High School Sports

Senior steps up to lead Poplarville against Lumberton

Poplarville running back Jesse Pernell
Poplarville running back Jesse Pernell Ttisbell@sunherald.com

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.”

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.