PHS Poplarville High School

The Poplarville High School serves students grades 9th through 12th. The campus is located at #1 Hornet Drive, Poplarville MS 39470. You can reach PHS at (voice) (601) 795 8424 or (fax) (601) 795-1345.

Principal: Jonanthan Will
Assistant Principal: Timmy Story

Hornets Have Winning Edge In Hwy 26 Rivalry


Poplarville varsity football was victorious over Stone County at The Hornet’s Nest on Friday, September 9th with a final score of 38-35.  

Poplarville won once again in dramatic fashion as Austin Bolton crossed the goal line with just 1:45 remaining in the contest to give the Hornets their last lead of the evening in a ball game that the fans saw the lead change hands 3 times.  Poplarville didn’t waste any time getting off to a fast start scoring on its first two possessions and taking a commanding 14-0 lead.  Stone County would eventually find the endzone and take advantage of some Hornet miscues to make the score 21-21 at the half.  The Tomcats came out and continued to control the momentum and success that they owned late in the 2nd quarter scoring TDs on their first two possessions.  The Hornet Offensive Line led by seniors Austin Arceneaux and Evan Smith continued to dominate the Tomcat line of scrimmage and Jesse Pernell and Austin Bolton managed to find the endzone once each in the second half.  For the second week this season a kick proved to be the winning edge as Nick Kirschbaum kicked a 36 yard field goal to pull the Hornets within 4 with just over 6 minutes remaining.  The Hornets Offense finished the night with 370 yards on 57 carries en route to their victory over arch rival Stone County.  

This past Friday, September 16th, the varsity game against Hancock County was rained out and will not be made up.  The Hornets will be off this coming Friday, September 23rd, for their By-Week.

Hornets will resume action on September 30th when they travel to Greene County to begin their District Competitions.    


Lady Hornets Clinch a Playoff Spot, Winning 3 Games This Week

Lady Hornet slowpitch softball stays in the lead with 4-0 in Region play.  With a score of 8-2, the girls once again overcame Moss Point on Monday, September 12th.  They defeated the Aggies 14-2 at home on Tuesday, September 13th.

Last night, September 15th, the Lady Hornets traveled to Forrest County and swept the Lady Aggies with a score of 11-0.  From the first inning, the Lady Hornets started a stretch of runs when Senior Samantha Shields hit a line drive, which led to a run for Rakeya Travis.  From there the game progressed, giving the Lady Hornets the victory and clinching a spot in the Playoffs.  With the positivity of the team and fans, the Hornets will succeed.  As Coach Jackson says, “Just a team full of LOVE.”

The Lady Hornets will play Purvis on Tuesday, September 20th for the District Championship.  Everyone come out and support these girls, Coach Jackson, and Coach Dedeaux.


Lady Hornets 1-0 in District 4A

The Lady Hornets’ slow pitch softball team take a win against Moss Point at home on Thursday, September 8th.  The game started out slow for the Hornets with Moss Point up by 2 runs at the bottom of the first inning.  However, by the third inning, Megan McGill jump-starts the team with a run.  Soon after Megan’s score, the Lady Hornets were in the lead with 5 points.  The Lady Hornets stay on top as the game progresses, and finish big with a final score of 12-2 putting them 1-0 in district play.

The Lady Hornets will have a replay tonight (September 12th) at Moss Point.

Tuesday, September 13th- Home game against Forrest County.

Thursday, September 15th- At Forrest County

All Junior Varsity games are at 5:30; Varsity at 7:00


Students Recognized for Advanced Scores

Poplarville High School students, who scored Advanced on a state test during the 2015-2016 school year, received free game admission and were recognized for their achievement before the Stone County game Friday, September 9th.  Each student is required to pass a state assessment in Algebra, U.S. History, Biology, and English before graduation.  62 PHS students were acknowledged. We are extremely proud of these students for their hard work and dedication.






Overtime for Christ


Poplarville High School students participated in a 5th Quarter devotion after the Stone County game Friday night.  Everyone is invited to join in Overtime for Christ (OTC), a short student-led devotion, after each home game in the endzone.  Our next OTC will take place next Friday, September 16th after the Hancock game.


