Purvis riding 4-game win streak into Greene County contest

Purvis riding 4-game win streak into Greene County contest

PURVIS, MS (WDAM) - Sitting at 0-2, Purvis was in need of something to pick them up. A 27-26 win over rival Bassfield at home in week three was just what the doctor ordered. That game proved to be the turning point for the Tornadoes as they continue to ride a four game win streak into Friday night's contest against Greene County.

"Some of our seniors, and I can think particularly [senior tackle] Hogan Nelson, stepping up and kind of taking charge at practice a little bit," said Purvis head coach Perry Wheat. "It became more urgent for them and it needed to be that from the get go. But we finally kind of got that going."

"It was definitely a wake-up call," Nelson said. "We have expectations for our season this year and we went in there and just told 'em: 'We have to take another step up. We've got to make something happen and do something special."

Nelson and the rest of the Purvis upperclassmen weren't going to let their season get away from them.

While coach Wheat says eliminating turnovers and penalties has led to the Purvis turnaround, he's just as quick to point to the change in his team's attitude.

"We just realized we had to get after it," Nelson said. "We had to go out there and get better, do some work."

"We had to step it up," said Purvis junior wide receiver C.J. Bolar. "With me being one [upperclassman], had to get our guys going. Like I said, it's all about the heart and how much we want it."

"Right now I think our team believes they can win," Wheat said. "We got a slow start but I think if we can continue to improve, and that's the key, improve each week and play hard. We still have a chance to be a good football team and achieve a lot of our goals."

That starts with the Greene County Wildcats. They're not the Tornadoes biggest rival, but still a regional matchup what will require the same energy Purvis has brought its last four games.

"It's got to come from our team," Wheat said. "We have to realize this is an important step if we we're going to have a chance to make a run and that kind of stuff."

"We're pumped," Bolar said. "We're ready. We're ready for the challenge."

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