Poplarville falls to D’Iberville 42-22

Published 7:00 am Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Poplarville went into hostile territory to take on the D’Iberville Warriors last Friday.

The Hornets were coming off a high scoring loss to Mandeville, and were hoping to get things back on track.

D’Iberville had other plans as the Warriors rushing and passing attack combined for over 300 yards.

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There were some bright spots on the Hornets’ defense with linebacker Zac Owen leading the charge.

However, Poplarville is still looking for some answers in the back half of the defense.

“Connor Davis played really well, and our two defensive tackles are playing well, Chandler Norris and Ahmad Peters,” Head Coach Jay Beech said. “Right now we’re still searching for linebackers and the secondary.”

Offensively, the Hornets moved the ball well on the ground.  Both Ethan Taylor and Greg Swann had over 100 yards rushing, and while there were some positives, Beech still wants to see improvement.

“Turnovers and penalties are holding us back,” Beech said.

“But our offensive line is playing well and our backs are running well.”

Each week the team will have a game plan on how to attack the opponent’s weaknesses on offense and defense.

However, right now Beech said that the team isn’t putting those plans into motion during the game.

“I don’t think we’re executing our game plan well, whether it be coaches not coaching well, or players not playing well,” Beech said. “There have been too many crucial mistakes, and there’s a fine line between winning and losing.”

The Hornets have been moving the ball well offensively, but haven’t been able to keep pace with some of the high-powered offenses the team faced recently.

The team has given up 107 points the past two games, and will want to shore up their defense before hosting the Picayune Maroon Tide in this week’s Homecoming game.