Poplarville Hornets Ready to Sting in First Title Game Appearance
The Poplarville football team reached new heights on Friday by advancing to the program’s first 4A state championship game. Why stop there? The Hornets could make another first by taking down Lafayette on Saturday with one good sting.
For the Hornets playing football in December is uncharted territory.
Poplarville Head Coach Jay Beech said, “Yeah, it’s just very exciting for us, very exciting times for us. We’ve never experienced this, we’ve never experienced this much media and press coverage.”
Poplarville Free Safety Camden Ray said, “It’s definitely a lot to take in. This has never happened before. It’s always been our dream and we kind of knew this year would be the year we could make it happen. Now that it’s here, it’s a little overwhelming in a sense, but we’re ready.”
Poplarville has been ready dating back to a week one loss at St. Martin. Ever since, the Hornets have ripped off 12 straight wins, outscoring opponents by 363 points during that stretch. Small victories in the big picture however of seeing their reflections in that gold ball. “Well, after we won our district championship, we got together and talked about our new goal and started focusing on winning a state championship. Now that we’re here, we have a chance to win the state championship,” said Beech.
But winning won’t come easy. The Lafayette Commodores come in, matching Poplarville’s 12 game winning streak and have been to the title game as recently as 2013.
Even still, the South State champs remain confident in themselves and their brothers.
Poplarville plays the 3 p.m. game on Saturday for all the marbles in Class 4A.
The Hornets have their final walk thru tomorrow before serving as grand marshals in the Friday night Christmas parade.