PURVIS, MS (WDAM) - For a second consecutive week, the Purvis High School football team was able to gut out a victory.
And for a second, consecutive week, Sumrall High School saw a double-digit lead slip away in a heartbreaking defeat.
Purvis recovered a muffed punt late in the fourth quarter to set up a senior quarterback Ty Howell's 4-yard run touchdown run with less than a minute to play as the Tornadoes got past the visiting Bobcats 35-28 n the Region 7-4A opener for both schools.
"That was a hard loss," Sumrall coach Shannon White said. "That's two weeks in a row and it was Purvis and that's a rival game. We played so hard, and we really played pretty darn good and had a lot of good things happen to us.
"But this was one of those games where a few plays can make all the difference, and that's what happened with us. They made a few more plays than we did."
The Bobcats (4-3, 0-1), who lost a double-digit lead to Pass Christian High School last week, had built a 21-8 lead on the Tornadoes after junior quarterback Billy Garrity found junior receiver Dannis Jackson with a 20-yard touchdown pass.
But Howell scored the first of his two touchdowns on a 5-yard run to cut Sumrall's lead to 21-14, and after a Garrity interception, senior John Bolton broke off a 21-yard scoring run to tie the game 21-21 after three quarters.
Early in the fourth quarter, Bolton's 5-yard run put Purvis (3-3, 1-0) ahead 28-21, but senior Derrick Lemieux's second, short scoring run of the game allowed the Bobcats to tie the game just moments later.
Bolton, who rushed for 160 yards and three touchdowns on 27 carries, gave the Tornadoes an 8-0 lead with a 3-yard run and two-point conversion run.
But Garrity pulled Sumrall within 8-7 on a 3-yard run, and following a Howell interception, Lemieux scored on a 5-yard run to put the Bobcats ahead 14-8 at halftime.
When Garrity found Jackson for the only passing touchdown of the game, Sumrall appeared to be in the driver's seat.
Then, Purvis hit the eject button.
"We have got to learn how to finish games off," White said. "When you are up, you have to have that killer instinct to finish it off and we just haven't done that yet."
Garrity completed 13 of 18 passes for 181 yards and a touchdown with an interception. Jackson hauled in nine catches for 118 yards and a touchdown and senior Zane Berry had three catches for 57 yards.
Lemieux ran for 73 yards and two scores on 14 carries, while Garrity added 18 yards and a touchdown on seven carries.
Howell ran for 82 yards and two touchdowns on 13 carries. He also completed 11 of 17 passes for 135 yards and an interception. Senior C.J. Boler caught five passes for 60 yards.
Purvis will visit Greene County High School at 7 p.m. Friday. The Wildcats (6-1, 0-1) suffered their first loss of the season Friday, dropping a 54-36 decision to Poplarville High School in the Region 7-4A opener for both teams.
Sumrall will host Lawrence County High School at 7 p.m. Friday. The Cougars (3-4, 0-1) lost their Region7-4A opener to visiting Forrest County Agricultural High School 44-31 Friday.
Poplarville 54, Greene County 36
POPLARVILLE _ Senior Austin Bolton ran for 277 yards and four touchdowns on 21 carries Friday as the Hornets won in the "Battle of Unbeatens" over the Wildcats in the Region 7-4A opener for both teams.
Two other Poplarville rushers topped the 100-yard mark as the Hornets (6-0, 1-0) rushed for 658 yards on 59 carries. Senior Roosevelt Raine had 162 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries and junior Tyler Holston ran for 117 yards and a score on 10 carries.
Sophomore Cory Knight added 27 yards and a touchdown on five carries and sophomore Chase Shears had 69 yards on three carries.
Greene County senior quarterback Derrick Grice kept the Wildcats (6-1, 0-1) in the game, running for three touchdowns and throwing for two more. Grice completed 15 of 25 passes for 279 yards with an interception and ran for 65 yards on 19 carries.
Poplarville led 20-14 after one quarter and 36-29 at halftime. The Hornets led 48-36 after the third quarter and then shut out the Wildcats over the final period.
Grice gave Greene County a 7-0 lead with a 30-yard run, but Raine broke free on a 65-yard scoring run and Bolton followed with a 73-yard touchdown to put the Hornets ahead 12-7.
After Poplarville scored on a fumble return for a 20-7 lead, Grice found junior Kevin Dortch with a 47-yard scoring pass to pull the Wildcats within 20-14.
