Purvis triumphs over FCAHS

Purvis triumphs over FCAHS

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Purvis triumphs over FCAHS

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Purvis quarterback Ty Howell runs the ball Friday night against Forrest County AHS.

Purvis quarterback Ty Howell runs the ball Friday night against Forrest County AHS.

PURVIS – Streaks and curses are meant to be broken.

Forrest County AHS had its 17-year win streak over rival Purvis snapped by a final score of 21-14 on Oct. 30. With the win, Purvis (6-4, 5-0) clinches their first region title since 1998 and will also host its first round playoff game.

“Well, it feels pretty great, to win it outright,” Purvis head coach Perry Wheat said. “It’s another step. Our kids worked hard all year, so they deserved the opportunity.”

Purvis got things started in the first quarter with a Dyllan Curtis 10-yard touchdown run. The PAT by Brady Farlow was good and Purvis led 7-0. A few series later, a shanked punt by Purvis led to the Aggies (4-6, 3-2) taking over at the Tornado 15-yard line.

A fumble on third and nine helped FCAHS into a fourth-and-one situation, which they converted. On the very next play, Aggie running back Kaden Scott bounded into the end zone to tie the game with three minutes left in the half.

Purvis went up-tempo with three minutes remaining and its two-minute drill resulted in a red zone opportunity with 37 seconds left before half. However, a fumble by James Fakes on the FCAHS 11-yard line gave the Aggies the ball. Then, in a strange turn of events, the Aggies went 89 yards in 29 seconds for a touchdown.

Aggie quarterback Dalton Reiden threw an errant pass into double coverage, and the ball was bobbled and tipped, ending up in the hands of Amar Travis for a 70-yard FCAHS touchdown.

“Yeah, it was really a tipped ball and it was one of those things that the ball bounced just right,” Wheat said. “I think our strong safety broke and thought he was going to intercept it, and it tipped up at a different angle and the kid made a catch to run it in.”

FCAHS took the lead 14-7 into halftime.

While Purvis had the killer turnover in the first half, it would end up being FCAHS that had the one turnover that sealed its fate. Neither team scored in the third quarter, but at the beginning of the fourth, quarterback Lake Smith added a score for Purvis, but the ensuing PAT was blocked.

Both teams would trade punts until FCAHS took over with six minutes left at midfield. After three plays, the Aggies came up short and decided to go for it on fourth down. The gamble paid off, but on the very next play, Reiden fumbled the snap and the Tornadoes recovered with four minutes left.

Purvis then drove the field, using up nearly all of the clock. The Tornadoes sneaked it in again, but this time with a different quarterback: Ty Howell.

Howell’s pass to Fakes was good for the two-point conversion to put the final nail in the coffin.

In a back-and-forth game between the longtime rivals, it was FCAHS that had more turnovers, which head coach Lee Sullivan had warned his team they must not do.

“I couldn’t even tell you how many turnovers there were,” Sullivan said. “We battled hard. Hate we didn’t score in the third quarter, but our kids fought to the very end.”

A frustrated Sullivan didn’t have much else to say, but Wheat did.

“We’re going to enjoy it this weekend, but there’s some bigger things ahead,” Wheat said. “It’s going to be tough. There’s some good teams in the south, so we’ve got to put this one behind us pretty quick and be prepared and hopefully make a little dent in the playoffs.”

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