The Stone High football team enters the portion of its season Friday that will matter when playoff seeds are sorted out.

The Tomcats [1-3] will travel to Purvis to take on the Tornadoes [3-3] in the District 8-4A season opener at 7 p.m.

“They’re going to come out and play very hard,” coach John Feaster said of the Tornadoes. “It’s their homecoming and they’ll try to put up some big plays on us.”

Purvis began the season with three straight losses, but have been on a winning streak since.

Last week, the Tornadoes defeated Seminary 26-13.

Stone fell to Seminary, 32-23, in week two.

The Purvis offense is led by junior quarterback Hunter Robinson.

The 5-9, 156-pound signal caller has only completed 14 passes this season, but four of those have been for touchdowns.

He’s also added four rushing touchdowns.

When he does go to the air, his favorite target is 6-4, 190-pound senior wide receiver Jesse Johnson.

“He’ll get up in the air and come down with the ball,” Feaster said.

Tailbacks Ty Badon and Kade Sherrill handle the majority of the rushing duties with the sophomore Badon averaging 88 yards-per-game and the junior Sherrill averaging 81.

“He plays all over the field,” Feaster said of Sherrill.

Feaster has stressed to his players all year that, if they work hard and fight, they’ll give themselves a chance in any game.

“Hopefully, we’ll be able to match their intensity and get up for this game,” he said. “It’s our first district opponent and it’s going to be a good football game.”

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