Poplarville pulled off a close win over previously undefeated Stone High on Friday night.
The Hornets defense held off a Stone rally in the last two minutes of the game to secure a 38-35 victory.
“I’m so happy we hung in there,” Poplarville coach Jay Beech said. “They were a great opponent, every time we scored they’d fight right back.”
Austin Bolton’s 10-yard touchdown run with 2:25 left to play put the Hornets up 38-35.
Six minutes later, Poplarville kicked a field goal to get within 35-31.
Jesse Pernell and Bolton each scored on 10-yard TD runs as Poplarville led 14-0 after the first quarter.
Stone climbed within 14-7 on a 25-yard touchdown pass.
Bolton’s second touchdown with 5:17 left in the half made it 21-7.
The Tomcats scored two touchdowns off punt returns in the second, tying the game at 21-21.
“That kept them in the game,” Beech said. “But we moved the ball well.”
Early in the third quarter, Terrion Avery scored to give the Tomcats a 28-21 lead.
Pernell scored with 6:07 left in the third quarter, tying the game 28-28.
Stone regained the lead at 35-28 after three quarters, but the Hornets scored the game’s last 10 points.
“We’re just going to enjoy this win for a couple of days,” Beech said.