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Poplarville overpowers Pearl River Central

Hornets’ Ethan Taylor breaks away from the pack before running the ball for more than 30 yards to score a touchdown late in Friday’s game against the Blue Devils.
Hornets’ Ethan Taylor breaks away from the pack before running the ball for more than 30 yards to score a touchdown late in Friday’s game against the Blue Devils. Picayune Item

Poplarville High School tailback Austin Bolton scored two touchdowns Friday night to lead the Hornets to a 42-6 victory over Pearl River Central.

One Bolton’s touchdowns was for 59 yards and another was for 13 yards, both were in the first quarter.

Cory Knight also scored a rushing touchdown in the first quarter.

Other scoring players for the Hornets included Roosevelt Raine, Tyson Holston and Ethan Taylor, who scored on a 33-yard touchdown in the third quarter.

The PRC Devils only crossed the end zone once during Friday’s match up, when Tristan Anderson carried the ball in the second quarter.

While the Devils’ attempt at an extra point was unsuccessful, Ethan Spiers completed all six attempts for the Hornets.

This is the second loss for Devils Head Coach Larry Dolan so far this season.

He said he intends to keep working with the team to find the right combination that works for the nine games left in the season.

“We’re going to go back and get busy and work and try to get better,” Dolan said. “We just got to get the right people in there and make some plays.”

The Hornets, who went all the way to the state championships last year, appears to be on target to reach that milestone again.

But Beech said his eyes are on the weeks ahead before thinking about the playoffs.

“It’s a long season, and we’re not even thinking about that right now,” Beech said. “Right now, we’re focused on playing the best football by the time we get to district. Then we’ll look forward.”

Pearl River Central will host Forrest County Agricultural next week, while Poplarville will host Seminary.

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