Cats hope to scratch off Bulldogs in second round of playoffs

By Ruthie Robison The Winston County Journal

The Louisville Wildcats are aiming to add another trophy to their shelf this season.

The Wildcats entered the first round of the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 4A playoffs last Friday hosting the Region 1, No. 3 Corinth Warriors.

The Wildcats and Warriors took R.E. Hinze Field intending to extend their seasons.

Louisville managed to overpower Corinth early in the game and grabbed a 42-19 playoff victory.

Led by head coach M.C. Miller, Louisville set the tone early in the game.

The Wildcats moved the ball quickly down the field with their first possession of the game. With 10:02 left in the first quarter, senior running back Cass Love made an eight-yard dash to the end zone. Corey McCullough added the extra point for the Wildcats.

Louisville had gained an early lead that they would not relinquish, 7-0.

The Wildcat defense forced the Warriors a three-and-out possession. With Louisville starting from their own 36-yard line, the Wildcats began a trek to the end zone. Love scored again for Louisville with a run from 10 yards out.

The Wildcats made a big defensive stand after the Warriors took possession of the ball late in the first quarter. After a Corinth failed field goal attempt, Louisville took over on their own 20-yard line. Headed by junior quarterback Wyatt Roberts, the Wildcats began their air assault and began moving into Warrior territory. With the ball on the Corinth eight-yard line, Love entered the end zone for the third time during the game. Roberts connected with sophomore wide receiver Dontae Jones for the extra points.

With 7:19 left in the first half of the game, Louisville had a 21-0 lead.

Corinth finally answered back minutes later with a touchdown pass.

However with just seconds left before the half, the Wildcats increased their lead with a perfectly placed throw from Roberts to junior wide receiver Lathomas Brown.

McCullough added the extra point.

Louisville took a 28-6 advantage over Corinth into halftime.

The Warriors were able to tack on a pair of touchdowns in the second half of the game.

But the Wildcats added a couple of touchdowns of their own keeping a hold on the momentum.

In the third quarter, after intercepting a Corinth pass, Louisville capitalized with a three-yard run by junior running back Drew Lee.

Later in the fourth quarter, the Wildcats capped their win after Roberts found junior wide receiver Desmond Goss in the end zone.

Louisville collected a total of 584 yards.

Love led the rushing attack with 17 carries for 191 yards with three touchdowns. Sophomore Lawilliam Carter had three carries for 24 yards while Goss had five carries for 11 yards. Junior Travian Hudson had two carries for seven yards while junior J.J. Waldrip had one carry for five yards. Lee had had two carries for four yards with one touchdown.

Roberts was 21-28 through the air for 305 yards with two touchdowns.

Goss had nine receptions for 127 yards with one touchdown while Hudson had three receptions for 76 yards. Brown had three receptions for 47 yards with one touchdown. Jones had had three receptions for 28 yards while Dalton Hudspeth had three receptions for 27 yards.

Goss returned three kickoffs for a total of 88 yards for the Wildcats.

McCullough was 5-6 for points-after-touchdown.

Louisville will enter the second round of playoff action with an 8-4 record overall record.

The Wildcats will travel to New Albany this Friday to square off with the Region 2, No. 1 Bulldogs.

The Bulldogs hold a 8-4 overall record and recently defeated Gentry, 34-0.

Kickoff is set for 7:00 p.m.