Poplarville defensive end Chad Hart is the Hornets energizer

Poplarville defensive end Chad Hart is the Hornets energizer

POPLARVILLE, MS (WLOX) - Both Poplarville and Lafayette enter the title showdown having run-off 12-consecutive wins.

The team that can unleash a ferocious defense will most likely win the game.

Hornets head coach Jay Beech and his assistants have relied on a defense that is giving up only 16 points per game while the Poplarville offense has averaged 41 points an outing.

The Commodores defense has been rock solid, yielding only 11 points per game while the Lafayette offense has averaged 32 points.

Defensive tackle Chad Hart is the Hornets energizer.  The 6 foot, 260 pound senior is a fierce competitor.  Number 58 doesn't turn-off his aggressive motor, entering the championship game with 76 tackles.

Head coach Jay Beech said, "You don't see many defensive tackles make plays 30 to 40 yards down the field.  Full-out effort and he kind of represents our senior class.  That's how they play."

Poplarville suffered an opening season loss to St. Martin and that setback didn't sit well with the Hornets.

Hart said, "The team got together and we said we're going on a streak.  We're going to win out.  And that's what we did. Everybody got all in, bought in and that's what we've been doing."

Poplarville wants to close out a phenomenal season by winning the 4A State title, something that they would remember for the rest of their lives.

"It means everything, everything we all worked for, dreamed for, "said Hart.  "It's in our hands, we've got to take it."

WLOX-ABC will televise the Poplarville-Lafayette 4A championship game beginning 3 p.m. Sunday.

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