Running back Jesse Pernell rushed for 117 yards and scored three touchdowns as Poplarville routed Lumberton 44-12 on Friday night.
“The offensive line really showed up tonight,” Pernell said. “We came ready to play knowing what we could do and performed great.”
The Hornets (2-1) started quickly for their second consecutive game to grab a 14-0 first quarter lead. They scored on a 10-yard TD pass from Antonio Barnes to Austin Bolton. Barnes hit Evan Smith for 25-yard TD play.
“We have a lot of confidence in our quarterback,” Hornets coach Jay Beech said. “He can do some amazing things out on the field and we want the ball in his hands.”
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Barnes finished with three TD passes. Camden Ray caught a 32-yard touchdown.
Poplarville’s defense allowed only 12 points.
“Our defense was stout tonight, but we need to get more consistent,” Beech said. “They played a great game. If we can touch up on a couple more things, we will be alright for the rest of the season.”
Poplarville running back Austin Bolton, injured his ankle in the first half.
“When he went out, I knew I had to step up my game,” Pernell said. “He is our best back, so I felt like I had to rise up even more to help my team get the victory.”
Lumberton star running back Dre Coleman streaked twice for 70-yard touchdown runs. A third 70- yard TD run was called back due to a holding penalty on Lumberton.
“That is a great team. Everyone says you can’t run the ball on them, but we tried anyway,” Lumberton coach Zach Jones said.