Holston scored on a 12-yard run and Bolton added a two-point conversion run to open the second quarter, but Grice hit junior Santez Campbell with a 38-yard touchdown pass to get the deficit to 28-21.
Bolton scored on a 41-yard run and another two-point conversion, but Grice closed the gap again on a 1-yard touchdown run and two-point conversion pass to keep the Wildcats within seven points.
Bolton sandwiched scoring runs of 41 yards and 5 yards around Grice's 1-yard touchdown run in the third quarter, and Knight closed out the scoring with a 5-yard run in the fourth quarter.
Campbell had two catches for 89 yards for Greene County, while senior Tagg Creech caught six passes for 109 yards.
Poplarville will host Forrest County Agricultural High School at 7 p..m. Friday. The Aggies (5-2, 1-0) opened Region 7-4A play with a 44-31 victory Friday at Lawrence County High School.
Greene County will host Purvis High School at 7 p.m. Friday. The Tornadoes (3-3, 1-0) downed visiting Sumrall High School 35-28 Friday.
Forrest County AHS 44, Lawrence County 35
MONTICELLO _ Nathan Whitley ran for 135 yards and three touchdowns and caught three passes for 72 yards and two more scores Friday as the Aggies ran away from the Cougars.
FCAHS (5-2, 1-0 Region 7-4A) led just 9-7 after one quarter, but opened up the gap on Lawrence County (3-4, 0-1) to 23-13 at halftime and 37-19 at the end of the third quarter.
FCAHS sophomore quarterback Evan Clark completed 4 of 6 passes for 102 yards and three touchdowns. In addition to the two scoring tosses to Whitley, Clark found senior Jacob Schultz with a 30-yard touchdown pass.
Sophomore Davonta Dixon rushed for 109 yards on 18 carries, as FCAHS picked up 407 yards total offense.
Defensively, senior Ethan Clark led the way with 12 tackles, including four tackles for loss (including two sacks, Sophomore Cody Stapleton recorded a safety.
The Cougars could manage just 22 yards offense.
Freshman quarterback Tavius Clark completed 1 of 2 passes for 30 yards, which turned out to be a touchdown pass to senior Kendarius Fenzell.
Sophomore Kylan Cooper ran for 116 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries and sophomore Perez Taylor rushed for 55 yards and two touchdowns on seven carries.
Junior Ikeem Showers returned a punt 86 yards for a touchdown.
FCAHS will visit Poplarville High School to continue region play at 7 p.m. Friday. The Hornets (6-0, 1-0) knocked off Greene County 54-36 Friday.
Jefferson Davis County 43, Tylertown 14
BASSFIELD _ Junior Jafharis McKines ran for 197 yards and four touchdowns Friday as the Jaguars held the Chiefs to 208 yards total offense in the Region 8-3A opener for both schools.
McKines scored Jefferson Davis County's first three touchdowns on runs of 4 yards, 2 yards and 10 yards. After Tylertown (3-4, 0-1) rushed for a touchdown, sophomore Kyser Booth ran for 2-yard score as the Jaguars (5-2, 1-0) built a 29-8 lead and never looked back.
Jefferson Davis County will visit West Marion High School at 7 p.m. Friday. The Trojans (3-4, 1-0) downed Seminary High School 24-21 Friday to open region play.
West Marion 24, Seminary 21
SEMINARY _ Sophomore Adryane James rushed for 121 yards and two touchdowns, while sophomore quarterback Jeremiah Holder ran for a touchdown and threw three, two-point conversion passes as the Trojans edged the Bulldogs Friday.
West Marion (3-4, 1-0 Region 8-3A), which has won three of its last four games, led 8-0 at halftime and 16-6 at halftime. The Bulldogs (3-4, 0-1) outscored the Trojans 15-8 in the final period.
Holder completed 8 of 18 passes for 134 yards with two interceptions. He threw conversion passes to James, junior Dontavious McGowan and freshman Qavonte Swanigan. Holder rushed for 29 yards and a score on 10 carries.
Swanigan caught three passes for 79 yards.
Seminary senior quarterback Jeff Miller completed 6 of 14 passes for 115 yards and two touchdowns with an interception.
Freshman running back Marquise Crosby, who rushed for 96 yards on 17 carries, caught a 13-yard touchdown pass and junior tight end Nathan Pickering had two catches for 91 yards and a touchdown.
