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Poplarville presents a different challenge for Mendenhall Friday in 4A State Playoff Game


Last Friday Mendenhall shocked the 4A football ranks by upsetting St. Stanislaus 30 to 22 in overtime.

Poplarville will present a different challenge for Mendenhall after their upset win over the pass oriented Rockachaws.  They'll face a Hornets power running game.

Poplarville head coach Jay Beech has injected pride and a winning attitude into the Hornets football program.

There's a pulse that beats throughout the team especially when Poplarville runs it's Wing-T offense.

Senior fullback Jesse Pernell is a tenacious runner, using his 5-11, 200 pound body frame to rip-off 1,374 yards and 22 touchdowns.
Pernell says he's thankful for his God-given talents.

Pernell said, "I really thank God for what he has gotten me this far because if it wasn't for him, we wouldn't be in this position right now. So, by us doing what we've got to do, playing as a team, that's bringing all the attention to us.  Everybody get their time to shine.  There's no selfishness over here."

Opponents can't just concentrate on stopping Pernell.  The Hornets will put the ball into the hands of 5-8, 170 pound tailback Austin Bolton. The Hornets lightning bolt has struck for 1,331 rushing yards and 16 touchdowns.

"I just follow behind my guards Austin Arceneaux and Kyle Tynes and they lead the way and I just go, "said Bolton.

Coach Beech says don't be fooled by Bolton's size.

"He's a little but smaller guy, "stated Beech.  "But he's really strong for his size.  He breaks a lot of tackles as well.  He and Pernell both have excellent vision in finding the holes."

Poplarville defeated Quitman 33 to 12 last Friday giving the Hornets 10 consecutive wins.

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