Hornets Pass by Lumberton en route to 44-12 Victory, Big Test Today as Stone comes to Poplarville


The Hornet Offense racked up 415 yards of total offense Friday night as Poplarville came out victorious for the second week in a row.    Sophomore Quarterback Antonio Barnes lit it up Friday night passing for 121 yards and 3 TDs.  Barnes threw TD passes to 3 separate Hornet receivers; Canaan Ray - 3 catches 44 yards 1 TD, Evan Smith - 1 catch 25 yards 1 TD, and Austin Bolton 2 catches 30 yards 1 TD.  While Barnes was spreading the ball around, Senior Fullback and Pearl River Community College commit, Jesse Pernell had another typical night scoring 3 TDs on the ground.  Seniors Turan Smith and Camden Ray led the team with 6 and 8 tackles respectively.  The Hornet Defense controlled the Lumberton ground game for most of the night with the exception of a few long runs.  Nick Kirschbaum finished the night 5/6 on PATs and added the final score with a field goal.

There couldn't be a more exciting home opener than the one we have in store Friday night.  The Hornets will host their friendly neighbors just down Hwy 26 East as the Stone County Tomcats come to Poplarville.  The Tomcats have enjoyed much success this year as they have jumped out to a 3-0 start for the first time in 26 years.  Stone County is a power run football team that has racked up 950 rushing yards in just 3 games while the Hornets have rushed for 953 on the season.  Come out and support the Hornets as they take on Stone County.  Kickoff is set for 7:00.




Name the Hornet


The Poplarville School District PTO (Parent Teacher Organization) held the first ever “Name the Hornet” contest.  The hornet mascot position was created to promote school spirit and represent the student body.  Poplarville High School students were required to possess a 2.5 grade point average along with two teacher recommendations before applying.

The PTO selected 4 PHS students out of the many applicants, who will alternate duties throughout the year.  Richard Patton, Dawson Brown, Lisa Wright and Brett Corbello were picked to wear the new costume purchased by our PTO.  The Hornet will be used throughout the district,  and will appear at sporting events, parades, festivals, community events and other special activities.  

Check out the facebook page, “Hometown Hype”, to follow The Hornet.  You never know where he might show up.


PHS Cheerleaders Announce “LITTLE HORNET CHEER” Camp Fundraiser

It’s football season and the PHS cheerleaders are ready to cheer for the Hornets!  Join us on Saturday, September 17, 2016, to learn cheers, chants, and dances.  We will perform Pre-Game at the October 7, 2016, PHS versus Forrest County AHS football game.  

Appropriate attire required, tennis shoes only please. Refreshments will be provided.

Grades:  PreK(4) - 5th grade

Location:  PHS Gym

Cost:    $25.00 - Make checks payable to PHS Cheerleaders

Times:     Registration and Sign-in will begin at 8:30 am

    Cheer Camp 9 am - 12 pm

    Parent Performance - 12 pm

    Pre-Game Performance - October 7, 2016 (PHS vs. Forrest County AHS)

Report to the PHS Gym at 6:15 pm (10/7/16). Little Hornet Cheerleaders will perform at the football stadium at 6:40 pm

Forms should be turned in to your child’s teacher or the PHS Office by September 14, 2016.  

Please contact Keri Smith at Poplarville High School if you have any questions!

PHS High School Office:  601-795-8424, ext. 2505

Email address:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Click on the link below to download the PHS Little Hornet Cheer Camp Form:





PHS Celebrates State Test Success

On Thursday, September 1st, PHS rewarded 10th-12th grade students who passed their state tests last year. Students received an extended break and enjoyed drinks, chocolate and chips. The students were surprised to be rewarded for their scores earned, and we are hoping to make this a new tradition. PHS is so thankful for the hard work that our students and teachers displayed in preparation for the tests. This is just a small token of our gratitude. 336 students were invited to participate in the celebration! 


