Lawrence County Cougars take on top region team

Published 8:44 pm Thursday, October 25, 2018

Most probably wouldn’t have picked the Lawrence County Cougars to be in the position they are in now at the start of the season.

Coming off an 0-5 division record in 2017, the Cougars (7-3) have done a complete 180, as they travel to Poplarville Friday night to take on the homestanding Hornets (8-1).

Lawrence County and first-year head coach Jesse Anderson lost their first region game last week 41-20 to Greene County. Even so, the Cougars can win the region with a victory tonight against Poplarville. With the other top teams in the division — Sumrall and Greene County — also playing tonight, the Cougars will end up as the three or four seed if they lose.

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To take the top spot the Cougars will have to do something that no Region 7-4A team has done since 2015 — beat Poplarville.

The Hornets are like the Cougars in that they use a power rushing attack offensively. Poplarville averages 318 yards rushing per game and, like the Cougars, they have at least four primary ball carriers.

Poplarville lost 28-20 to Picayune in their season-opener and have won eight games in a row since. Last season, the Hornets beat Lawrence County 58-20 in Monticello. The 2017 Poplarville team made it to the south state finals, where they lost 52-45 to East Central. In 2016, the Hornets lost 27-12 to Lafayette County in the 4A championship game.

Kickoff between the Hornets and Cougars is set for 7 p.m. in Poplarville.

Story by Cliff Furr