By Austin Bishop
The Winston County Journal
M.C. Miller has seen a lot of things in his Illustrious coaching career, but Louisville junior running back Demarcus Brooks provided him with a first during the Wildcats 56-27 MHSAA Class 3A State Football Playoffs win over Water Valley on Friday night.
“I have never had a player run for five touchdowns in a game before,” Miller said. “In fact, I’ve never had one score five touchdowns in a game in any way.”
All of that changed against Water Valley as the 6-foot, 185-pound Brooks not only rushed for 118 yards on 12 carries but scored on touchdown runs of 50, 7, 3, 10 and 2 yards to help push the Wildcats to 13-0 on the season.
“He was getting good blocking but he was also making some real good cuts too,” Miller said. “It was just a good effort.”
The Wildcats had it rolling on offense as they scored touchdowns on their first eight possessions of the game.
Water Valley was doing a little scoring as well early on, before the LHS defense tightened up. Louisville led 21-13 at the end of the first quarter and 42-20 at the half, before scoring 14 unanswered points in the third quarter to put the game away.
Brooks wasn’t the only Wildcats hanging up some impressive offensive numbers.
Senior quarterback Wyatt Roberts, a Jacksonville State University commit, hit on 24-of-33 passes for 355 yards and three touchdowns, all of which went to Dontae Jones. He had six catches for 165 yards and touchdown receptions of 61, 10 and 22 yards.
Senior wide receiver Dalton Hudspeth caught eight passes for 73 yards, while Desmond Goss had four catches for 37 yards and Avonte Harris, Travian Hudson and Rodrick Roberts had two catches each and Brooks had one. Corey McCullough was good on all eight of his extra point attempts.
Next up for the Wildcats is a trip to the Mississippi Delta on Friday night where they will take on the 10-3 Trojans of Cleveland Eastside.
“They are a pretty good football team,” Miller said. “Everybody who is still playing is a good team. Nothing is easy from here on out.”
Eastside has taken advantage of its explosive offense to put up some big numbers this season, including a 57-38 win over North Panola in the second round of the playoffs last week.
The other Class 3A North State semifinal game on tap this week has Charleston taking on North Pontotoc, which beat Kemper County in overtime last week.