PURVIS, MS (WDAM) - Two teams searching for their first win of the season met in Purvis on Friday night.
The Purvis Tornadoes escaped with a 24-14 win over West Marion in a hard fought, back-and-forth game.
Trailing Purvis 10-6 in the second quarter, the Trojans lined up to go for it on fourth and 22. The gamble paid off as Jeremiah Holmes connected with Dontavious McGowen deep downfield, McGowen avoiding a few tacklers for the go-ahead touchdown. Holmes added a two-point conversion with his dive for the pylon as West Marion took a 14-10 lead with under three minutes remaining in the first half.
Purvis responded the very next drive. Running the two-minute drill, senior quarterback Ty Howell led the Tornadoes to the red zone.
With just seven seconds left before halftime, Howell found Jesse Johnson for a short touchdown catch to give Purvis a 17-14 lead, which they would never relinquish.
Purvis (1-1) visits Columbia Academy next Friday while West Marion (0-2) hosts East Marion.