By Ruthie Robison Winston County Journal
The Louisville Wildcats traveled to Columbus last Friday to take on the Class 6A Falcons in a highly anticipated non-division showdown.
The Falcons managed to edge the Wildcats 21-13 in the close contest.
Columbus controlled the ball during the majority of the game with the Wildcat defense working overtime. Several costly turnovers, including two fumbles in Columbus territory, took away much needed scoring opportunities from the Wildcats.
After a scorless first quarter, Louisville started the scoring with a one-yard dive into the end zone by Lawilliam Carter. Dalton Hudspeth added the extra point giving the Wildcats a 7-0 lead with five minutes remaining in the first half.
The Falcons answered back quickly in the second quarter with a touchdown matching Louisville, 7-7.
After halftime, the Wildcats and Falcons entered another scoreless quarter of play.
However in the fourth quarter, the Columbus offense overcame the Wildcat defense adding another Falcon touchdown with 6:31 left in the game.
Ensuring their victory over Louisville, the Falcons entered the end zone again when tailback Kendrick Conner, who finished with a game high 20 carries on 136 yards with one touchdown, made a 22-yard dash putting Columbus ahead, 21-7.
The Wildcats made a late effort to rally with just seconds left in the game. Junior quarterback Wyatt Roberts connected 40 yards through the air with wide receiver Dontae Jones for the touchdown. But with time running out, Louisville could not overcome the 21-13 gap.
On the offensive side of the ball, Cass Love led the rushing attack with 14 carries on 37 yards.
Roberts was 16-26 through the air on 226 yards with one touchdown.
Jones led in receiving catching eight tosses on 126 yards with one touchdown. Desmond Goss followed with five receptions on 55 yards while Travian Hudson contributed with three receptions on 45 yards.
Roberts and Jones had 108 yards during the first half of the game but were unable to convert those to points.
On the defensive side of the ball, Jeremy Sangster led with 15 stop. Raquel Graham followed with seven while Christian Wraggs had six stops and a sack during the game. Dylan Nicholson and Dyquan Jordan had five stops each.
Louisville holds a 3-2 overall record.
This Friday night the Wildcats will play their last non-division game of the season against the Aberdeen Bulldogs before hosting the Houston Hilltoppers (5-0) on Sept. 28.
The Bulldogs have a 3-2 overall record and recently defeated the defending Class 2A champion West Bolivar Eagles last week, 45-28.
Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. at Aberdeen.