and they are coming into this game with a lot of confidence. They have an outstanding quarterback that can attack you in multiple ways.”
The Greene County Wildcats are also coming off a bye-week and are rebuilding their team from last year, in which they ended with a record of 1-9 and winless in district play. This year, the Wildcats started off 0-3, but turned their season around by winning the past two games, gaining momentum as they head into their first district game of the season against the Hornets, who have also yet to play a district opponent.
Greene County has had no problem finding the end zone this year, averaging 29.6 points a game.
But the Wildcats have been kind to opposing offenses as they’ve conceded an average of 36.2 points a game.
With seven touchdowns so far this season, Jesse Pernell and the astounding Hornets offensive line look to penetrate the end zone this Friday as they travel to Leakesville to play Greene County at 7 p.m.