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Poplarville clobbers Sumrall to remain unbeaten in Region 7-4A

Poplarville running back Jesse Pernell scored three touchdowns against Sumrall.
Poplarville running back Jesse Pernell scored three touchdowns against Sumrall. Picayune Item

Running backs Jesse Pernell and Ross Barnett each ran for over 100 yards as Poplarville routed Sumrall 56-6 on Friday night.

Barnett ran for 114 yards and two touchdowns, Pernell added 112 yards rushing and three TDs to lead the Hornets (6-1 overall, 3-0 Region 7-4A) to a Homecoming win.

Pernell scored the game’s first touchdown with 5:11 left in the first quarter. Tyson Holston caught a 40-yard touchdown pass with 3:12 left in the first quarter. Austin Bolton ran for a 16-yard TD for a 21-0 Hornets lead after one.

Poplarville coach Jay Beech wanted the Hornets’ defense to pressure the quarterback.

Pernell scored two touchdowns in the second, making it 35-0 at halftime.

The Hornets started the third quarter with Bolton catching a 40-yard touchdown pass.

Sumrall avoided a shutout when Dannis Jackson scored on a 20-yard touchdown run with 10:45 left in the third quarter. Aritaeus Johnson blocked the extra point attempt.

Barnett scored on TD runs of 36 and 47 yards as Poplarville led 56-6 after three.

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