Poplarville High School is excited to let everyone know that we have started FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes).  This group will come together every Tuesday at 3:20 in the High School library or Room 112 at the High School.  Locations and times could change throughout the year according to growth of this organization. We encourage both schools’ student bodies to get involved. Anyone and everyone is invited to come and take part in this time of fellowship.

If anyone has questions about FCA at the high school go by and see Coach Adam Smith.  If you are located at the middle school and have questions, please see Coach Luke Gipson.  

ISAIAH 41:10

Do not fear, for I am with you;

Do not be afraid, for I am your GOD.

I will strengthen you; I will help you;

I will hold on to you with MY righteous right hand.




Hornets Outlast the Devils

The Poplarville Hornet Football team did something Friday night that the last few teams couldn’t….. Beat PRC.  The Hornets started off strong throwing a huge blow as Hornet Fullback Jesse Pernell took the opening play of the game 69 yards for the TD.  The Hornet Offense was very productive in moving the football for the majority of the game, only being forced to punt once.  Juniors Peyton Graham and Austin Bolton scored the final two TDs of the contest.  Austin Bolton was the big gainer of the night rushing for 156 yards on 17 carries.  The Defensive Line and Linebackers stood out for Poplarville as the Blue Devils were unable to locate open holes to run through all night.  Nick Kirschbaum was the hero of the night kicking a game winning 38 yard field goal with 12 seconds remaining on the clock.  Nick was also 3 of 3 on PATs.  The Hornets will travel to Lumberton this week to take on another arch rival.  Game time is set for 7:00.





CTE Student Org Night Out With The Shuckers

On Monday, August 22nd, the club members of the CDC programs; HOSA, TSA, FCCLA, DECA, and FFA came together for a fun trip to Biloxi. The students and teachers attended a Shucker’s baseball game. The students had a great time watching the game, eating ballpark food, and spending time with fellow classmates. A few lucky students left with a game ball. The Shucker’s won the game 2-1.

Tatum Davis, HOSA Reporter


Hornets Run Out of Steam in St. Martin

The season opener began exactly where the jamboree ended as the Hornets quickly jumped out to a 14-0 lead on 6A foe St. Martin.  On the Hornets opening drive Jesse Pernell raced down the sideline for a 65 yard gain and he would later finish the drive with a 1 yard TD plunge into the endzone.  The Hornet defense quickly added a stop and put the offense back on the field with great field position.  Moments later Antonio Barnes connected with Austin Bolton for a 25 yard TD pass to make the score 14-0.  Unfortunately Poplarville would not find the endzone again for the remainder of the contest.  Jesse Pernell finished the night as the leading rusher with 122 yards on 17 carries and 1 TD.  Chris Fowler was the second leading rusher with 67 yards on the ground.  Antonio Barnes threw 8 times and completed 4 for 76 yards.  The Hornets will take a short trip down Hwy 11 this week to take on arch rival Pearl River Central in Carriere.  Poplarville has failed to defeat the Blue Devils in it’s last 4 attempts.  Take the short trip to Carriere Friday night and help our boys end this streak.  Go Hornets!!


Smith Looks to Build Off 2015-16 Season

Coach Smith enters his 7th season as the Head Soccer coach at Poplarville High School.  He has coached the boy’s team for 6 years and has guided the Lady Hornets the past two seasons.  Coach Smith is very excited about the core group that returns for both squads.

The 2016-17 Lady Hornets will be led by Senior Forward/Midfielder Merisa Myrick and Senior Goalkeeper Kaitlyn Barber.  Some other key returning starters from last year’s playoff team are: Senior-Jasy Lee; Junior(s)- Amber Smith, Gracie Smith, Lexey Breerwood and Ali Glasscock; Sophomore(s)- Candi Spiers, Hannah McClendon and Karlee Price; Freshman- Star Newson and Eighth Grader Julianna Wells.  “We are very fortunate to have only had one player graduate last year.  Granted that player was a big key in the success that we had last year.  But I feel we will be more experienced this year going into the regular season.  We have set high expectations on this group and they are responding well.  As any team, if they stay healthy and keep a level head on their shoulders they should be able to do some great things this season”, says Coach Smith.  The team will have some very solid players that will come off the bench and help contribute to any success had this coming season.  The girls are competing daily to earn playing time as well as getting each other better.  The girl’s team could be one, if not the best team that has come through Poplarville.  Coach Smith looks for them to make a deep run into the playoffs, “I have told them many times they will be the team to beat in the district and if they want to be the team with a bullseye on their back, they must compete each day at practice.  They will no longer be the team that everyone overlooks in the District or in South 4A”.