Senior running back Quaius Currie had 5 yards and a touchdown on two carries and added a two-point conversion run for the Bulldogs.
Seminary will visit Wesson High School at 7 p.m. Friday in region play. The Cobras (4-3, 0-1) lost Friday 47-27 to Columbia High School.
West Marion will host Jefferson Davis County High School at 7 p.m. Friday in region play. The Jaguars (6-1, 1-0) defeated Tylertown High School 43-14 Friday.
Columbia 47, Wesson 27
COLUMBIA _ Sophomore Kentrel Bullock piled up 180 yards and two touchdowns and also had three catches for 78 yards as the Wildcats whipped visiting Wesson.
Columbia (3-3, 1-0 Region 8-3A) led 7-0 in the first quarter and 21-13 at halftime. The Cobras (4-3, 0-1) got within 34-27 at the end of three quarters, but the Wildcats outscored Wesson 13-0 in the final period.
Columbia rushed for 285 yards, with junior Ryan Luter going for 19 yards and a scored on two carries and sophomore Teshonne Franklin picked up 4 yards and a touchdown on two carries.
In his first start of the season, sophomore quarterback Javen Moses completed 6 of 11 passes for 112 yards and touchdown. Former starting quarterback, junior Ralpheal Luter, caught two passes for 29 yards and a touchdown.
The Cobras struck for 315 yards rushing. Senior quarterback Del Thigpen ran for 159 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries, while junior Jaquavion Harris added 114 yards and a score on 13 carries.
Thigpen also completed 14 of 22 passes for 136 yards and a touchdown. Junior Shemar Dickerson had two catches for 54 yards and a score.
Columbia will visit Tylertown High School at 7 p.m. Friday in region play. The Chiefs (3-4, 0-1) dropped a 43-14 decision to Jefferson Davis County High School Friday.
North Forrest 42, St. Patrick 7
The Eagles (5-2, 1-0 Region 8-2A) rolled out to a 30-0 lead in the first quarter Friday at Eatonville and the visiting Fighting Irish (2-4, 0-1) never had a chance.
North Forrest won its fifth consecutive game.
The Eagles will visit Collins High School at 7 p.m. Friday in region play. The Tigers (5-2) topped Heidelberg High School 19-16 Friday to win their fifth game in a row.
Wayne County 28, Pearl River Central 14
CARRIERE _ Senior quarterback Joshua Page rushed for 166 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries and connected with senior Demetrius Harris Jr. on an 86-yard touchdown pass as the War Eagles topped the Blue Devils.
The War Eagles (3-3, 1-1 Region 4-5A) held a 21-0 lead over Pearl River Central (0-6, 0-2) after the first quarter and 28-6 at halftime.
Page completed 5 of 8 passes for 111 yards. Senior Perionta Norseworthy rushed for 28 yards and a touchdown on eight carries.
Pearl River Central sophomore running back Kalvin Griggs rushed for 65 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries. Freshman quarterback Cam Brunson hit 8 of 15 passes for 101 yards.
Junior Winston Drain had 11 yards on five carries and two catches for 30 yards. Senior running back Tristan Anderson ran for 35 yards on eight carries and caught a 23-yard pass.
Wayne County will stay on the road, travelling to Long Beach High School at 7 p.m. Friday. The Bearcats (5-1, 2-0) beat Gautier High School 48-28 Friday.
Pearl River Central will host Hattiesburg High School at 7 p.m. Friday. The Tigers (6-0, 2-0) beat Stone High 62-27 Friday.
South Jones 52, Forest Hill 36
ELLLISVILLE _ Junior quarterback John Mitchell ran for 160 yards and two touchdowns and threw for 113 yards and two more scores as the Braves (5-2, 1-1 Region 3-5A) rolled the visiting Patriots (4-2, 1-1).
Mitchell completed 6 of 18 passes, with both his scoring passes going to senior Cade Locklear, who finished with three catches for 45 yards.
The Braves got 132 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 17 carries from senior Jacob Pigford and another 77 yards on 10 carries from senior Ricky Boleware.
Senior defensive back Shiwon Lovitt returned one of his two interceptions. Sophomore placekicker Mark Diers scored 10 points with seven extra points and a 40-yard field goal.
The Braves will travel to Natchez High School at 7 p.m. Friday. The Bulldogs (4-2, 1-1) lost Friday 46-15 to West Jones High School.