High School Sports

Poplarville and Stone High battled until the very end

Hornets running back Austin Bolton heads for the goal line Friday night against the Tomcats. The Hornets brought home a close win 38-35, bringing their standing to 3-1 so far this year.
Hornets running back Austin Bolton heads for the goal line Friday night against the Tomcats. The Hornets brought home a close win 38-35, bringing their standing to 3-1 so far this year. Picayune Item

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.

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