On the boys side, the Hornets are coming off injury after injury during the 2015-16 campaign.  The Hornets were not able to stay healthy and saw multiple starters go down throughout the season.  Coach Smith goes on to say, “Last year was a tough season for injuries, but with all the injuries many players had to step up and got a lot of quality playing experience.  If anything positive came out of last season with the injuries, it was that this year we will have a good core group returning that saw a lot of game action last season”.  The Hornets will be led by Senior(s)- Ethan McIntyre, Josh Davis, Turan Smith, Austin Carter and Nick Kirshbaum.  Other returning players that will contribute to the success the Hornets have this season are : Senior Evan Smith, Junior(s)- Mason Nodurft, Chris Fowler and Jayden Shaw, Sophomore(s)- Bradley Stines, Cade Johnson, Austin Ashley, Cameron Hodge, Chris Hughes and Tres Ray and Eighth grader Maddux Francis.

We will have to have Maddux Francis along with some other underclassmen step up early in the season as we anticipate our football team making a deep run into the playoffs.  With the two seasons overlapping we will be without some key starters.  Turan Smith, Austin Carter, Nick Kirschbaum, Evan Smith, and Chris Fowler are all football players that will play a role in the success we have on the soccer field this season.

The Hornets are a year removed from making it to the 2nd round of the state playoffs.  Coach Smith says, “As mentioned before, if this group stays healthy this could be a special year once again on the boy’s side.  We have some very good athletes and soccer players and with a mix of kids like that you can do some special things.  At the start of the season, some players will get much needed game action.  Those players will be a factor for us as the season progresses into January.  We need a few players to step-up into a quality leadership role and lead by example and this group has the potential to make another run into the playoffs.”

For both teams there will always be a player or two step-up big and become a quality asset to the team that was not mentioned.  Every year we have a kid that just continues to get better and works hard and finds themselves in the playing rotation.

I am looking forward to the season, which is 10 weeks away.  The first game is a Jamboree on October 29th at Laurel against Laurel and Quitman.











Friday Nights are Back

The Poplarville Hornets open the 2016 season on Friday, August 19th at The Hive in St. Martin.  Kickoff is set for 7:00 for this Week 1 Non-Division contest.  The Hornets are coming off an exciting Jamboree win over 6A Biloxi while St. Martin did not compete in any preseason action.  Poplarville will be looking to avenge a 47-20 loss suffered in its opening game last season at the hands of the Yellowjackets.  Come out and support your Poplarville Hornets!!  Everyone is encouraged to wear green!





2016 Ironman Competition

The Hornet Football Team finished up its off season training program with it’s 9th annual Ironman.  It was a tight race with a lot of new records being set.  








Here are the Top 10:

  1. Sr. Jesse Pernell - 232 pts.  (New School Record)

  2. Sr. Jamerrick Waller - 230 pts.

  3. Sr. Camden Ray - 219 pts.

  4. (Tie) Sr. Zac Rice - 218 pts.

(Tie) Jr. Peyton Graham - 218 pts.

     6.   Sr. Nick Kirschbaum - 208 pts.

     7.   Jr. Austin Bolton - 203 pts.

     8.   Sr. Turan Smith - 201 pts.

     9.   Sr. Chad Hart - 200 pts.

    10.  Sr. Trey Griffen - 198 pts.

Overall Weight Champion: Jamerrick Waller - Total 1,045 lbs.  Bench/Squat/Power Clean

The 2016 Ironmen will be displayed on a sign in the Field House.  Congrats to these young men on such a remarkable accomplishment and good luck this season.




