High School Sports

Tornadoes slip past Poplarville

POPLARVILLE-- Purvis Tornadoes beat Poplarville 23-14 on Friday.

Purvis (5-4, 4-0 Region 7-4A) wide receiver James Fake scored the first touchdown of the evening with a 50-yard touchdown run with seven minutes left in the first quarter.

Quarterback Antonio Barnes threw a 42-yard touchdown pass to receiver Eric Henry tying the game at 7-7 with four minutes left in the half.

The Tornadoes kicked a field goal to lead 10-7 at halftime.

At halftime, Poplarville football player Taylor Wells presented 9-year-old Zarian Phlegm with a signed football and jersey. The youngster, who has undergone 47 surgeries, was named an honorary team member by coaches and players.

His mother, Shantele, said it was an honor for the team to do this for her son.

"It was very loving and made me really overjoyed," she said. "This little town of Poplarville is very giving and caring."

Purvis padded its lead to 17-7 after three quarters.

In the fourth quarter, Barnes' TD pass to Austin Bolton cut the gap to 17-14 with 10 minutes left to play.

Poplarville (5-4, 2-2 Region 7-4A) mised a game-tying field goal with three minutes left.

Any hope of a Hornet comeback was dashed when Purvis' James Fakes' touchdown with 1:40 left clinched the game.

"I'm upset about the loss, but we fought hard and gave it our best shot. Things didn't go our way and we come up short," Hornets coach Jay Beech said. "Sometimes that happens. We got plenty to work on for next game."

The Hornets will travel to Columbia on Oct. 30. Purvis plays FCAHS for the Region 7-4A title.