Poplarville runs out of sting in third State Title Game in four years

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In the early Saturday game, Poplarville representing 4A South for the third time in four years, taking on a 13-1 Corinth squad that knocked out two undefeated teams to get here. 9-5 Hornets battling back from a 1-4 start just to get to this point.

Poplarville’s dream run back to the State Title Game ends in the hands of defeat, 55-21 final score. But what an amazing accomplishment to even make it to this point, three South State championships in four years.

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But those can only do so much to take away the sting of three State Championship Game losses in four years.  Poplarville Head Coach Jay Beech said, “Feels about the same. About the same. Just very disappointed. You build yourself up. You think you have a chance to win and you come out short and it hurts. You just want to win one. We’re tired of just getting here. We want to win one, and it just didn’t work out for us.”

Poplarville Quarterback Blaise Breerwood said, “Just to start 1-4 and to battle back and get here, we’ve been through adversity with injuries, and I’m so blessed to just have these boys and I’m so proud of them. Even though we didn’t get the outcome we wanted, we won it in my heart and I’m proud of my team.”

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A native of Pass Christian and a St. Stanislaus alum, Jeff Haeger comes to News 25 from right in our backyard. He most recently spent more than three years working as the sports reporter for WHLT-TV in Hattiesburg, where he provided extensive coverage of his alma mater, The University of Southern Mississippi. At Southern Miss, Jeff was a member of the Honors College and graduated with a B.A. degree in Broadcast Journalism with a minor in Spanish. He also wrote for USM's award-winning school newspaper, The Student Printz, where he won first place for Best Sports Story in 2013. Jeff loves to travel, and is excited to get back on the water to reunite with his family. In his spare time you can find Jeff spending time with his friends, and maybe even winning a fantasy football league. For sports stories contact Jeff at jhaeger@wxxv25.com.