Hornets Win Thriller at Biloxi Jamboree

If it didn’t count and was just a preseason tune up game you sure couldn’t tell it.  A large Hornet crowd was treated to a Jamboree that saw the lead change 3 times in the last 1 minute and 30 seconds of the game.  The Hornet Defense came up big on Biloxi’s first possession as DJ Travis elevated and intercepted a pass in the endzone.  Nick Kirschbaum opened up the scoring with a 36 yard field goal that gave the Hornets an early 3-0 lead.  Biloxi intercepted a batted ball that resulted in a Touchdown for the Indians.  The Hornet Offense would respond on the ensuing drive as Tyson Holston slipped into the endzone on a 16 yard Touchdown run to give Poplarville the lead 10-7.  Biloxi would answer quickly as future Division 1 WR Tim Jones caught a tipped pass and raced into the endzone to make the score 14-10.  The Hornet Offense then put together its last scoring drive of the contest as Junior RB Austin Bolton scored on a 10 yard TD run.  The score stood at 17-14 with under two minutes left in the 2 quarter jamboree as things began to get interesting.  After a 4 play drive that included a long run and two pass completions to Tim Jones, the Biloxi Indians seemed to have snatched the win from the Hornets as Biloxi scored with :23 seconds remaining on the clock.  The extra point was good and Biloxi had the lead 21-17 as they lined up to kick the ball off.  DJ Travis fielded the ball on the Hornets own 1 yard line and hit a seam that parted like the Red Sea.  Luke Mitchell picked up the game winning block after eliminating the last eligible tackler.  Travis streaked into the end zone and was soon accompanied by the whole bench.  Mr. Will was so excited he broke his umbrella.  If this Jamboree is any indication of the type of season we will have, Hornet fans better buckle up.  A clip of the return can be found at the link below.  The JV took a 28-14 decision over Biloxi in 2 quarters of action.  Stats from the Jamboree are as follows.

DJ Travis' Kick Off Return

Roosevelt Raine

11 carries for 85 yards

1 TD

Austin Bolton

10 carries for 81 yards

1 TD

Jesse Pernell

12 carries for 65 yards


Chris Fowler

12 carries for 57 yards

1 TD

Tyson Holston

6 carries for 29 yards

1 TD

Trey Griffen

3 carries for 22 yards


Tyler Breland

3 carries for 10 yards

1 TD

Peyton Graham

1 carry for 4 yards


Antonio Barnes

3/7 passing for 70 yards


Josh Brown

1/2 passing for 15 yards


Pacey McBride

½ passing for 6 yards


PHS Open House and Meet the Hornets

PHS Open House is Thursday, August 18 beginning at 5:00 p.m. with Meet the Hornets at 7:00 p.m.  2017 Seniors and their parents will meet in the Cafeteria at 5:30. Parents will meet and greet with teachers at their own pace.  

Lady Hornets Return to the Mound

The Lady Hornet Slow Pitch Softball team is proud to announce the new assistant coach, Janessa Dedeaux. Janessa Dedeaux is a former assistant coach from William Carey University and also a former Lady Hornet. We are happy to have her back in Hornet Country!

The girls have been busy preparing for the upcoming season that will begin next week.  Head coach, Ryan Jackson, shared his predictions for the approaching season, “I always feel that we are in the running to be playing deep into October. Even though we are a growing team, we have the potential to be the best I have coached.”  Eight key players graduated in May, leaving Samantha Shields as the only Senior on the team this year.

The Lady Hornets are very excited for the season to begin.  They have been hard at work learning new techniques, such as “The Line Drive Pro”.  The girls can’t wait to put the new drill’s into play this season.

The Lady Hornet 2016 season will begin Tuesday, August 16th at home on Pete Jackson Field when they face West Harrison.  Junior Varsity at 5:30, Varsity at 7:00!    


Times Changed PHS Football Events

Due to the weather forcast this week, PHS has made the following changes:
- PHS Open House (5:00) and Meet the Hornets (7:00) has been rescheduled for Thursday, August 18th.
- The PHS Football Jamboree vs. Biloxi will be played at Biloxi High School Friday, August 12th.  Kickoff at 6:00.