By Austin Bishop
The Winston County Journal
It’s not often that a football team gets to make history, especially which it’s part of a storied program such as the one at Louisville High School, but the 2013 Wildcats can do just that.
While LHS has won seven State Championships in either Class 4A or 3A since the MHSAA Playoffs began in 1984, none of those teams managed to go undefeated along the way. In fact, the last Louisville team to finish the season without a loss was the 1971 squad that went 11-0, including a win over Ackerman High School in the Choctaw Conference Championship game.
“From the beginning of the season we have been talking about wanting to go undefeated,” said LHS head coach M.C. Miller. “They have a chance to make some history of their own. That would be something special.”
Miller knows something about going undefeated; his 2008 Noxubee County High School squad went 15-0 on the way to winning the Class 4A State Championship.
“It’s not an easy thing to do,” he said. “It’s really not. Especially here at Louisville where we play tough teams in our non-district games. We look to win championships, going undefeated is just something a little extra.”
The Wildcats, ranked No. 1 in Class 3A and No. 3 in the Super Ten by the Jackson clarion-Ledger, took another big step in that direction last Friday night when they scored four first quarter touchdowns on the way to a 42-6 win over homestanding Kemper County.
“They had been talking a little trash like they were going to surprise us,” Miller said of the KCHS players. “Our guys came out and responded. They didn’t let the talk get to them.”
LHS was up 27-0 at the end of the first quarter and began substituting before halftime as the ‘Cats led 42-0 at the intermission.
Next up for Louisville is the final home game of the regular season for the Wildcats, as they host region foe Nettleton for Senior Night.
“We are telling the guys they need to go out there and take care of business like they did against Kemper County,” Miller said. “We have a few guys who are a little banged up and we are going to try to let them rest and get ready for the playoffs. We are already in the playoffs now. We just need to make sure we are in good shape when they begin.”
Louisville’s first touchdown against Kemper County came on a 40-yard run off a fake punt by Nicholas Shields. The Wildcats’ other first-quarter touchdowns came on a 43-yard run by Demarcus Brooks, an 18-yard pass from Wyatt Roberts to Desmond Goss and an 18-yard run by Drew Lee. Corey McCullough was good on three extra point kicks in the quarter and four for the game.
Jeremy Sangster recorded a safety for LHS early in the second quarter, before Goss hauled in another scoring pass from Roberts and freshman quarterback Brady Anderson closed out Louisville’s scoring with a 7-yard run.
Roberts hit on 9-of-16 passes for 116 yards and rushed for 33 more in the win for LHS, while Brooks had 82 rushing yards on just two attempts and J.J. Waldrip had six carries for 31 yards.
Dontae Jones had three catches for 45 yards to lead the Wildcats, while Goss had three for 37 yards and Dalton Hudspeth had two for 29.