High School Notebook: Purvis gets first win in a big way

Purvis hasn’t played to its potential the first two games of the season.

Well that changed on Friday night.

The Tornadoes shocked the entire state when they knocked off four-time defending 2A state champ Bassfield 27-26 in a thriller.

“Big thing for us is we didn’t make many mistakes and they did and we capitalized. That was the difference to me,” said Purvis coach Perry Wheat. “The first two games we hurt ourselves with mistakes and it costs us.”

Quarterback Ty Howell had 108 yards rushing with a touchdown and Dylan Curtis had two rushing touchdowns to lead the Tornadoes.

One thing is Purvis was able at times to stop the potent Bassfield rushing attack.

“Now a days you don’t see the wing-T so it’s just about staying at home,” Wheat said. “You have to have defensive backs come up and try to make tackles and our guys were able to do that.”

Purvis (1-2) has a bye week this week and will return to action on Sept. 16 at Mendenhall.

“We will be able to get some guys healthy and work on some fundamentals,” Wheat said. “That win gave us big boost of confidence so hopefully we can build on it.”


Undefeated Teams

There are exactly 60 teams in Mississippi that are undefeated.

Of course, some are expected to be unbeaten at this point and some are surprising.

One of those undefeated teams are the Booneville Blue Devils (3-0), whose undefeated for the first time under seventh year coach Mike Mattox.

“Very pleased with that and we’ve held some talented teams out of the end zone,” Mattox said. “Our defense is ahead of our offense as of now. Our first 11 on both sides are outstanding, but right now we are trying to establish some depth.”

Booneville is putting in a new offense so it is still a work in progress.

“Kyle Bonds is our new offensive coordinator and its a multiple style offense,” Mattox said. “Kids are starting to get it down and getting better at it, but it’s just going to take time.”

Booneville will hosts rival Corinth (1-2) on Friday.


For the second weekend in a row the MHSAA teams had the most wins against schools from the MAIS. MHSAA schools went 4-3 in Week 2 and went 4-2 last week. The only schools from the MAIS to win were Newton County Academy (35-6 over Sebastopol) and MRA (37-6 over Taylorsville).

MAIS schools lead the series against MHSAA schools this year so far at 10-9.

There’s only one matchup between MHSAA and MAIS schools in Week 4. Holly Springs will travel to take on cross town rival Marshall Academy.