SUMRALL _ For lack of a better phrase, Poplarville High School football is on a roll.
The Hornets, who won a South State championship in 2016 before falling in the Class 4A state title game, has used a potent ground game this fall to subdue its opponents.
It was no different Friday night at Sumrall High School.
The Hornets (8-0, 3-0 Region 7-4A) rushed for 501 yards and scored all seven of their touchdowns from 30 yards or longer in a 46-0 win that left Poplarville unbeaten and atop Region 7-4A.
Senior Austin Bolton ran for 182 yards and three touchdowns on just eight carries, including scoring runs of 90 yards, 42 yards and 30 yards. Sophomore Chase Shears ran for 115 yards on just five carries, including a 50-yard touchdown run.
Junior quarterback Antonio Barnes completed all five of his pass attempts for 61 yards, including a 30-yard scoring pass to junior Tyson Holston.
Holston also ran for 81 yards on just four carries, including a 43-yard scoring run and sophomore Cory Knight had 87 yards on just eight carries, including a 40-yard touchdown run.
For Sumrall (5-4, 1-2), junior quarterback Billy Garrity completed 8-of-23 passes for 59 yards. Senior running back Derrick Lemieux had 53 yards rushing on 11 carries and junior Nijewel Coleman caught three passes for 27 yards.
Poplarville will host Purvis High School at 7 p.m. Friday. The Tornadoes (4-4, 3-1) defeated Lawrence County High School 60-32 Friday.
Sumrall will travel to Brooklyn to take on Forrest County Agricultural High School at 7 p.m. Friday.The Aggies (5-4, 2-2) fell 28-7 Friday to Greene County High School.
West Marion 28, Wesson 19
FOXWORTH _ Freshman quarterback Jayden Duncan completed 10-of-17 passes for 78 yards and two touchdowns and the Trojans scored a late touchdown Friday to keep the Cobras at bay.
West Marion (4-5, 2-1 Region 8-3A) led 8-0 after one quarter and 20-6 at halftime.
But Wesson (4-5, 0-3) cut the lead to 20-13 after three quarters on a 55-yard run by senior Dell Thigpen and got within 20-19 in the fourth quarter on Thigpen’s 3-yard run before the Trojans put the game away with a touchdown with about three minutes to play.
Senior Charles Lewis, who had been sidelined for the past month with an ankle injury, led West Marion with 81 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries. Sophomore Jeremiah Holmes had 66 yards and a score on three carries.
Senior Cyrus Thompson caught three passes for 31 yards and a touchdown and junior Dontavious McGowan had two catches for 29 yards and a score. Thompson and sophomore Adryane James each had a two-point conversion reception.
Junior JaQuavion Harris had a first-half touchdown run for the Cobras.
West Marion will travel cross-county to take on Columbia High School at 7 p.m. Thursday in a key, Region 8-3A contest. The Wildcats lost 46-7 at Jefferson Davis County High School Friday.
Lumberton 44, Sacred Heart 7
HATTIESBURG _ Senior Jaden Galloway returned an interception for a touchdown and senior Jaylon Smith recovered a fumble for a score Friday as the Panthers pulled away from the Crusaders in Region 4-1A play.
The Panthers trailed Sacred Heart 7-0 after one quarter before taking an 8-7 halftime lead. Lumberton pulled away with a 22-point third quarter and outscored the Crusaders 14-0 in the fourth.
Senior Rodriqus Coleman rushed for 38 yards and a touchdown on eight carries and had two, two-point conversion runs. Junior Davion Edwards ran for 49 yards and a score on seven carries.
Freshman Robert Henry gained 86 yards on 11 carries, freshman Trevon Jessie added an 8-yard touchdown run and sophomore Kavoria Howard had a two-point conversion run.
Junior quarterback Jared Tribett completed 6-of-18 passes for 97 yards and a touchdown with two interceptions. He also threw a two-point conversion pass.
Senior Donnell Buckner caught four passes for 68 yards and a touchdown and also caught a two-point conversion pass.
The Panthers defense collected three interceptions and two fumble recoveries. Edwards had 10 tackles (six solos) and Smith had nine tackles (six solos), including two sacks, and recovered two fumbles. Galloway had an interception and forced a fumble.
Both the Panthers (6-2, 3-0 Region 4-1A) and Crusaders (3-5, 1-3) continue in region play this week.
Lumberton will host Resurrection Catholic High School at 7 p.m. Friday. The Eagles (4-5, 3-1) defeated Mount Olive 42-0 Friday.
Sacred Heart will travel to Mount Olive at 7 p.m. Friday. The Pirates (2-7, 1-3) lost 42-0 Friday to Resurrection Catholic High School.
Columbia Academy 66, Wayne Academy 14
COLUMBIA _ Sophomore quarterback Ras Pace threw for two touchdowns and ran for two more Friday and sophomore running back Riles Stuart ran for 106 yards and three touchdowns on just six carries as the Cougars opened AAA- District 4 with a win.
The Cougars (4-5, 1-0) led 32-0 after one quarter and 54-0 at halftime. Stuart scored on runs of 8 yards and 4 yards, Pace added an 18-yard touchdown run and junior Drew Havard ran a 12-yard score.
Pace also threw touchdown passes of 28 yards to senior tight end Owen Harper and 65 yards to senior receiver Aaron Thomas and senior defensive back Brent Mitchell returned an interception 36 yards for a touchdown.
Pace all nine of his pass attempts for 225 yards and rushed twice for 24 yards. Havard ran for 59 yards on nine carries and caught three passes for 22 yards. Thomas had five catches for 175 yards.
Columbia Academy will visit Franklinton, La., at 7 p.m. Thursday to take on Bowling Green Academy. The Buccaneers (1-7, 0-1) lost 32-14 to Simpson Academy Friday.
Wayne Academy (4-5, 1-1) will travel to Decatur to face Newton County Academy at 7 p.m. Friday. The Generals (5-4) defeated Benton Academy 27-0 Friday.